Molina Lower Elementary - Mastery Charter School


Molina 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:

  • As of August 2024, Molina Lower Elementary and Molina Upper Elementary will combine to serve grades K-8 on one campus located at 601 Vine Street in Camden. Families applying for the 2024-2025 school year should apply to Mastery Molina Elementary on One Camden.
  • 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 Camden

Molina Lower is a special place where your child will experience the joy of learning and rigorous academics in a safe, loving environment.

We are proud to prioritize and preserve students’ home language and offer a Spanish classroom where students learn to read, write and speak in Spanish!

Students who attend Molina Lower have the opportunity to automatically attend Molina Upper Elementary and then Mastery High School of Camden, giving them a full K-12 Mastery experience.





Our School

A Foundation for Success

  • Culturally-diverse curriculum allows students to see positive
    reflections of themselves and windows into the lives of others
  • More than 2 hours of Literacy instruction, includes:
    – 1 hour of small group instruction (6 students to 1 teacher) where each student is taught at his/her current reading level
    – 45 minutes of reading at or above grade level to encourage deep understanding of complex texts
    – 40 minutes of daily writing instruction where students create narrative, argumentative and informational writing pieces
  • Challenging classes to prepare students for success in a changing world
  • Bilingual programming teaches students how to read, write and speak in Spanish
  • Support to help English Language Learners learn English faster
  • Individualized programming to meet students where they are, whether they are advanced or need some additional support

If you are interested in seeing our teachers in action, check out our YouTube channel here!

Learn more about our K-12 Approach.

We’re Happy and We Know It!

  • A joyful musical arrival where students can sing and dance together as they come into the building each day
  • Cooperative learning for students to learn how to communicate, play, and make believe with their friends every day
  • Socialized recess provides a place for students to participate in various activities and make new friends
  • Mindfulness classes teach students how to understand their emotions and build self-control
  • Art, music, theatre/drama and physical education for all students
  • Small school where everybody knows your name
  • Full leadership team to give individualized attention to each child & their family
  • Monthly family Literacy and Math Nights
  • Culturally-diverse events to celebrate all families and cultures
  • 40% of staff speaks Spanish
  • Monthly food bank for our families and the community
  • Reading partners with Bookmates and Camden County PD
  • Molina offers a variety of after school activities and clubs.  Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Soccer, Basketball and Choir
  • Free after-school program for working families where students can get help with homework and do fun, structured activities

Are you interested in raising your child bilingual? Do you want him or her to learn to read, write and speak in BOTH English and Spanish?

Data shows that students who learn two languages simultaneously perform better in school, on standardized tests and earn higher paying jobs as adults!

Molina Lower School prioritizes and preserves students’ home language and culture! We offer a Spanish classroom where students learn to read, write and speak in Spanish! We call this course, Spanish Language Arts and it is available at each grade level for students who meet the qualifications!

Qualifications for Enrollment: (must answer yes to 2 or more questions)

  1. Do you speak Spanish at home?
  2. Was your child previously enrolled in a bilingual program at a school?
  3. Are you committed to helping your child learn in BOTH languages?

Students in the bilingual program receive Spanish Language Arts and learn to read in Spanish throughout Kindergarten, first and second grade. They have all other subjects in English and transition into Language Arts in English as they move to Molina Upper School in Third Grade. Students also receive specific instruction in English from a certified ESL teacher who assists them in other content areas.


School Uniform purchasing information-

  • Molina lower uniforms are available for purchase at Uniform City  downtown Camden 721 Broadway, Camden, NJ 08103.Feel free to call (856) 963-7680. Store Hours are Monday through Friday 10-4om.
  • All families receive a free uniform Voucher. The Uniform Voucher can be redeemed Uniform City located at 721 Broadway Street. Please Stop by Molina lower Front Desk at 415 N. 9Street  to pick up your voucher or Call (856)993-7004 with any questions.
  • Students Uniforms at Molina Lower School are Light Blue Polo Shirts and navy Blue Bottoms. Any type of shoe as long as they are closed toe.

Our Team

Mina Lee, Principal K-2


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Mina Lee serves as the Principal of Mastery Molina Lower schools, serving students in grade Kindergarten through 2nd grade.  As the Founding Assistant Principal of Instruction and Specialized Services in 2017, Mina played a crucial role in shaping the foundation of the school and creating a nurturing environment for students to thrive.

Mina’s journey in education began in 2009 as a teacher in Atlanta, Georgia. Recognizing the importance of quality education and the need for change, she joined the Teach for America New Jersey team as an instructional coach, supporting and mentoring new teachers. Through these experiences, she gained valuable insights into the challenges faced by both students and educators, fueling her determination to work towards a more equitable system for all students and their families.

Mina has obtained a Bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Georgia and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Louisiana State University. Her academic achievements, combined with her hands-on experience, have shaped her into a visionary leader committed to providing a holistic and equitable elementary experience for all students.

Mina Lee’s dedication to creating an inclusive and supportive learning environment is unwavering. Her drive stems from a deep belief in the power of education to transform lives and empower future generations.

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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