Lenfest Campus - Mastery Charter School


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Your Community School in Center City

Lenfest Campus is a free, public charter school serving 580 students in grades 7-12.

All of our sophomores participate in an internship program to explore different careers. And our upperclassmen can take AP classes and participate in a dual enrollment program to earn college credits while they are still in high school.

Students have access to tons of sports and extracurricular activities including band, football, drama club and coding.

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

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Our School

Our academically rigorous program prepares students for success after graduation.

  • Varied Courses
    • Range of courses from introductory to college level
    • AP classes give students the opportunity to earn college credits
      • AP Language and Composition
      • AP Literature
      • AP World History
      • AP US History
  • College and Career Prep
    • Sophomores complete an 18-week internship
    • Seniors go on college visits, take a senior seminar course, get assistance applying for scholarships & loans and support with the college application process
    • Students graduate with a plan to enter college, the workforce or a pathway of their choice
  • Special Education Programming
    • We provide comprehensive special education programming to meet the individualized needs of each child, including:
      • Individualized Education Plans
      • Academic Interventions
      • Low Incidence Programs  (Autistic Support, Multiple Disabilities, Life Skills)
      • Emotional Support
      • English as a Second Language (ESL)
      • Psychological and Social Services

Lenfest students have tons of sports, clubs and extracurricular activities to choose from, including:

  • Art Club
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Music
  • National Honor Society
  • Step Team
  • Student Council
  • Yearbook

We’re a member of the PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) within the District XII Public League. Our middle school teams play in a variety of leagues across the city.

Athletics Calendar

Uniforms are for sale DAILY by the Culture Team.

  • Short sleeve polo – $10
  • Long sleeve polo – $15
  • Navy blue crewneck sweater with Mastery logo – $25
  • Navy blue or Black khaki pants – $25
  • Mastery quarter zip – $30
  • Mastery Swag – Kickboard earned dollars from LenfestZon (school store) or earned as a reward

Any student living in Philadelphia is eligible to apply for the lottery at Lenfest Campus, however preference is given to current students at Smedley Elementary. We also give preference to students with siblings currently attending the school.

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In the News

Our Team

Christopher Ziemba, Principal

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Chris Ziemba has served as the principal of Mastery Charter School Lenfest Campus since 2016. Before coming to Lenfest, he served as a case manager and assistant principal of student supports at Mastery Charter School Pickett Campus. He began his career in education as a special education teacher in the Bronx in 2003 after serving three years in the US Peace Corps (Kingston, Jamaica).

Throughout Mr. Ziemba’s tenure at Lenfest, the school has experienced PSSA gains in Math and Reading. He looks forward to leveraging the school’s vision to further support academic gains.

Chris has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Vermont and a master’s in Teaching & Curriculum from Columbia University – Teacher’s College. In 2010, Chris earned his Principal certification through the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.

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.