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Mathematics, Science and Technology (MaST) Community Charter School

About this school...

Mission Statement:
Using a STREAM model (Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Arts, and Math), the school creates innovative pathways for students pursuing knowledge. We challenge our students to use their minds well; set world-class standards for student achievement; and bring teachers, students, families, and community together to better educate everyone.

Accreditations/awards:
Ranked 22nd among Pennsylvania high schools, U.S. News & World Report, 2013, 2014; Governor’s Award for Excellence in Academics, 2013-14; scored state SPP rating of 90, 2014; Top Charter School in Philadelphia, Philadelphia magazine, 2012; Top 10 Schools in Philadelphia, Philadelphia magazine, 2011; National Charter School of the Year, U.S. Department of Education’s Center for Education Reform, 2007; Penn Future Award in 2009 as a Green Building Leader

Points of pride:
$6.8 million in scholarships; 5 students admitted to University of Pennsylvania; 5 AP course offerings; dual enrollment offerings with college partners; 1-to-1 device ratio for students; iPad program in grades 9-12; library media center offers students access to an HD video studio; equipment includes motion capture, animation, floor projection iPad system, and 3D printer; multiple levels of science and engineering; Lego Robotics program, full-size telescope housed in a roof dome; Wii fitness activities; futuristic/makerspace set to open this fall; STREAM camp; awarded I3 ASSET grant and Environmental Education grant; 1st place, Teacher Innovator Award, PBS/ Henry Ford

Career & Technical Education programs:
Biotechnology, Communications, Engineering, Web Page Design/Animation, Robotics

AP courses:
Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Psychology, World History

Other special academic offerings:
Classes in product design, 3D animation, robotics, anatomy, video production, music appreciation, engineering, video journalism, personal finance, online learning elective (multiple options), biotechnology, sociology, gaming design

Foreign languages:
Spanish

Measures for positive, safe learning:
Full bullying program; Raptor system is used to check each visitor’s ID against the Megan’s Law sex offender list; a finger-scanning system is used for lunchtime and checking things in and out. Doors are always locked.

Parent Involvement:
Home & School Association, School Advisory Council, classroom volunteer, afterschool volunteer, Title I Nights, Association of MaST Parents, parent liaison committee, general fundraisers

Arts activities and classes:
Vocal music classes or ensemble; choir; instrumental music classes; jazz band; orchestra; school play or musical(s); visual arts instruction; dance; film/video instruction

Activities & special programs:
The Panther Times student newspaper; creative kids club; Math 24; yearbook; student council; SADD; enrichment; drawing/portfolio; National Honor Society; Do It Club; drama club; Club Ophelia; band/orchestra/pep band/guitar band; art club; video club; environmental club; culture club; recorder ensemble; garden club; astronomy club; fitness club; yoga club; Girls in STEM program; Lego Club, School Store, film club; program nights; Title I nights; Technology Nights; school app published; Google Apps school, Panther Pride Program, The Panther Press newsletter

Boys' sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Intramurals*

Girls' sports:
Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Cheerleading*, Intramurals*

SEPTA routes:
1, 14, 84

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Comments (2)

Submitted by Anonymous on March 26, 2013 5:09 pm
where are th application
Submitted by Anonymous on August 9, 2014 8:10 am

Not only is the school hard to get in, getting a staff position is close to impossible. When they post jobs on PAREAP, they are quickly taken down. Even if you do apply to a position that's been advertised, they NEVER respond back to you. They don't accept unsolicited resumes so even if your friend or neighbor has a child who attends, or has a close connection with someone, don't bother giving them a resume to pass on to the powers that be. You could be a national or local teacher of the year and they still wouldn't look at your resume! There is no diversity in staff or students. There is an air of elitism that comes from staff, students, and parents. The culture is, "What can you do for us?" When sending an application to a posted job, make sure your awards and achievements are right up top for all of tge pretentious SOBs to see. They won't look at your cover letter. Oh, and make sure all of your degrees (from top rated colleges) and Nobel Prizes are mentioned. If anyone has been able to crack this DaVinci Code of a school, let us know! Getting a front row seat at a Michael Jackson concert is easier (and the guy's been dead for how long?)!

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