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Mastery Charter Schools Thomas Campus Recognized Nationally as Top High School By U.S. News and World Report

Thursday, April 25 2013. By Sheila Ballen

Philadelphia (April, 25 2013) – Mastery Charter Schools is proud to announce that Mastery Charter Schools Thomas Campus earned a silver medal award in U.S. News and World Report Magazine’s 2013 national ranking of top performing high schools released Tuesday.  Mastery’s Lenfest and Shoemaker Campuses were honored with Bronze Badges.

Thomas Campus rankings included:

  • #4 of 61 Charter High Schools in PA
  • #58 of all 687 High Schools in PA
  • #2000 of all High Schools in the U.S.


“We are absolutely ecstatic that Mastery Charter Schools are nationally ranked and recognized for their hard work. Mastery staff, families and the community work together to make sure our students are college ready,” said Scott Gordon, CEO of Mastery Charter Schools.  “This national ranking validates what we have known all along- every student can achieve at the highest level.” 


More notable is that Thomas Campus and Shoemaker are turnaround schools and were part of the Philadelphia School District’s Turnaround Initiative under Philadelphia School Districts’ previous Superintendent Paul Vallas.  The turnaround initiative targeted chronically low-performing middle schools to bring about dramatic improvement in student achievement.  Thomas Campus joined Mastery Charter Schools in 2005 and Shoemaker joined in 2006.


U.S. News and World Report evaluated more than 21,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on state proficiency standards and how well they prepare students for college.  In the national rankings, 500 schools earned gold medals, 1,790 were awarded silver and 2,515 took home bronze.


U.S. News and World Report joined forces with the American Institutes for Research, a D.C.-based organization, to evaluate schools on overall student performance on state-mandated assessments, as well as how effectively schools educated their black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students. Performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams was then used to determine the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.  You can find the full report at



About Mastery Charter Schools

Mastery Charter Schools is a non-profit charter school network currently operating twelve schools in Philadelphia serving nearly 8,000 students in grades K-12. Nine of Mastery’s schools are turnarounds of low-performing district schools and a tenth is a charter turnaround. The first three turnarounds were School District of Philadelphia (SDP) middle schools that now serve students in grades 7-12. Test scores in each of the three schools increased, on average, more than 40 percentage points per grade and subject.  Violence decreased by 80% and student turnover dropped by one-third.   Mastery Charter School’s mission is to ensure that all students learn the academic and personal skills they need to succeed in higher education, to compete in the global economy, and to pursue their dreams.  “Excellence. No Excuses.”   For more information, please visit


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