Your Community School in Southwest Philadelphia

Hardy Williams Elementary is a citywide charter elementary school serving 600 students and their families in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Hardy Williams is a special place where your child will experience the joy of learning in a safe, positive environment. We focus on 5 core values: respect, responsibility, hard work, teamwork and kindness.  Students who attend Hardy Williams Elementary have the opportunity to automatically attend our Hardy Williams High Campus for 7th – 12th grade, thus giving them a full K-12 Mastery experience.  From music to art to field trips-Our students take part in a well-rounded education.  We work closely with our families to ensure Hardy Williams is a place where every child loves to learn.





Our School

  • Students come to school dressed in full uniform excited to start their day.  
  • The day starts with free breakfast.
  • Students are greeted by their teacher and head to their classroom for morning meeting.  
  • We value reading.  Students have at least 2-3 hours of reading where they work in small groups with the teacher.  
  • Students have classes in math, social studies, and science.
  • Students head back to the cafeteria to enjoy free lunch.
  • Afterwards, students enjoy free play or structured recess.
  • Students engage in art, physical education, music or foreign language. We are proud to educate the whole child at Mastery.
  • Once the school day is over, students may stay to participate in clubs or the aftercare program.  

Learn more about our K-12 Approach.

Hardy Williams Elementary offers a variety of after school activities and clubs.  Aftercare is available at the school.

Some examples include:

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Band
  • Board Game Club
  • Cheerleading
  • Clay Club
  • Choir
  • Community Service
  • Culture Club
  • Dance
  • Garden Club
  • Girls Club
  • Gymnastics
  • Lego Club
  • Reading Enrichment
  • Young Men’s Club
  • Nature Documentary Club
  • Positive Image Club
  • Puzzles Club

Any student living in Philadelphia is eligible to apply for the lottery at Hardy Williams Elementary.  The deadline to apply to be included in the lottery is January 27, 2020. If you apply after the deadline, you will be added to our waitlist. The lottery will be held on February 12, 2020. 

Our Team

LaQuanda Jackson, Principal


Ms. Jackson has served as principal of Mastery Hardy Williams Elementary since 2019. She has a broad breadth of experience and has served in leadership position in grades K-12 in both traditional district and charter schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Prior to joining Hardy Williams, Ms. Jackson worked as the founding principal of Mastery McGraw Elementary School in Camden. Under her leadership, McGraw increased their math achievement by 600% and reading by almost 300%. She also served as the founding principal of Mastery Charter Simon Gratz High School, Mastery’s only turnaround high school in Philadelphia, and director of strategic partnerships working with the Gates Foundation.

Ms. Jackson is a graduate of Glassboro State College and received her Master’s degree from Rowan University. Ms. Jackson is the proud mother of three wonderful children and considers herself a ‘Jersey Girl’ born and raised!

Richard Spargo, Assistant Principal of Operations


Bob Victor, Ex-Officio Chair

Don Kimelman, Treasurer

Sulaiman Rahman, Secretary

Suzanne Biemiller

Hosea Harvey

Markida Ross

Stacey Sellers

Judith Tschirgi

John Walsh

Support Hardy Williams Elementary

"I just love the communication between the parents and the teachers and the school."
-Yonita Martin, Mastery Parent