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Mathematics, Science and Technology (MaST) Community Charter School

About this school...

Mission Statement:

MaST creates innovative pathways for students pursuing knowledge focused on mathematics, science, and technology. The school has a STREAM model (Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Arts, and Math). We challenge our students to use their minds well; set high world-class standards for student achievement; bring teachers, students, families, and community together to better educate everyone; and create a “pathway” for student learning and development.


Top 30 schools in Pennsylvania, U.S. News & World Report, 2012; highest-ranked charter school in Top 100 Philadelphia Area Public High Schools by Philadelphia magazine, 2012; named in “Great Philadelphia Schools,” Philadelphia magazine, 2011; over $7.3 million in college scholarships in 2012; 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; awarded Investing in Innovation ASSET grant and Environmental Education grant; 1st-place winner, PBS Teachers Innovation Award, 2012 

Points of pride:

One-to-one device ratio per student with over 1,600 devices used; iPad program in grades 9-12; library media center offers students access to a HD video studio, motion capture, animation, floor projection iPad system, and 3D printer; Lego Robotics program; a full-size telescope housed in a dome on the roof; students participate in Wii fitness activities

Career & Technical Education programs:
3D Design & Modeling, Video Production, Project Lead the Way – Engineering, Web Page Design/Animation, Robotics (K-12)

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

Other special academic offerings:
Design and Technology Innovation; Video Production Basics; 3D Design Basics; 3D Product Design/Advanced 3D Product Design; Introduction to Engineering; Principles of Engineering; Animation Academy; Introduction to Programming/Web Design; Video Journalism; Sociology; Anatomy; Personal Finance; Robotics; Music

Foreign languages:

Measures for positive, safe learning:

MaST implements full bullying programs each year and has moved to using “Raptor” for background checks of every person who enters the school. The system does an ID check against the Megan’s Law list to avoid putting children at risk. We also use a finger-scanning system for lunchtime and checking things in and out, which helps avoid lost money or stolen pass-codes. Doors are always locked.

Parent Involvement:

Home & School Association, School Advisory Council, Association of MaST Parents, volunteering with field trips, fundraising, Title I Nights, Parent Liaison Committee, Program Nights, Open House, Movie Nights 

Arts activities and classes:

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

Activities & special programs:

 Student newspaper: The Panther Times; creative kids club; Math 24; yearbook; student council; SADD; enrichment; Club 7; National Honor Society; Do It Club; Club Ophelia; video club; environmental club; culture club; garden club; astronomy club; fitness club; yoga club; Girls in STEM program; Lego club; school store; Before and Aftercare; program nights; Title I nights; Technology Nights; STREAM Camp; school app published for updates and updated for iPad, iPhone, Android, Google Apps school, Panther Pride Program, and The Panther Press newsletter

Boys' sports:

Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Intramurals*

Girls' sports:

Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Intramural*

SEPTA routes:
14, 20, 67

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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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