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MaST Community Charter School

Mission Statement:
Using a STREAM model (Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Arts, 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.
Accredidations and Awards:
Ranked 36th among Pennsylvania high schools, U.S. News & World Report, 2016; named as top charter high school by, 2016; Governor’s Award for Excellence in Academics, 2013-14; named 21st Century Learning Exemplar School by P21 organization – STEM focused school award
Points of Pride:
Ranked 3rd Best Charter High School in Pennsylvania by, 2017; featured in Inquirer article, “MaST: A high-tech Philly charter in high demand,” 2017; recognized as top charter in Pennsylvania and 30th charter in the country by, 2015-16; named a Title I Distinguished School for High Achievement, 2015-16; high graduation rate; 97% of graduates attending 2- or 4-year college; partnership with Community College of Philadelphia for dual enrollment; recognized by Apple as a distinguished program for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, 2014-16; recognized in Daily News article, “Futuristic K-12 Charter School Is In A Class of Its Own,” 2014; ranked 36th among high schools in Pennsylvania, U.S. News & World Report, 2017; highest K-12 School Performance Profile score (SPP) of any charter school in Philadelphia, 2012-14; named #1 Philadelphia charter school by Philadelphia magazine, 2012; named top city school by Philadelphia magazine, 2011; two National Merit Scholar students, 2011; School District of Philadelphia Best Practice Partnership (with Parent advisory Council), 2008; Philadelphia City Council for Providing State-of-the-Art Educational Opportunity, 2008; named National Charter School of the Year by U.S. Department of Education’s Center for Education Reform, 2007
AP Courses:
Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Psychology, World History
Other Special Academic Offerings:
Makerspace for STEM based classes; Biotechnology; Design & Technology Innovation; Video Production; 3D Design; 3D Product Design; Engineering; Animation Academy; Programming/Web Design; Video Journalism; Sociology; Anatomy; Personal Finance; Robotics I & II; Music Appreciation; Project Lead the Way – Engineering; Web Page Design /Animation; Robotics; Exploring Design Technology/Innovation; 3D Animation; Spanish I & II; Gaming Design (Motion Capture)
Foreign Languages:
Measures for Positive, Safe Learning:
Bullying program; Strategies for positive behavior; Panther Pride positive behavior program; Raptor system is used to check each visitor’s ID against the Megan’s Law sex offender list; finger-scanning system is used for lunchtime and checking things in and out; doors are always locked; clearances for all staff and parent volunteers
Parent Involvement:
Home & School Association; School Advisory Council; classroom volunteers; afterschool volunteers; 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; orchestra; other instrumental ensemble; visual arts instruction; dance; school plays; school musicals; film
Activities and Special Programs:
Student newspaper and video club; Math 24; band/orchestra/pep band/guitar band; clubs: art, creative kids, yearbook, student council, Students Against Destructive Decisions, drawing/portfolio, Club 7, National Honor Society, Do It club, drama, Club Ophelia, environmental club, culture club, dance, drama, recorder ensemble, garden, astronomy, fitness, yoga, Girls in STEM, Lego, film; school store; before and aftercare; Title I nights; Technology Nights; school app; Panther Pride program; The Panther Press newsletter
Boys Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Intramurals*
Girls Sports:
Basketball, Cheerleading, Soccer, Volleyball, Intramurals*
Septa Routes:
1, 14, 67, 84
Contact Information
1800 E. Byberry Rd., 19116
John F. Swoyer III, CEO/Principal
Enrollment and Demographics
Type of School: Charter
2014-2015 Enrollment: 1,335
Grades Served: K-12
Admission Reqs: Applications due January 31, lottery in February
ELLS: 1%
Special Education: 14%
Receiving free or reduced priced lunch: 37%
Waiting List? Yes, 8,024
Racial Demographics: African American – 8% Latino – 9% Asian – 10% White – 71% Other – 3%

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