Grover Cleveland Elementary - Mastery Charter School


Grover Cleveland Elementary is now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year. Please follow the steps below to apply online.

  • Visit Apply Philly Charter
  • Log in or create an account
  • Fill out your family profile and add your child as a student
  • Click on the Apply for September 2024 button
  • Select Mastery Charter School: Grover Cleveland Campus as the school to which you would like to apply
  • Submit your application

Please note: If you are looking for a seat for your child for the current school year (2023-2024), you can still apply online today using Apply Philly Charter. Just click on the “Apply for Current Year” button to start your application once you’ve logged in.

Have questions about our school or need help navigating the process? Complete and submit this form, and a Mastery enrollment specialist will reach out to answer your questions and help you apply.

Your Neighborhood School in Tioga

Welcome to Mastery Charter School Grover Cleveland Elementary, recognized by the School District of Philadelphia for 4 consecutive years of academic growth! (SPR 2018-19)

We’re a K-8 school in the Tioga community of North Philadelphia, offering academic excellence in a fun, joyful environment. From math to music, and reading to field trips, our students receive a well-rounded education from loving teachers and leaders.

Our five core values are respect, responsibility, hard work, teamwork and kindness.

Students have the opportunity to apply to attend our Simon Gratz High School, giving them the option for the full K-12 Mastery experience.

At Cleveland, all students learn and thrive. With love and high expectations, we support them in finding their own paths to success.

Stop by and visit us any time!





Our School

    • Students come to school excited to start their day.
    • The day starts with free breakfast.
    • Students are greeted by their teacher or a staff member 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.
    • Afterward, students enjoy free play or structured recess.
    • Students engage in art, physical education, or music. 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.

We offer aftercare and a variety of after-school activities and clubs.

Our aftercare program, Bay Way Cares, runs Monday – Friday from dismissal until 6 p.m. The program accepts CCIS. For more information email [email protected]

Our afterschool enrichment activities include clubs like:

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Basketball
  • Book Club
  • Cheerleading
  • Communications Club
  • Fitness Clubs
  • Foreign Language Club
  • Girls Mentoring Club
  • Math Club
  • STEM Enrichment

Uniform Shirt

  • All students are required to wear a Mastery uniform polo daily (short or long-sleeved Mastery polo)
    • Kinder-6th Grader must wear a NAVY blue polo shirt with a Mastery logo
    • 7th-8th Graders must wear a BLACK polo shirt with a Mastery logo
  • Shirts and logos are available to purchase at the school. They will be on sale during arrival (8:10-8:30 a.m.) and dismissal (3:15-3:30 p.m.), while supplies last. Shirts cost $15 and logos cost $5.


 All Cleveland students must wear closed-toe, flat-soled shoes or sneakers of any color. (No Slippers, slides, Crocs, sandals, or shoes that expose toes) .

  • Open-toe shoes or shoes without backing are NOT ALLOWED (i.e. Ugg Slippers, Nike Slides, Jelly Beans, or flip flops)


  • Students are to wear school-appropriate bottoms (navy, black or tan pants). No jeans or joggers.


  • Students are permitted to wear sweaters and sweatshirts with the Mastery logo (No hoodies or colorful sweaters).

All headwear is prohibited at all times in the school building unless it is a religious garment. (No masks, caps, or beanies).


Grover Cleveland Elementary serves students in the Nicetown/Tioga area who live in the school’s attendance zone within the 19140 zip code. We give preference to students with siblings currently attending the school.

The school cannot enroll students living outside of its attendance zone, even if they reside within the listed 19140 zip code.

Our Team

Max Tartar, Principal

Maxwell (Max) Tartar is the proud principal of Grover Cleveland Mastery Charter, serving grades K-8. He believes in the unique power of a school building as a place to foster curiosity and build community. He is deeply committed to teacher development, the sharing of best practices across staff and across schools, and fostering an environment inclusive for all learners. He joined the Cleveland team in 2016-2017 as an Assistant Principal of Instruction, and served in that role for 6 years before taking on the role of Principal.


Prior to joining Cleveland, Max was a 7th and 8th grade ELA teacher and Instructional Coach at People for People Charter School. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and has a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.


Outside of school, Mr. Tartar enjoys reading, spending time with his wife (Martha) and son (Miles) working out, and exploring Philadelphia and beyond.

Our staff is available to support you and your child throughout their school experience. We are available to meet with families and answer questions via the email addresses listed here.


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