Thomas Elementary | Mastery Charter School

Your Neighborhood School in South Philadelphia

Welcome to Thomas Elementary, recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a Title 1 Distinguished School for the 2019-20 school year!

Thomas is a free, public charter school in South Philadelphia, serving over 600 students in grades K-6. We offer 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.

We focus on five core values: respect, responsibility, hard work, teamwork and kindness.

Thomas Elementary students have the opportunity to automatically attend our Thomas Campus, giving them the full K-12 Mastery experience.

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Our School

  • Students come to school excited to start their day, with their laptop in hand.  
  • 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 recess.
  • Students engage in art, physical education, music or Spanish. 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.

Thomas Elementary offers a variety of after school activities and clubs.  Aftercare is available at the school.

Some examples include:

  • Academic Enrichment
  • Art Club
  • Band
  • Board Game Club
  • Book Club
  • Chess Club
  • Thomas Tones Choir
  • Computer Club
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Dance
  • Debate
  • Field Hockey
  • Flag Football
  • Games Club
  • Homework Support
  • Literature Club
  • Music
  • Running Club
  • Scrabble
  • Snider Youth Hockey
  • Student Council
  • Yearbook Club

Any student living in Philadelphia is eligible to apply for the lottery at Thomas Elementary. First preference, however, is given to students living within the 19148 zip code, followed by students living within zip codes 19145, 19146, and 19147, followed by all other applicants. This is so we can serve as a neighborhood school, per our charter. If you apply after the deadline, you will be added to our waitlist. The lottery will be held in early spring.

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Our Team

Emily Myers, Principal

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Emily Myers serves as the principal at Thomas Elementary. She is proud to lead a diverse and inclusive school community that prioritizes building relationships with families and students while holding a high academic bar for student performance.

Emily started her career in education in 2009 as a Teach For America corps member in New York City where she taught special education. She started her career at Mastery at Clymer Elementary as a teacher and case manager and before becoming a founding assistant principal at Thomas Elementary.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and German from the University of Rochester and her Master of Science in Teaching from Fordham University. Through the Relay Graduate School of Education’s National Principals Academy Fellowship, she has earned her principal certificate.

Ms. Myers was recognized as a 2018 Neubauer Fellow in Educational Leadership.


Henry Jones, Assistant Principal of Operations

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Bob Victor, Ex-Officio Chair

Don Kimelman, Treasurer

Sulaiman Rahman, Secretary

Suzanne Biemiller

Hosea Harvey

Markida Ross

Judith Tschirgi

John Walsh

Kristina Wilkerson