Mathematics, Science and Technology (MaST) Community Charter School
About this school...
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.
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
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
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.
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
Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Intramurals*
Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Cheerleading*, Intramurals*
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