All students living in Philadelphia and Camden are eligible to enter the lottery for Mastery schools in the city where they live. However, some of our schools in Philadelphia have neighborhood preferences. Click here for details about those preferences.  

Students do not have to take an entrance exam or meet academic requirements to attend Mastery schools. We give preference to students with siblings currently attending the school they are applying to.

Mastery currently serves grades K-12 in Philadelphia and grades K-11 in Camden.  

Starting in the 2019-2020 school year, our Camden schools will also serve K-12.  

There are three ways to apply to a Mastery school: 

  1. Online at 
  2. In person at one of our schools
  3. By phone: Philadelphia (800)891-3999 or Camden (856) 536-3999  
  • Camden families can also apply at the Camden Enrollment Family Enrollment Center at the Kroc Center 


For schools with a lottery, all applications will go through the lottery process to determine who receives an offer to enroll and who will be placed on the waitlist. Families admitted through the lottery will be notified and invited to complete the enrollment process.


We offer bus transportation to the following students in Philadelphia: 

  • Students in grades 1-6 at Prep Elementary and Hardy Williams Elementary, our only elementary schools that serve children from across the entire city 
  • Students with special needs, at their parent/guardian’s request.  

Like all other public schools in Philadelphia, we do not provide bus transportation to kindergarten students. 

Students in grades 1-12 receive free SEPTA TransPasses to commute to school. 


The following students in Camden receive bus transportation from the Camden County Educational Services Commission: 

  • All students in grades K-8 who live 2+ miles from the school 
  • All students in grades 9-12 who live 2.5+ miles from the school 

Some Mastery schools provide courtesy bussing for students who live less than 2 miles from school. To find out if the school you are considering offers this service, please contact the school directly. 

We do not provide public transportation tickets for Camden students. 

All Mastery schools provide free breakfast and lunch. 

This varies by school.  Please contact the school that you are interested in for details.

Combined, Mastery schools offer more than 200 extracurricular activities and enrichment programs, including football, lacrosse, student government and robotics. Activities vary by campus. Contact the school you are interested in for details about what they offer.

All Mastery students are required to wear a uniform and the specifics vary from school to school: 

  • Polo shirt (short or long-sleeved) with school logo and color  
  • Solid color pants, skirts, or knee-length shorts (for elementary schools only) in the school’s required color  
  • Belt (if necessary)  
  • Closed toe, flat soled shoes or sneakers  

During the winter, students can wear sweaters and sweatshirts (including hoodies) with the Mastery logo.

Please contact the school for where to purchase the uniforms.

Call our central office at 215-866-9000 x1205 or click here to email us