Your Neighborhood School in North Philadelphia

Gratz Prep Middle is a neighborhood school serving 260 students and their families in 7th through 8th grade.  Students enjoy a strong sense of community and belonging in a safe environment, supported by caring and committed teachers and staff who return year after year. Along with a rigorous academic program, Gratz Prep students have opportunities in athletics and a variety of after school programs in preparation for high school and postsecondary success.

Want to learn more? Stop by for an Open House! We host Open Houses every Tuesday from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. 





Our School

Gratz Prep offers an academically rigorous program designed to prepare all students for postsecondary success.

Students develop:

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Content Knowledge
  • Independence
  • Leadership skills
  • Grit
  • Resilience

We offer:

  • Several Electives and Varied Courses
    • From introductory to college level
    • Additional options available for highly motivated students
    • STEM Honors Program offered in 7th grade
  • Special Education Programming
    • We serve all students
    • Each students strengths and needs are considered
    • Partner with families each step of the way



Gratz Prep Middle offers a variety of athletic activities and clubs.  Middle school teams play in a variety of leagues across the city.


Some examples are:

  • Drum Line
  • Livewire Dance Crew
  • Photography and Film Club
  • Poetry Slam Team
  • Robotics Club
  • Yoga Club




  • The STEM Honors program offered at Gratz prepares students for college and the workforce through a rigorous program rooted in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills and concepts.
  • Students learn critical and creative thinking skills, communication and collaboration, and real-world problem solving.
  • The program uses Project Lead the Way, a hands-on design curriculum, and is aligned to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
  • In the 2017-2018 school year, the program at Gratz will be offered for grades 7-11 with the program expanding to serve grades 7-12 in the future.
  • Students who are accepted to the program participate in various opportunities that accelerate their learning, such as engaging summer programs, dual enrollment, and STEM enrichment activities.

Our Team

"There's a charter school called Mastery in Philadelphia. And in just two years, three of the schools that Mastery has taken over have seen reading and math levels nearly double - in some cases, triple...Now, if a school like Mastery can do it, every troubled school can do it."
-President Barack Obama