McGraw Elementary - Mastery Charter School


McGraw Elementary is now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year. Please follow the steps below to apply online by the priority deadline of February 16, 2024.

  • Visit One Camden
  • Log in or sign up
  • Fill out your family profile 
  • Select “2024-2025” as the school year you want to apply for
  • Select “Neighborhood Guaranteed School” or “Open Enrollment,” depending on how many schools you’d like to apply to
  • Confirm school selection/s (and rank school preference if doing Open Enrollment)
  • Complete and submit your application

Please note: If you are looking for a seat for your child for the current school year (2023-2024), you may still apply online today using One Camden

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 East Camden

McGraw Elementary is a Camden neighborhood school serving 400 students and families in kindergarten through 4th grades. Mastery kindergarten through second grade students in Camden are surpassing reading growth expectations and students in third through fourth grades are growing faster than their peers nationally.

At McGraw Elementary, we boldly and relentlessly pursue academic excellence and equity for all of our students. We integrate social emotional learning and joy into all parts of the school day to maximize opportunities for students to develop the independence to become lifelong learners. Using data we proactively plan, analyze and respond to meet the academic and social emotional needs of students. We provide world class literacy instruction and expose students to STEAM because it is a FUNdamental pathway that provides access for students to achieve careers in the 21st century. 

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

We welcome prospective families to tour our school, stop by and visit us any time!! 






Our School

  • Among the top ten schools in Camden for math proficiency
  • Two teachers in K-2 Literacy classes
  • Honors classes for students performing above grade level
  • STEM lab and Lego STEM kits that all students experience during the school day.
  • Every student has access to a computer during the school day
  • Students learn and practice important social emotional skills during a daily morning meeting like self-awareness, empathy and conflict resolution
  • Drama, physical education, recess and dance
  • Weekly community meetings and Student Recognition Awards

We offer free aftercare until 5:30 p.m. and a a variety of after-school activities and clubs, including:

  • Tutoring, Art Club, Board Games Club, Choir, Doubledutch Club, Girls Book Club, Homework Club, Monarch Dance, Robotics Club, Football

We also partner with several community groups to bring fun, unique opportunities to students.

  • Settlement Music Group teaches students how to sing and play instruments
    • Monthly events for families
      • Pastries with Peeps (Family)
      • Student Achievement Banquets
      • African American History Assembly
      • Hispanic Heritage Festival
      • Family Reading Events
      • Career Exposure Week

    We also host activities and workshops to give parents tips and tricks to help their children with their schoolwork.

As we pursue excellence, students are required to be in full uniform every day. School polo shirts can be purchased at the school for a cost of $15.  Classroom appropriate outerwear for colder months will be sold in the late fall. 

If your student arrives at school out of uniform you can expect a phone call home. If you have a financial issue or family concern arises please contact the school’s main office for assistance. School approved Dress Down Days will be listed on the monthly school calendar and communicated in advance. 

Our Team

Danielle Horowitz, School Leader

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Danielle Horowitz serves as the proud principal of Mastery McGraw Elementary after serving as the assistant principal of instruction for 5 years. She has been an educator for over a decade. She started her teaching career as an English teacher in Chile before returning to the United States to be a 6th grade teacher in Philadelphia.


Mrs. Horowitz’s (or Mrs. H’s) decision to become an educator was inspired by her mom’s 27 year career as a special educator. She believes that every one of our McGraw students is mighty and magnificent. She’s honored to lead a staff that believes this wholeheartedly as well. Together in partnership with the East Camden community, the McGraw team will continue to collectively disrupt the million different ways that inequity shows up in education, and work toward the Mastery mission to prepare students for postsecondary success and the ability to pursue their dreams.


Mrs. Horowitz has a bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College in both Spanish and Government & Law and a master’s in education from the University of Pennsylvania. On the weekends, Mrs. Horowitz and her husband enjoy spending quality time with friends and family.

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."
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