Life at Mastery : In the News

Mastery Charter Schools is a win for Camden

Mastery Charter Schools is a win for Camden

Thursday, March 6 2014.By Laura Waters

"All is flux, nothing stays still," said Plato, but you'd never know that in Camden. It's still the worst school system in New Jersey despite decades of strategic plans and...

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2 operators get nod on Renaissance schools in Camden

Friday, January 31 2014.By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer

Two charter school operators, including one with an extensive network in Philadelphia, moved closer Thursday to being allowed to open charter-like "Renaissance" schools in...

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Two New Chater Networks Win Endorsement To Operate In Camden

Two New Chater Networks Win Endorsement To Operate In Camden

Friday, January 31 2014.By John Mooney

Superintendent announces choice of two well-regarded, established organizations to operate up to eight new schools

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Two renaissance projects advance in Camden

Friday, January 31 2014.By Phil Dunn, Courier-Post

A renaissance is coming to Camden, literally. School Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard announced his support Thursday for two new renaissance schools, charter-type...

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Grover Cleveland Mastery making progress, giving students ownership

Friday, January 31 2014.By Solomon Leach, Daily News Staff Writer

FOR EIGHTH-grader Germaine Fitchett, the difference between Grover Cleveland Mastery Charter pre- and post-Renaissance is like night and day.

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Report: Philly's school 'Renaissance' a mixed bag

Friday, January 31 2014.By Solomon Leach, Daily News Staff Writer

THE SCHOOL District of Philadelphia's latest attempt to turn around "underperforming" schools has yielded dramatic improvements in some cases, while many schools are still...

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Charter Schools In Philadelphia: Educating Without A Blueprint

Charter Schools In Philadelphia: Educating Without A Blueprint

Friday, December 20 2013.By Matt Stanley

This is final story in a three-part report on Philadelphia schools in crisis.   Shayna Terrell is in a good mood: It's report card night at the Simon Gratz...

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Mastery principal chosen as Dept. of Education ambassador

Mastery principal chosen as Dept. of Education ambassador

Sunday, December 15 2013.By Wilford Shamlin III

Sharif El-Mekki has been selected to serve as one of three new Principal Ambassador Fellows who will provide “feedback, insight, and direction” to U.S. Secretary of...

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Philly principal goes to work for Obama

Philly principal goes to work for Obama

Tuesday, December 10 2013.By Tommy Rowan

A Philadelphia educator is receiving national attention — the positive kind. Sharif El-Mekki, principal of Mastery Charter School’s Shoemaker campus in...

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At a Charter School in Germantown, Realistic Looks at Career Choices

At a Charter School in Germantown, Realistic Looks at Career Choices

Wednesday, November 20 2013.By Mike DeNardo

Some Philadelphia school students were getting a chance today to learn about careers from actual professionals.

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Mural honoring late state Rep. David P. Richardson Jr. 'rededicated' outside Germantown school

Mural honoring late state Rep. David P. Richardson Jr. 'rededicated' outside Germantown school

Friday, October 25 2013.By BRIAN HICKEY

Family members, friends and residents touched by the work of the late state Rep. David P. Richardson Jr. gathered outside East Germantown's Pastorius K-8 school on Wednesday...

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Mastery North Controls Sloppy Game

Friday, October 11 2013.By AARON CARTER

UNDER A DREARY, smoke-colored canopy yesterday afternoon, Mastery North outlasted Murrell Dobbins Tech, 15-0, on a muddy field that led to difficult traction and largely...

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Philadelphia-Based Charter Network Tries Again to Cross River into Camden

Philadelphia-Based Charter Network Tries Again to Cross River into Camden

Tuesday, October 8 2013.By JOHN MOONEY

State takeover of troubled city’s public district bolsters Mastery school’s prospects.

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Hardy Williams Mastery Charter School Honored

Monday, July 8 2013.

Earlier this pastspring, the Hardy Williams Academy Mastery Charter School (HWAMCS) was recognized as a Top 10 school in Pennsylvaniaby PennCan, a statewide non-profit...

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Philly Student Aims to Fund College a Dollar at a Time

Philly Student Aims to Fund College a Dollar at a Time

Thursday, June 27 2013.By Helen Ubinas

MARQUISE CORNISH'S grandmother keeps a photo of him on her kitchen cabinet. In it, the now 18-year-old Cornish is a smiling preschooler who got himself up, dressed - usually...

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Educators & edu-crats: And the award goes to ...

Thursday, June 27 2013.

THE SCHOOL year has just ended, and it's a good time to take stock of those who have done good things to help kids and parents, and those who are my edu-crats of the year....

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Karen Heller: An Academic Turnaround

Karen Heller: An Academic Turnaround

Monday, June 17 2013.By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist

Seeking a respite from the relentless drumbeat of dire city school news, I headed to far South Philadelphia, in the shadow of the stadiums.

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To get more and better programming, principals are instrumental

To get more and better programming, principals are instrumental

Friday, June 14 2013.By Dan Hardy

Through grants, partnerships, and lots of coordination, some schools offer students a more complete package.

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Alumnus Named Outstanding Teacher of the Year by Mayor of Philadelphia

Tuesday, June 11 2013.By Jon C. Reidel

Zachary Wright ’05 was named 2012-13 Outstanding Teacher of the Year by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter for his work in creating a partnership between the University of...

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Philadelphia Charter Operators Developing Post-Graduation Strategies For Students With Disabilities

Philadelphia Charter Operators Developing Post-Graduation Strategies For Students With Disabilities

Tuesday, June 4 2013.By Mike DeNardo

How do charter schools ensure that high school students with learning disabilities make a smooth transition to a job or college?

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Al Dia: Mastery Charter School Celebrates High Achievement

Al Dia: Mastery Charter School Celebrates High Achievement

Tuesday, June 4 2013.By Isabel Garcia and Jaime Joseph

Hardy Williams Academy ranked third in PennCAN’s 2013 Top 10 schools. The Mastery Charter School celebrated the achievement Thursday evening in the school’s gym with...

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A New Kind of College 'Signing Day'

A New Kind of College 'Signing Day'

Tuesday, May 21 2013.By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer

With cheerleaders, mascots, and thunderous applause, thousands of students from Mastery Charter Schools gathered for a giant pep rally Monday, but the event had nothing to do...

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Charter Students Celebrate Collegiate Futures at Liacouras Center

Monday, May 20 2013.By Matt Hulmes

Close to 7,000 students, families, and teachers of Mastery Charter Schools celebrated the future of 450 high school seniors today at Temple’s Liacouras Center for the first...

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Mastery Charter Graduates Revel in College Choices

Mastery Charter Graduates Revel in College Choices

Monday, May 20 2013.By Aaron Moselle and Zack Seward

Cheering fans, cheerleaders and mascots filled Temple University's Liacouras Center Monday afternoon.   None of them were there for a game.

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PHOTOS: Mastery Charter Schools’ hosted a college signing day

Monday, May 20 2013.By Tommy Rowan

Mastery Charter Schools’ hosted a college signing day yesterday at Temple University’s Liacouras Center to celebrate its senior students’ commitment to a college or...

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Mastery Grads Stride Towards Success

Mastery Grads Stride Towards Success

Monday, May 20 2013.By Damon C. Williams

Mastery Charter Schools — the nonprofit charter school operator who has long partnered with the School District of Philadelphia and currently manages 12 schools in the region...

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Celebrating Success: Star Turn, A Generation Later

Celebrating Success: Star Turn, A Generation Later

Sunday, May 19 2013.By Jenice Armstrong, Daily News Columnist

KEVIN Beaford Sr. made a name for himself as a basketball star at Bok Technical High School during the late 1970s, but his early promise faded, and he never wanted his...

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Mastery Charter Schools Holds Third Annual College Fair

Mastery Charter Schools Holds Third Annual College Fair

Wednesday, May 15 2013.

On Wednesday, May 15 th , Mastery’s 10 th  and 11 th  grade students will have an opportunity to learn about over 80 post-secondary opportunities...

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N'borhood Scholar Awarded Prestigious Scholarship

N'borhood Scholar Awarded Prestigious Scholarship

Tuesday, May 7 2013.By West Side Weekly

Mastery Charter Schools is proud to announce that Keiya Rankin was one of two Mastery students who was awarded nationally competitive scholarships. Keiya Rankin, a senior at...

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on the ground: circus arts thrive in germantown

on the ground: circus arts thrive in germantown

Tuesday, April 30 2013.By ALAINA MABASO

Through an unassuming door near the corner of Greene and West Rittenhouse Streets in Germantown, there is a sunny gymnasium that resembles a giant birdcage.

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Mastery Charter School Holds All Mastery Poetry Slam

Mastery Charter School Holds All Mastery Poetry Slam

Friday, April 26 2013.

On Friday April 26, 2013, from 4-7 pm, Mastery Charter Schools will hold an all Mastery Poetry Slam competition in celebration of National Poetry Month.

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Mastery Charter Schools Thomas Campus Recognized Nationally as Top High School By U.S. News and World Report

Mastery Charter Schools Thomas Campus Recognized Nationally as Top High School By U.S. News and World Report

Thursday, April 25 2013.By Sheila Ballen

Philadelphia (April, 25 2013) – Mastery Charter Schools is proud to announce that Mastery Charter Schools Thomas Campus earned a silver medal award in U.S....

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TWO MASTERY CHARTER SCHOOLS’ STUDENTS AWARDED  PRESTIGIOUS COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

TWO MASTERY CHARTER SCHOOLS’ STUDENTS AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

Tuesday, April 23 2013.By Sheila Ballen

Philadelphia (April 22, 2013) – Mastery Charter Schools is proud to announce that two Mastery students were awarded nationally competitive...

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Crowd Urges SRC to Approve Charter Renewals, Expansions

Crowd Urges SRC to Approve Charter Renewals, Expansions

Wednesday, April 17 2013.By Martha Woodall

By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer- Waving placards and chanting, more than 250 charter school students,...

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Rally Urges Expansion of Philadelphia Charter Schools

Rally Urges Expansion of Philadelphia Charter Schools

Tuesday, April 16 2013.By Benjamin Herold

by Benjamin Herold for  NewsWorks , a  Notebook  news partner - Saying that thousands of children are being denied quality...

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Charter schools rally for renewal and expansion

Charter schools rally for renewal and expansion

Monday, April 15 2013.By Tommy Rowan

Charter Schools need to expand, supporters cried outside of the city’s school district headquarters.

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Text Messages Can Increase Enrollment of Low-Income Students

Friday, April 12 2013.By Beckie Supiano

Admissions offices have fought for years against what they call the  “summer melt,”  in which a...

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GNPAL Holds Third-Annual Step Show

Wednesday, April 10 2013.By Gerry Dungan

High school youth teams participated in the Greater Norristown Police Athletic League event, carrying on the tradition, joy and pride of Black Fraternities and Sororities.

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With Balloons and Cheers, Philadelphia School Gets Kids Hyped For PSSA Testing

With Balloons and Cheers, Philadelphia School Gets Kids Hyped For PSSA Testing

Tuesday, April 9 2013.By By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Springtime is PSSA (

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Mastery Charter School Smedley Elementary to Hold PSSA Pep Rally with Sixers Flight Squad and Sixers Dream Team

Tuesday, April 9 2013.

On Tuesday April 9, 2013 at 10:30 am, Mastery Charter School Smedley Elementary will hold a pep rally in anticipation of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). ...

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Charter-school operators take their pitches directly to Pastorius Elementary

Charter-school operators take their pitches directly to Pastorius Elementary

Tuesday, April 9 2013.By By Aaron Moselle, @awmoselle

In a week, Pastorius Elementary's School Advisory Council will make a very important recommendation: which charter school operator would it like to turn-around the struggling...

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Simon Gratz removed from Persistently Dangerous Schools List

Tuesday, April 2 2013.

We are delighted to announce that Simon Gratz High School has been removed as a Persistently Dangerous School.

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Mastery's Renaissance Schools PSSA Data Released

Tuesday, April 2 2013.

Mastery Charter Schools is proud to announce our PSSA results for the 2011-2012 school year.

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At Gratz, Mastery takes on challenges of 9th-grade transition

At Gratz, Mastery takes on challenges of 9th-grade transition

Monday, April 1 2013.By Dale Mezzacappa

In its 2nd year at the school, the charter operator is making adjustments.

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Paying attention to 9th graders

Paying attention to 9th graders

Monday, April 1 2013.By Dale Mezzacappa

Graduation rates keep climbing, but many students still founder in the first year of high school.

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GreatPhillySchools releases list of top NW Philadelphia schools

GreatPhillySchools releases list of top NW Philadelphia schools

Friday, March 29 2013.By Rosella LaFevre for NewsWorks, @MtAiryChestnut

Northwest Philadelphia parents now have another resource they can use to help them decide the best school for their kids.

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Candidates named to take over 3 Philly schools

Wednesday, March 27 2013.By By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer

Some familiar names will vie to run struggling city public schools being handed over to charter organizations, officials said Monday.

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In Philly, the struggle to make high school work pits sentiment vs. data

Tuesday, March 5 2013.By By Benjamin Herold

For almost an hour, Frank Thorne stood in line, waiting to denounce Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite.

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In North Philly, keeping a high school open requires wooing neighbors back

In North Philly, keeping a high school open requires wooing neighbors back

Tuesday, March 5 2013.By by Benjamin Herold, for NewsWorks

For almost an hour, Frank Thorne stood in line, waiting to denounce Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite.

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Part of the Education Solution

Part of the Education Solution

Thursday, September 27 2012.By Scott Gordon

By Scott Gordon  In 2010, the School District of Philadelphia announced its Renaissance charter initiative, a bold plan to turn around persistently low-performing...

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Philadelphia’s List of ‘Persistently Dangerous’ Schools Gets Pared Down

Philadelphia’s List of ‘Persistently Dangerous’ Schools Gets Pared Down

Wednesday, September 5 2012.By CBS Local

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There are fewer Philadelphia schools on the state’s “persistently dangerous” list this year.

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School year begins for a Phila. Mastery school

School year begins for a Phila. Mastery school

Friday, August 24 2012.

PHILADELPHIA - August 22, 2012 (WPVI) -- The school year began Wednesday for a North Philadelphia elementary school. Grover Cleveland Elementary...

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 Philadelphia Mastery charter school initiative takes on troubled sites

Philadelphia Mastery charter school initiative takes on troubled sites

Sunday, June 10 2012.By Mary Niederberger

PHILADELPHIA -- To walk the halls of Mastery Charter Schools' Harrity Elementary in southwest Philadelphia, where 94 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced-price...

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Philadelphia Charters Get Results

Philadelphia Charters Get Results

Wednesday, May 23 2012.By Sharon Broussard, The Plain Dealer

Mastery Charter Schools has earned bragging rights for taking over several of the Philadelphia public schools' most violent and low-performing schools and turning them...

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Over 100 Gratz HS Seniors Heading to College

Over 100 Gratz HS Seniors Heading to College

Friday, May 18 2012.

PHILADELPHIA - May 18, 2012 (WPVI)- Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia has made a remarkable turnaround.   For years, it was one of...

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Research study gives good marks to Phila.'s school turnaround effort

Research study gives good marks to Phila.'s school turnaround effort

Wednesday, February 22 2012.By Kristen A. Graham

February 22, 2012|By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer Philadelphia's nationally watched school turnaround effort gets high marks from a research study to be...

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Mastery Charter Schools To Share Their Teacher Development and Coaching Model at Institute to be held in Philadelphia

Mastery Charter Schools To Share Their Teacher Development and Coaching Model at Institute to be held in Philadelphia

Wednesday, December 14 2011.

Mastery will share its nationally recognized teacher effectiveness program with district and charter leaders from Philadelphia and across the country

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Report cites Philadelphia's lead role in fixing underperforming high schools

Monday, August 15 2011.By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer

Arne Duncan, U.S. secretary of education, has encouraged school districts to adopt bold strategies to improve the nation's worst-performing high schools, including converting...

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Open for business, looking to expand

Open for business, looking to expand

Tuesday, September 28 2010.

Just four months after naming of providers, Renaissance Schools are serving 7,000. posted by Benjamin Herold

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Remarks by the President on Education Reform at the National Urban League Centennial Conference

Remarks by the President on Education Reform at the National Urban League Centennial Conference

Thursday, July 29 2010.

The White House , Office of the Press Secretary Posted: July 29, 2010

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President praises Philly's Mastery Charter Schools

Thursday, July 29 2010.By Jeff Shields

President Obama singled out the city's Mastery Charter Schools in a speech to the National Urban League on Thursday. In outlining his Race to the Top initiative and his...

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Turnaround charter getting high marks for college prep

Turnaround charter getting high marks for college prep

Sunday, May 23 2010.

The Philadelphia Inquirer , By Martha Woodall Posted: Sun, May 23, 2010

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Mastery's formula for successful schools

Sunday, May 2 2010.By Paul Davies

The charter operator shows that improving education doesn't require super powers.

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Mastery goes to Washington

Mastery goes to Washington

Tuesday, May 12 2009.

America's Competitiveness through High School Reform: Scott Gordon Committee on Education & Labor Posted: May 12, 2009

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Philadelphia Charter Schools Honored

Philadelphia Charter Schools Honored

Friday, March 6 2009.

Philadelphia Inquirer , By Martha Woodall Posted: March 6, 2009 

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Mastery volunteers spend Columbus Day Beautifying Pickett

Mastery volunteers spend Columbus Day Beautifying Pickett

Friday, October 10 2008.

Formally Pickett Middle School located in Germantown, now Mastery Charter School’s Pickett Campus, is receiving a face lift. On Monday, October 13, parents, students,...

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School Celebrates Hard-Won Sucsess

School Celebrates Hard-Won Sucsess

Sunday, June 24 2007.

Mastery's Shoemaker campus marks a turnaround. The Philadelphia Inquirer , By Martha Woodall Posted: June 24....

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A Better Fit at Shoemaker

A Better Fit at Shoemaker

Monday, March 19 2007.

A lesson learned: W. Philadelphia charter making the score The Philadelphia Inquirer , By Martha Woodall

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It's not just academic skills

It's not just academic skills

Saturday, January 27 2007.

At Shoemaker, a key strategy is teaching students "social emotional learning." The Philadelphia Inquirer , By Martha Woodall

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Success is put to the test

Success is put to the test

Sunday, October 1 2006.

Model program has Shoemaker off to "1,000 percent better" start. The Philadelphia Inquirer , By Martha Woodall Posted: Sunday,...

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Charter School Finds Proof in College Plans

Charter School Finds Proof in College Plans

Friday, June 3 2005.

Since starting out in temporary quarter on North Broad Street four years ago, Mastery Charter High School has emerges as a success story among the city's high school charters.

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