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Mastery believes a positive school community is based on genuine relationships between teachers and students and rooted in a belief that students are able to achieve at the highest levels.  This is the foundation of a successful school. Not only should it  be rigorous, it should be fun!

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After school sports, clubs and activities

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Field trips taken during the 16-17 school year

Student Life

All campuses craft their own after school program to match the unique interests of their students while providing a variety of offerings that focus on Art, Music, Performing Arts and beyond. Mastery High Schools in Philadelphia participate as members of the PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) within the District XII Public League. Our Camden schools and middle school teams play in a variety of leagues across the city, and elementary schools offer after school programming that includes intramural activities.

Some examples are:

Sports-Intramural, JV and Varsity

PIAA High School Athletic Teams

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading/Spirit
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Indoor Track
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Interscholastic Middle School Athletic Teams

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading/Spirit
  • Flag Football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

 

Academic and Enrichment Clubs

  • A-Capella
  • Around the World Club
  • Art Club
  • Baking
  • Ballet
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Board Games
  • Boy Scouts
  • Cheerleading
  • Chess Club
  • Chinese Club
  • Choir
  • Comic Book Club
  • Community Service Club
  • Cross Country
  • Dance
  • Debate Team
  • Drama Club
  • Drumming Club
  • Drum Line
  • Environmental Club
  • Fashion Club
  • Gardening Club
  • Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Girl Scouts
  • Hip Hop & Rap Production
  • Journalism
  • Livewire Dance Crew
  • National Honor Society
  • News Crew
  • Open Mic
  • Pick-up Basketball
  • Photography  and Film Club
  • Poetry Slam Team
  • Reading Olympics
  • Robotics
  • Science Club-STEM
  • Sewing Club
  • Singers & Songwriters Studio
  • Step Team
  • Student Government
  • Tap
  • Theater Troupe
  • Track and Field
  • Video Game Club
  • Volleyball
  • Weightlifting
  • Yearbook Club
  • Yoga Club

 

Intentional School Culture Model

Each Mastery school has a dedicated school culture team that is responsible for ensuring a positive and safe school community. Our schools adopt common rituals such as morning circles, community meetings, and school events that celebrate the school community and the joy of learning. At the same time, we ensure that school rules and values are consistently supported and enforced. Our teachers adopt common school-wide classroom behavior systems so students are held to consistently high expectations. We intentionally create a community that balances structure and student independence so schools feel both orderly and joyful. College banners and hallways full of student work send the message that students are expected to achieve at the highest levels.

 

 

Community Building

Mastery schools strive to create strong classroom and school communities through programs such Morning Meeting and Community Meeting. All elementary students begin their day in a fun and engaging way that helps them prepare for academic and social emotional learning. All students participate in a weekly Community Meeting where they build community through chants and cheers, engage in friendly competitions, and celebrate their grade peer accomplishments.

 

Restorative Practices

Our school disciplinary system is organized around Restorative Practices, an approach that supports students in taking personal responsibility for their wrongdoing and repairing any negative impact their actions caused to relationships within the school community. Our approach blends emotional support systems, leadership opportunities, restorative consequences, traditional consequences, and well-defined expectations and limits. Our goal is to establish clear boundaries for behavior while building students personal effectiveness and reinforcing the value of relationships and the school community.

 

Mindset & Social-Emotional Programming

Mastery intentionally develops grit and resilience in students by fostering a “success through hard work” culture. Teachers develop students’ “growth mindset”, encouraging them to persevere through difficult work and providing them opportunities to lead. We believe social-emotional skills can be explicitly taught and nurtured. At the elementary level, social emotional skills curricula is integrated into the regular school day. At the middle and high school level, students take social emotional courses focused on decision skills, conflict resolution, and emotional self-management. The capstone to the program is a required 18-week workplace-based internship for all secondary students in either sophomore or junior year.

 

Cultural Context & Professional Learning Communities

We believe that culture, race, and identity strongly influence how we teach, how students learn, and how the school community interacts; we also believe the cultural backgrounds of our students and families are a source of strength and opportunity. Consequently, Mastery has initiated a comprehensive training program to develop staff’s ability to be aware of – and responsive to — cultural, racial and individual identities. We believe candid conversations about race and bias create a healthier and more effective school community.

All school-based staff members participate in professional learning communities (PLCs). These peer-led, small groups are designed to facilitate thoughtful reflection about teaching and the larger context of their work and effectiveness as teachers. The ultimate goal of the PLCs is to positively influence staff members’ relationships with their students.

Academic Program

Engaging and rigorous. Developing independence and critical thinking skills.

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College and Career Prep

Partnering with students for life after graduation.

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Family and Community Engagement

Mastery families are our partners.

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