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The Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School

About this school...

Mission Statement:
To provide a quality education to students and to graduate students who are prepared to enter college, vocational training, and today’s workforce. We offer an advanced curriculum, a class size of 20 students, and a highly qualified team of certified teachers.

Received recent authorization for Advanced Placement course; Boys’ Basketball team, Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Class A State finalists, 2014; PIAA Class A State champions, 2011; and Division E winners three consecutive years; individual winners in DeVry University Math Elite Competition, 2013; 1st-place team, Pennsylvania Stock Market Game

Points of pride:
Nearly all graduates attend college or vocational training; over $1 million in scholarships awarded to graduates; Gates Millennium Scholarship winner, 3 consecutive years; students feed 500 homeless residents weekly; students and staff raise $800-$1,000 a week to fund the Homeless Project and donate $1 per week (money used to supply over 100 toiletry bags)

AP courses:
Calculus AB, Calculus BC, English Literature & Composition

Other special academic offerings:
Accounting & Financial Services; Computer Systems Networking, Health-Related Technologies; Computer Support Systems Technology; Medical, Education and Law Academies

Foreign languages:

Measures for positive, safe learning:
Security staff is posted throughout the building, including female bathroom monitors. Rules are posted in every classroom. Teachers greet students at their doors. Teachers and security supervise during lunch. Surveillance cameras are located throughout the building. Security staff is posted outside and in the subway during dismissal time. We have zero tolerance for misbehavior.

Parent Involvement:
Classroom volunteers, parent committee; board of trustees; Back to School Night; report card conferences; annual parent conferences; Veronica Joyner Scholarship Fund Luncheon; Homeless Project; Christmas canned-food drive and Thanksgiving baskets; chaperones on school trips

Arts activities and classes:
Vocal music classes or ensemble; choir; instrumental music classes; dance instruction; drill team; school play or musical(s)

Activities & special programs:
Public speaking club; sewing club; chess club; jewelry-making club; puzzle club; computer club; yearbook club; mock trial; spelling bee competitions; math club; Spanish club; SAT prep: Homeless Project; before school and afterschool program; tutoring

Boys' sports:
Basketball, (students can participate in Football at the neighborhood school)

Girls' sports:

SEPTA routes:
2, 4, 16, 23, 43, 61, Broad Street subway

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Comments (44)

Submitted by Anonymous on May 4, 2011 3:20 pm

what kind of food do u give the kids and do the kids like the food

Submitted by Anonymous on May 17, 2011 7:53 am

We have chicken fingers and mash potatoes; cheese steaks and curly fries; grilled chicken salad; tacos and string beans; grilled cheese sandwiches; chicken nuggets; different fruit everyday (apples,oranges,or bananas); tossed salad (daily); chocolate, white, and strawberry milk; along with that there is always something on the menu for vegetarians. To answer your second question, yes we like the food.

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Submitted by Anonymous on January 27, 2012 8:50 pm

Great School and my hat's off to V Joyner

Submitted by Anonymous on April 19, 2012 8:14 pm

Since my daughter start going there she doing so good

Submitted by Anonymous on May 9, 2012 9:39 pm

when do you start accepting applications for next school year

Submitted by Anonymous on August 13, 2012 11:57 pm

sit in a class full of students and see what they do . text , talk and laugh with teachers. only 25% of the teachers in the school are certified to even be teachers. they do not have a biology lab so how are they going to pass this new keystone test. they computers are older than ms. veronica joyner. teachers fail to teach because it is a waste of time when no one is listening . why doesn't anyone have homework anymore? the whole school changes when joyner had a guest in the school & the security guards let everyone know so they can have the class in check for when someone is looking in on them. this school is good for 1-5 and that is all. how are basketball players who came from olney highschool with HORRID behavior & even worse grades getting into this " top of the line" school . the no failure policy is not that the teachers are actually teaching, but that there bust be a good grade on that report card weather or not the child actually desrves it. this school is a lie & mrs. joyner needs to be further investigated. how is a janitor making more money in the school than the teachers? family. why did the 10th graders of 2011-2012 have 3 different english teachers losing out on a whole year of english? this school is not good for highschool and it needs to be known.

Submitted by Anonymous on June 7, 2013 9:58 am
I believe that if you have the guts to post a comment you should have the guts to share your name. Sandra Fields
Submitted by Anonymous on October 3, 2013 11:11 pm
Why would how much any one person makes at MCSCS be anyone's concern? The key words for today is academic success! Unfortunately, someone put this comment here and doesn't fully understand the "No Failure Policy" at MCSCS. No student is a failure and all are capable of learning. Teachers are required to teach and re-teach difficult concepts to struggling students. Any student that is performing below standard is given every opportunity to learn in the classroom during class, small group instruction, and after school tutoring. Students are successful and don't fail because they keep trying and never give up! The high school teachers are outstanding overall, especially in the sciences. I never seen science teachers more committed than the ones at MCSCS. They don't give free grades. For one, it is unethical to give students a grade the don't deserve! They just give students the good grade they deserve no matter how many times the strive to achieve it or how long it takes to get there! Some students get an "A" the first time out and some achieve it after several attempts! Nevertheless, both students get and "A" in the end. Don't hate the players, hate the game! We don't compete with one another. We celebrate our success! That is what the teachers I know do at MCSCS! Moreover, high school teachers make themselves available during and after school for all their students. With committed teachers like ours, failure is never an option! Before you make a negative comment, please look at the big picture and ask yourself, am I doing my best work? if so, success is inevitable, that's the MCSCS promise, if not, keep working and you will get there too! Good Luck to all! All people are capable of learning! MRT
Submitted by Anonymous on October 8, 2013 11:17 pm
I agree that all people are capable of learning, but it is not possible for a teacher to will a student to do the work, stay for tutoring, or make the parents work with you. After all, education is a 3-way paradigm among the student, the teacher, and the parent/caregiver. Has Joyner changed her policies or are teachers STILL written up if they give the students the grade they work for? That is after having communicated all that you have done to work with the child and his/her family. Joyner is a joke, her policies are a joke, and the school is a joke. I'd like to see the success rate of first year college students that are MCS alumni. I'd be willing to bet there is an abnormally high dropout rate.
Submitted by Anonymous on October 15, 2013 7:51 pm
Well, wishful thinking is not acceptable when it comes to data analysis. However, it is easy to see when one has a personal problem with another, Language takes on a sound of its own in an personal attack. If we really care for our children, we will get on our feet and do our best work! If you would like to see the stats, then do the research and use your data to make the school and the future better for our children. Nothing is impossible! Even in the face of working with students who may not have the advantages of being motivated or the positive influence of home our students are still achieving. I would like to encourage you to do the work necessary before assuming what you THINK the results of a post high school analysis will be. Of course, if you believe the statistics will come out in your favor and don't do the research necessary to prove it, then our children will once again suffer from the lack of effort from the all talk and no action crew once. Even if what you say is true, I would like you to know that I myself have academically injured by the a less than desired education in my early years in Philadelphia Education System because I had to go to my neighborhood school. Nevertheless, I rose above the doubts and became academically successful on my own merits more than anyone ever dreamed I would. At least give our children credit for having the potential to do the same despite any possible shortcomings! MCSCS offer parents and students what I didn't have, an option. No child that strives to achieve will ever fail. Ever! So please help the children out and do your best work. Nothing is 100% Not even MCSCS. However, there is no harm and striving to be the best and 100% effort is what I chose to see! I'll be waiting for your valid data and interpretation of MCS first year students. Don't forget the ones who already successfully graduated from major universities. Your future efforts are appreciated in advance. Thanks. I'll be looking forward to your results. MRT
Submitted by Anonymous on September 7, 2012 10:53 am

Horrible school

Submitted by Anonymous on September 25, 2012 8:35 pm

Geat school for elementary 1-5 but I wouldn't reccomend it for middle & high school.. I am a graduate of this school and I must say that my transition from here to college was very hard. My freshman year of college I was very very lazy!!!!! When I transferred into MCS the things that they were teaching were things I had already known from my previous school. There is alot of trickery and I believe this school and Ms. Joyner needs to investigated.. However all I have to say is I earned my grades!!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous on September 27, 2012 7:03 pm

When do students have to stop riding the school bus

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Submitted by Anonymous on December 15, 2012 7:06 pm
Does this school give scholarships and if so when are the testings
Submitted by Anonymous on May 1, 2013 7:51 pm
im a middle school student there( still is) and I have to say that ms. joyner is a sack of crap, she's a liar and she said that she is a perfectionist, lies!!!! that dumbs lady needs to get smacked
Submitted by Anonymous on May 10, 2013 8:15 am
This is a great School
Submitted by Anonymous on July 13, 2013 6:41 pm
How does a school have "Mathematics" in the title when there's no advancement/AP/Honors Math, there's kids who have been at the school for 10 years and literally cannot do any math besides addition. Kids do absolutely nothing and teachers are made to give them at least a B. This place should be called "The Veronica Joyner Community Daycare Center". At least they're safe and not getting "unfairly graded" by those "terrible" public school teachers...right?
Submitted by Anonymous on August 20, 2013 6:58 pm
Submitted by Anonymous on September 5, 2013 12:35 am
There's a saying never believe what u hear my child will b starting first grade September 9th 2013 im a true believer in education I hope im not making a mistake by putting my baby here i understand there's no recess no break of any kind my child is very very active an at times needs a little break from sitting in a class room all day i understand that there are renovations being made i just want to know what kind of break will the children get through the day.I was at orientation an i understand this school has a no failure policy all children should earn there grades not jus b giving a A or B because of the policy you abide by.The importance of a child's education is within the child an the teacher.
Submitted by Anonymous on September 21, 2013 6:52 pm
I go to the school. This school is horrible. The teacher are mean and mrs.joyner acts really fake around guest. She thinks we are in military school. She acually is really mean and it feels like she doesnt care for us. The school lunch is horrible too. One time i found a bug in my salad. On top of that out of nowhere they charge you for food in the middle of the school year.
Submitted by Anonymous on September 25, 2013 1:25 pm
I am so confused after reading these comments..You can't really tell what to believe. Some reviews may be from disgruntled parents and children. I did visit the school today and did not feel enthusiastic after speaking with the lady at the front desk. The security guard was more pleasant..
Submitted by Anonymous on September 25, 2013 2:08 pm
Ask why a grades 1 - 12 school in Philadelphia only has 4% special education and 0% ELLs. They are not working with a legitimate lottery. That means the school is hand picking students.
Submitted by Anonymous on November 28, 2013 11:53 am
Sin my daughter Started she learn alot
Submitted by Anonymous on December 6, 2013 10:37 am
This school is only great with 1st through 8th graders. High school is a joke.
Submitted by Anonymous on February 10, 2014 7:25 am
This is a nice school I go to it and I really like it
Submitted by Anonymous on March 11, 2014 8:01 pm
Mrs. Joyner is a good person and has a big heart. I haven't heard one person mention how she started a program to help feed and clothe the homeless in Philadelphia. Mrs. Joyner does the best she can to inspect the teachers and what they're doing on a daily basis. Children have the opportunity to learn and do homework and ask questions if they want to. It is very challenging when a teacher has a class full of unmotivated students who refuse to pay attention, study, do homework, or show up for tests. Mrs. Joyner tries to motivate these students and give them opportunities they wouldn't ordinarily have. Some of these students don't appreciate the opportunities. I'm sorry to the person that found a bug in their salad but the school lunch is really good and I'm pretty picky myself. I love all the meals and they even give a nice breakfast and walk around with snacks later in the day. The lunches are also way more healthy than the typical school lunch. I understand some students have their opinions and we're all entitled to them but just remember you're lucky to be at MCSCS. You have a great education awaiting you, nice teachers who excel in their field and a CAO who genuinely cares about you, your success, and your future.
Submitted by Anonymous on August 6, 2014 6:28 pm
This school is horrible. Mrs. Joyner lies about almost everything. She claims that her school lunch is the best but it really isn't i personally threw up from eating the salad and i witnessed students having bugs n other stuff in there food. Academic wise it isnt the best i believe the school is behind and we just learn one new topic each year. People is always asking Mrs.Joyner or the staff is the school good and of course they are going to say the school is the best. The real people yall need to ask is the STUDENTS THEY ARE THE ONES REALLY EXPERIENCING EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS SCHOOL THIS SCHOOL IS THE WORST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted by Anonymous on August 6, 2014 6:55 pm
this is bad!!!!!!!
Submitted by Anonymous on August 6, 2014 6:29 pm
worst school
Submitted by Anonymous on August 6, 2014 6:25 pm

Ok I'm have been going there since 1st grade and this school sucks very very mean saff and if you go to the nurses offices they send you right out wounded and they only provide snacks for 1st-4th and at 4th grade they only give you snack 3 time a week and the bug thing is true a bug ran thorw the lunch plates and they want on serving those plates and my opinion on mrs. Joyner is a fake when guest comes it sercuity grauds goes and in form every one and every where you go in the school it's says failure is not a option because you can only get a b+ and higher I also got there stomach flu This school is a hot

Submitted by Anonymous on August 6, 2014 6:52 pm
worst school
Submitted by Anonymous on August 10, 2014 9:34 am

Mrs. Joyner:  I would love to assist you on helping to revamp parts of the curricula with a tone of supplanting existing examples with more relevant ones.  Instead of "George Washington, founding father of this nation, chopped down the cherry tree" have "your drivers license is one of the most important parts of your life". The cherry tree myth should be common but not be as common in the minds of youths, say 14, as is a good understanding of a drivers license.  I believe that through examples in the english curriculum (and math) relevant subject matter and if I can say wisdom can be imparted even radically.  Not to those who are getting wisdom but to the others that need it.

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Submitted by Anonymous on February 17, 2015 8:02 am

this school only reaches your children 1-6 can forget it by the time they get to middle school.i understand about the uniform policy but there is no freedom of speech or expressing wear a white shirt and a blue skirt but you cant wear white iniform stupid is that..Their are no sports until you reach highschool how stupid is that...and the kids do so horrible on the pssa's because what they are being taught in school has no reflection on those tests...joyner u suck along with the front desk staff.the most rudest people i have ever encountered


Submitted by Anonymous on July 15, 2015 4:38 pm

Me being a student who goes here , it isn't the best school but we do learn. I don't know if we learn the stuff that we have to know for our grades but we definitely do learn. And the uniforms aren't that bad if you think about it . Students won't get teased about what there wearing or if they don't have the newest sneakers.That's why uniforms is a good thing to have in schools but not wearing uniforms help students show there creative sides ! Now I do think that we need a gym because after our lunches students have a lot of energy that needs to be out of there system by the time they get to their classes. And we need more after school activities. Its not fair how high schoolers only can play sports like basketball and cheerleeding. What can middle school do ? And we need more sports like football and other stuff ... How about a 8th grade dance ? Ms. Joyner no disrespect but you want all the students to follow the rules but what is our reward for following your rules. What do we get for doing what the teachers tell us to do. We dont get no freedom once so ever. And I know that the school isn't big enough to do must stuff that schools have but , how about giving students more freedom !

Submitted by Anonymous on September 14, 2015 9:39 am
I know that's right girl its all true
Submitted by Anonymous on July 19, 2015 10:46 pm
    Dear Mrs.Joyner ,

I am a a seventh grade student who goes to MCSCS it is a great school but , I thnk we need a gym and more food on the lunch menu.The food is great but,we need more choices.Also can the 1-11 grade also have dress down day ,like the seniors.Thanks !

    Sincerely, A great student



Submitted by Anonymous on July 19, 2015 10:51 pm

I made a typo in think

Submitted by Anonymous on July 27, 2015 4:01 pm
Ok so i am going to tell you the truth the dress code is a navy blue skirt with a navy blue blazor a white shirt with a navy blue tie and navy blue shoes or black shoes. The kids can keep on riding the bus untill 7th grade but when your in 7th grade they give you a transpass to go on the train and if the child has a little sister or brother and is in 7th grade they are allowed to take the bus with them because they are to little. Now i have to say that sometimes the food may be nasty because everyone has different taste buds but sometimes the food is good but if you dont like the food they will offer you something else like bagels or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or you just can bring your own food.So ms Joyner rebuild the school but i think that she needs a gym and that she need to have dress down day at least 1 time every two weeks because shes not really letting kids express themselves by wearing heavy blazorz and i hate when you have to were blazorz in the summer and skirts when its winter she should let the girls wear pants and skirts and she should let them take off there blazors when its summer. So ms.joyner is mean and a grumpy lady but sometimes she is nice she just really puts all the effort in for the children so they can succeed and so do the staff and when your taking a test some of the staff says you cant get extra time to take the test or take a makeover but when your taking the pssa they give you all the time that you need cause there is no time budget when taking the pssa its do the best you can take as much time as you need. But some parents are scared of ms.joyner but trust be my mom is not she was yelling at ms.joyner on the phone and even was about to come down to the school because ms.joyner kept on telling me that my hair color has to change to black or brown because my hair color was honey blonde but that was my regular hair color my hair changes colors in the summer it gets blonde highlights because of the sun and she told me to change it i think that she should let children dye there hair if they want to because its there hair but parents.........dont be afraid of that old lady because she is not going to do anything one likes her any way .but orher than that they have tutoring and computer rooms but i hate when you have to do prdjects and dont have a computer at home i had like 15 projects to do and in the whole 15 i only got about 3 done because they didnt provide me with a hardrive or a computer to type it on because i didnt have a computer to basically my whole grade went down because they wanted me to print out pictures and to print out a essay but thry didnt prepare me with any of the material i think this school is okay i dont know how this is one of the most advanced schools in philadelphia because i wanted my mom to transfer me to a different school because of the stuff they put me through with my grades and i hate that i have to go to school next year im in 7th grade and next year i have to go to this school i am so lucky that im going to be moving to the poconos in 9th grade because im going to get transfered into a different school ....thank you god its not that the school is bad the school is ok i just cant deal with ms.joyner anymore after what they put me through so yah thats the stupid mathematics civics and sciences charter school.....
Submitted by Anonymous on September 21, 2015 9:46 pm
I went to this school from 1-8 and it was a big mistake. I decided to go to a different high school because you don't get the full high school experience you just get treated like a baby all the time. I went to high school and I was struggling I didn't learn the MATH MATERIAL that I needed to learn. Everything is dirty including the food this school needs to be shut down ASAP.
Submitted by Anonymous on September 21, 2015 10:47 pm

totally agree! shutdown the school!

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