Mastery’s network of ten schools is located within the city limits of Philadelphia. Mastery will focus its growth in the Philadelphia region. By focusing on one region of the country we can ensure that we support our schools to the highest level.
The Lenfest Campus is located in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district. Based on the success of the Lenfest Campus, in 2005 the School District of Philadelphia invited Mastery to turnaround Thomas Middle School. In 2006, Mastery turned around Shoemaker Middle School, previously the second most violent school in the District. In 2007, we turned around Pickett Middle School, formerly one of the lowest performing District schools. In all three cases we enrolled the existing students and maintained the existing District feeder patterns and catchment areas. In all three cases, the original middle schools have been expanded to include high school grades.
In 2010 and 2011, Mastery opened five turnaround schools under the School District of Philadelphia’s Renaissance Schools initiative. School Advisory Councils comprised of parents and community members selected Mastery to operate these schools. All five operate as neighborhood schools – guaranteeing admission to students who live in the neighborhood catchment area. In Spring of 2011, Mastery merged with Hardy Williams Academy Charter School in south-west Philadelphia.