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.





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.

Admission to Gratz Prep Middle School is first come, first served to students living in the Gratz High School attendance zone (click here to see the attendance zone map) and students currently attending:  

  • Bethune 
  • Cleveland  
  • Clymer  
  • Duckrey  
  • Kenderton  
  • 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.  

Our Team

Bob Victor, Ex-Officio Chair

Don Kimelman, Treasurer

Sulaiman Rahman, Secretary

Suzanne Biemiller

Hosea Harvey

Markida Ross

Stacey Sellers

Judith Tschirgi

John Walsh

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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