Grover Cleveland Elementary - Mastery Charter School

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 automatically attend our Simon Gratz High, giving them 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 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.

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

Our aftercare program, Bay Way Cares, is Monday-Friday from dismissal until 6pm. They accept CCIS. For more information email [email protected]

Our afterschool enrichment activities include clubs like:

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Basketball
  • Book Club
  • Boys Mentoring Club
  • Cheerleading
  • Fitness Training
  • Flag Football
  • Foreign Language Club
  • Girls Mentoring Club
  • Lego Club
  • Math Club
  • Running Club
  • STEM Enrichment

Grades K-6

  • Dark blue Mastery polo shirt
  • Dark blue pants (no jeans or sweatpants)
  • Dark blue shorts (knee-length)
  • Dark blue skort (knee length)
  • Dark blue Mastery cardigan or crewneck (no hoodies)
  • Any color closed toe sneaker (no crocs or slides)
  • Black or brown belt


Grades 7-8

  • Black Mastery polo shirt
  • Black pants (no jeans or sweatpants)
  • Black shorts (knee-length)
  • Black skort (knee length)
  • Black Mastery cardigan or crewneck (no hoodies)
  • Any color closed toe sneaker (no crocs or slides)
  • Black or brown belt


Uniform Locations

  • Flynn & O’Hara Uniforms, 6801 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19135
    • P: 215-624-1983
  • Triple Play Sports, 827 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
    • P: 215-923-5466
  • Below is the link for our online store! You can purchase uniforms or Cleveland SWAG from the spirit store.

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