Shoemaker Campus - Mastery Charter School


Shoemaker Campus is now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year. Please follow the steps below to apply online.

  • Visit Apply Philly Charter
  • Log in or create an account
  • Fill out your family profile and add your child as a student
  • Click on the Apply for September 2024 button
  • Select Mastery Charter School: Shoemaker Campus as the school to which you would like to apply
  • Submit your application

Please note: If you are looking for a seat for your child for the current school year (2023-2024), you can still apply online today using Apply Philly Charter. Just click on the “Apply for Current Year” button to start your application once you’ve logged in.

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 West Philadelphia

Welcome to Shoemaker Campus!

We’re a neighborhood school in West Philadelphia serving more than 775 students in grades 7-12.

Along with a rigorous academic program, our students have access to tons of incredible opportunities, including job shadow and career exposure experiences, dual enrollment to earn college credit, a building trades exposure class, and a medicine educational pipeline program with UPenn. Sports and clubs? We have those, too: basketball, lacrosse, Muslim student association, poetry & spoken word club, and more!

At Shoemaker, all students learn and thrive. With love and high expectations, we help them find their own paths to success.

Stop by and visit us any time!





Our School

Our academically rigorous program prepares all students for success after graduation.

  • Varied Courses
    • Rand of courses from introductory to college level
    • AP courses and dual enrollment give students the opportunity to earn college credit
  • College and Career Prep
    • Sophomores engage in job shadows and career exposure experiences while also completing a capstone Entrepreneurship Project
    • Seniors go on Post-Secondary visits, take a senior seminar course, get assistance applying for scholarships & loans, and support with the post-Secondary 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

For specific schedules and more detailed information visit Mastery’s Athletics page:

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

  • Art Club
  • Basketball
  • Big Brothers
  • Big Sisters
  • Cheerleading
  • Chess Club
  • Choir
  • Cross Country
  • Dance
  • Environmental Club
  • Football
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Hip Hop Dance
  • Lacrosse
  • Mural Arts
  • Muslim Student Associations
  • Poetry Slam
  • Prom Committee
  • Robotics Club
  • Rowing
  • School Musicals
  • Soccer
  • Step Team
  • Student Government
  • Students Run Philly Style
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • 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. We are proud to be champions!

We believe school uniforms create a sense of school pride and community, while helping to build students’ personal skills around professionalism and presentation. Students should be in full uniform on the first day of school.


You can expect to receive additional details on how and where to purchase uniforms, as well as information about Student and Family Orientation.


While school uniforms are a part of the Mastery model, uniforms should never be a barrier to school attendance.  If you are having a financial hardship that impacts your ability to secure school uniforms, please contact your school to discuss opportunities for uniform assistance.


Thank you for a wonderful school year.  Have a restful summer, and we look forward to welcoming your children back in August.


ShirtMastery shirt (short or long-sleeved) with their school’s logo and color
PantsSolid color pants, skirts, or knee-length shorts (for elementary students only) in the school’s required color, belt (if necessary)
OuterwearStudents are permitted to wear sweaters and sweatshirts (including hooded versions) with the Mastery logo.

Students are not allowed to wear hats or hoods in the building. They are only permitted to wear head coverings for religious purposes.
UndershirtsStudents are permitted to wear solid shirts as a layer underneath their uniform shirts.
ShoesClosed-toe, flat-soled shoes or sneakers


It is every student’s responsibility to come to school in the expected uniform for their specific grade daily. Jeans, Joggers, and open toe shoes are not school uniform. Below are school uniform expectations for grades 7-12.


GradeUniform ShirtUniform PantsGym UniformOuterwear
7th and 8thBABY BLUE uniform

polo shirt w/Shoemaker logo
BLACK or TAN pants7th Grade ONLY

T-shirt w/Shoemaker logo

Plain grey

sweatpants or warm-up pants

crewneck sweatshirt w/Shoemaker logo


3/4 zip sweatshirt w/Shoemaker logo
9th and 10thNAVY BLUE uniform

polo shirt w/Shoemaker logo

crewneck sweatshirt w/Shoemaker logo


3/4 zip sweatshirt w/Shoemaker logo
11thROYAL BLUE uniform

polo shirt w/Shoemaker logo
BLACK or TAN pantsNavy

T-shirt w/Shoemaker logo

Plain grey

sweatpants or warm-up pants

crewneck sweatshirt w/Shoemaker logo


3/4 zip sweatshirt w/Shoemaker logo
12thBLACK uniform polo

shirt w/Shoemaker Puma logo

crewneck sweatshirt w/Shoemaker logo


3/4 zip sweatshirt w/Shoemaker logo

Any student living in Philadelphia is eligible to apply for the lottery at Shoemaker Campus, however preference is given to current students at Mann and Bluford elementary schools. 

Our Team

Derrick Cartwright, Principal

[email protected]

Since April 2022, Mr. Cartwright has served as the proud Principal of Shoemaker. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Principal of Instruction for three years after serving as a math teacher for 6 years in Cincinnati and Philadelphia. He is committed to serving the West Philadelphia community and helping to ensure the students and families of Shoemaker are given every opportunity to succeed and excel throughout their time here and in their chosen post-secondary pathway.

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.


"There's a charter school called Mastery in Philadelphia. And in just two years, three of the schools that Mastery has taken over have seen reading and math levels nearly double - in some cases, triple...Now, if a school like Mastery can do it, every troubled school can do it."

-President Barack Obama