Thomas Campus

Grades 7-12

927 Johnston Street

Philadelphia, PA 19148


Email: Teri Hines

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Thomas Campus

Admission Lottery for the 2015-16 School Year

The lottery for the 2015-16 school year will take place at 10:00am on Friday, 3/13/15 at Mastery Charter Thomas Campus (927 Johnston St.).  All applications must be submitted by 12:00pm on 3/11/15 to be considered for the lottery.  For additional details, please contact Shavonne Hollinger( or Teri Hines ( 


News & Updates


PDE AYP Status


Mastery Charter Thomas Campus welcomes visitors and parents with scheduled appointments.  Please be sure to contact the staff member you wish to see before arriving or you may be asked to schedule an appointment.  All visitors are required to show ID.  Alumni may visit between the hours of 4-5 pm with a scheduled appointment.

Parent Association Meetings

Parent Association Meetings are the first Monday of each month at 6 pm.

Get involved and support your school.  For more information you may contact the Parent Association at


Parent Association Officers

President Gloria Nathan

Vice-President Christi Jackson

Secretary Angela Morgan

Treasurer Tanya Pezanowski

Grade Representatives

7th - Tanya Pezanowski

8th - Ken Pezanowski

9th - Angela Morgan

10th - Christi Jackson

11th - OPEN

12th - Gloria Nathan


Recruitment for next year


Applications are now available online!  Please complete an application for every student you are trying to enroll.  The lottery for the 2014-2015 school year is on March 7, 2014.


School Meal Program

Apply for the school meal program at

A Brief History

#3 Charter High School in PA!

Mastery Charter School Thomas Campus is a six year old independent charter school based on the model developed by Mastery Charter High School -- Lenfest Campus (founded in 2001). Mastery’s mission is to prepare urban youth for success in higher education and the global economy. In fall 2005 the School District of Philadelphia invited the original Mastery school to convert the District’s struggling Thomas Middle School in South Philadelphia into a charter school serving grades 7-12.

In fall 2005, Mastery converted the Thomas school as an independent charter school.  The existing students remained but Mastery replaced the staff and implemented its program.   Since that time, the school has added a new high school grade each year.  In the 2009-10 year, Thomas added its first senior class, held its first graduation and had its first graduates enroll in college.

The turnaround has been very successful. Before the turnaround the school performed below the School District PSSA average.  Thomas campus students now surpass their District peers by more than 30 percentage points in both 8th grade reading and math.  Since the school’s turnaround, 8th grade scores have increased 46 percentage points in math and 58 points in reading.  In fact, the Thomas Campus has closed the achievement gap with their state-wide peers and score higher than the PA average in 8th grade reading and math.  At the 11th grade, Thomas students are performing at or within a few points of the PA average in both reading and math.

In 2011, Mastery Thomas received an Effective Practice Incentive Community Silver Award— a U.S. Dept of Education funded program to identify the charter schools who have attained the highest value added student achievement levels.  The Thomas campus was one of only 23 schools recognized nationally.

We are most proud of the college-going culture that has been created at Thomas.  100% of the first  and second graduating classes were accepted to college.  Two thirds of students are attending four year colleges, including University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. 

Via Public Transportation:

  • SEPTA Routes- Bus Routes 7, 17, 47, & G
  • Broad Street Subway