Your Community School in Southwest Philadelphia

Hardy Williams High is a free, public charter school serving 625 students in grades 7-12.

We are one of just a few schools in Philadelphia with a STEM Honors program that starts in 7th grade. All of our sophomores participate in an internship program to explore different careers. And our upperclassmen can take AP classes and participate in a dual enrollment program to earn college credits while they are still in high school.

Students have access to tons of sports and extracurricular activities including band, football, track & field and eSports.

At Hardy Williams, we believe all students have greatness within. With love and high expectations, we support them in finding their own paths to success.

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625

Students

7-12

Grades

Our School

Our academically rigorous program prepares students for success after graduation

We offer:

  • Varied Courses
      • Range of courses from introductory to college level
      • AP classes give students the opportunity to earn college credits
      • STEM Honors program
  • College and Career Prep
    • Sophomores complete an 18-week internship
    • Seniors go on college visits, take a senior seminar course, get assistance applying for scholarships & loans and support with the college application process
    • Students graduate with a plan to enter college, the workforce or a pathway of their choice
  • Special Education Programming
    • We provide comprehensive special education programming to meet the individualized needs of each child, including:
      • Individualized Education Plans
      • Academic Interventions
      • Low Incidence Programs  (Autistic Support, Multiple Disabilities, Life Skills)
      • Emotional Support
      • English as a Second Language (ESL)
      • Psychological and Social Services

Lenfest students have tons of sports, clubs and extracurricular activities to choose from, including:

  • Band
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Choir
  • Cross Country
  • Dance
  • Debate
  • Drama
  • Field Hockey
  • Film Club
  • Football
  • Glee Club
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • Poetry Slam
  • Robotics
  • Step Team
  • Student Council
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

We’re a member of the PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) within the District XII Public League. Our middle school teams play in a variety of leagues across the city.

  • The STEM Honors program offered at Hardy Williams High 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.
  • Students in grades 7-12 can apply to participate in the program.
  • 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.

For more information or to get a tour of the STEM Honors program, click here.

Any student living in Philadelphia is eligible to apply for the lottery at Hardy Williams Academy, however preference is given to current students at Harrity Elementary. 

Our Team

Naeemah Seward, Principal

Naeemah.Seward@masterycharter.org

Naeemah Seward is the proud principal of Hardy Williams High located in Southwest Philadelphia. She started her career teaching computer science in 2004 and later taught high school math. After teaching at Mastery’s Shoemaker campus for three years, Ms. Seward moved on to become an assistant principal of instruction at Hardy Williams High for three years, focusing on Math and Science.

Ms. Seward is a native of Philadelphia. She earned her Bachelor of Science at Temple University where she dual-majored in mathematics and computer science and minored in French. She completed her teaching certificate at Drexel University and also earned her master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Scranton.

Some of Mrs. Seward’s goals include creating a rich academic and extracurricular culture at Hardy as well as working with students and families to create even more opportunities both inside and outside of the school community.

Nicholas Sieg, Assistant Principal of Operations

Nicholas.Sieg@masterycharter.org

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