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We are particularly proud of the sustained growth and improvement of our students, both academically and culturally since September 2006. Previously, the Shoemaker school was a low performing, violent middle school operated by the School District of Philadelphia. In 2006 the school was identified as the 2nd most violent school in the Philadelphia (on an incident per student basis) by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Mastery Charter School was invited to convert the school into a Mastery Charter School by the School District of Philadelphia.
Since the conversion Math scores have increased 56 points in 8th grade and 71 points in 7th grade. Reading scores have increased 41 points in 8th grade and 51 points in 7th grade. Violent incidences have dropped 90% and attendance is now above 95%. We are equally as proud about the number of families who continue to exercise their choice to choose Shoemaker as the educational facility for their children. Our retention of students and high parent satisfaction ratings are important to us as educators and customer service providers. We expanded on the EC opportunities we provided to our students and increased our parental and community engagement levels.
Most exciting, we are now producing high school graduates who are going on to great things in the collegiate community. 100% of our seniors were accepted to institutions of higher learning, and over 83% of those same students officially transitioned into those programs! We are very excited to support our next group of high school seniors to even greater college success. In fact, the Class of 2013 earned over $4 Million in scholarship support!