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Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School

Mission Statement:
Masterman is a multicultural, welcoming community of learners that engages academically talented students in advanced intellectual study.
Points of Pride:
National Blue Ribbon School, U.S. Department of Education, 2010; top-ranked school in Pennsylvania on PSSA; ranked 52nd among high schools in United States, U.S. News & World Report, 2014; nationally ranked chess team, 2011, 2013, 2014; Gates Millennium Scholars; extensive AP course offerings
AP Courses:
Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science A, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, Environmental Science, French Language & Culture, Government & Politics, Music Theory, Physics B, Psychology, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics, U.S. History, Computer Science
Foreign Languages:
French, Spanish
Measures for Positive, Safe Learning:
National Blue Ribbon School, U.S. Department of Education, 2010; ranked 1st among Pennsylvania high schools and 60th among U.S. high schools, U.S. News & World Report, 2015; nationally ranked chess team; 2011-2015 Gates Millennium Scholars
Parent Involvement:
Home & School Association, School Advisory Council, classroom volunteers, afterschool volunteers
Arts Activities and Classes:
Vocal music classes or ensemble; choir; instrumental music classes; other instrumental ensemble; jazz; orchestra; theater instruction; school play or musical(s); visual arts instruction; poetry
Boys Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Badminton*
Girls Sports:
Basketball, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Badminton*
Septa Routes:
2, 4, 16, 23, 33, 43, Broad Street subway
Contact Information
1699 Spring Garden St., 19130
Jessica Brown, Principal
Enrollment and Demographics
Type of School: Special Admission
2014-2015 Enrollment: 1,189
Grades Served: 5-12
Admission Reqs: Priority for admission given to Masterman’s current 8th-grade students; As and Bs in major subjects on most recent final report card; 88th percentile or higher on standardized tests; excellent attendance and punctuality; no negative disciplinary reports; successful completion of Algebra I and French I or Spanish I in 8th grade
ELLS: 0%
Special Education: 2%
Receiving free or reduced priced lunch: 33%
Waiting List? Yes
Racial Demographics: African American – 18% Latino – 5% Asian – 28% White – 40% Other – 9%

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