Your Neighborhood School in Nicetown/Tioga

Simon Gratz High School is a neighborhood school serving over 1,100 students and their families in 9th through 12th grade.  Simon Gratz is a high achieving school where students engage in a rigorous academic program that prepares them for postsecondary success.  Students enjoy a strong sense of community and belonging in a safe environment, and opportunities for internships, athletics and a variety of after school programs.  We have a caring and stable staff of teachers that return year after year to serve our students and families. Every student has a clear path after graduation-whether enrolling in a 4-year university or entering the workforce.





Our School

Simon Gratz 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
    • AP courses and additional options available for highly motivated students
    • STEM Honors Program offered in 9th grade
  • Special Education Programming
    • We serve all students
    • Each students strengths and needs are considered
    • Partner with families each step of the way
  • College and Career Prep
    • Sophomores complete an 18-week internship
    • Seniors participate in college trips, a senior seminar course, get assistance with FAFSA form completion and receive support with the college application process
    • Students graduate prepared with a plan to enter college, the workforce or a pathway of their choice


Simon Gratz offers a variety of athletic activities and clubs.  Simon Gratz participates as a member of the PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) within the District XII Public League.

Simon Gratz Football district divisional (5A) champions (2015 & 2016)

Some examples include:

  • Art Club
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Comic Book Club
  • Cross Country
  • Dance
  • Debate Team
  • Drama Club
  • Drum Line
  • Fashion Club
  • Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Hip Hop & Rap Production
  • Journalism
  • Livewire Dance Crew
  • National Honor Society
  • News Crew
  • Open Mic
  • Pick-up Basketball
  • Photography  and Film Club
  • Poetry Slam Team
  • Robotics
  • Singers & Songwriters Studio
  • Student Government
  • Track and Field
  • Video Game Club
  • Volleyball
  • Weightlifting
  • Yearbook 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.

Mastery Simon Gratz alum Samirah Abdul-Khaliq

“Mastery has helped me tremendously. They prepared me for college and motivated me to want to attend a four year university. They supported me by walking me through each step of enrollment and not giving me an option to say ‘no’.”

– Samirah Abdul-Khaliq, Mastery Simon Gratz High School class of 2014



There is guaranteed enrollment at Simon Gratz High for students living in Gratz attendance zone (click here to see the attendance zone map) and students attending:  

  • Cleveland 
  • Clymer  
  • Kenderton 
  • Bethune 
  • Duckrey
  • Steel  

Students from schools not listed above and outside the Gratz attendance zone may also apply for the lottery, however they can only enroll if seats are available.

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"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