A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    C-
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Julia R. Masterman Secondary School is an elite, public, magnet school located in Philadelphia, PA. It has 1,180 students in grades 5-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 93% of students are at least proficient in math and 99% in reading.
Address
1699 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Telephone
(215) 299-4661

Julia R. Masterman Secondary School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
99%
Percent Proficient - Math
93%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1360
199 responses
Average ACT
31
40 responses
AP Enrollment
86%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
75%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.24 responses
Poll
83%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.24 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 77 responses
Report
  • Spirit Week
    25%
  • End of the year trip
    17%
  • Play
    16%
  • School Picnics
    16%
  • Talent Show
    13%
  • Mock Election
    6%
  • Senior Solstice
    6%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,180
Free or Reduced Lunch
30%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.25 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.25 responses
52%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.25 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.30 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.30 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.30 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
$19,916/ year
National
$12,239
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.30 responses
13%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.30 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.30 responses
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Overall, the school itself is pretty good with relation to its academics. The school is very competitive and there's lot of people really worried about which college they want to get in. University of Pennsylvania is a very popular choice in this school. The food is mediocre. The party life is surprisingly more than you would think, albeit not too high either. Probably 40% of the high school do drugs or drink alcohol. But other than that, there's not much social interaction between the students as many of them are really focused on their schoolwork and not on parties or having fun. The school is not preppy either, as many would think. There may be some students that think they are better than everyone else because they get higher grades but that's the exception, not the norm.
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I love that Masterman only has around 100 kids per graduating class- it allows for tight knit community that has a family like bond, espically since most of kids have gone to the school since 5th grade. However, it feels like there is a bias against kids that aren't the top 10% of the grade, or kids that are extra. If you aren't interested in ivy league schools, specifically UPenn, it seems llike no one cares about you/ your successes. Also there is a total lack of communication like no one tells us whats going on. Overall fun and good expereince, and it has prepared me well for college, however senoir year was made extra hard because of the highly competitive nature.
This is a really good school when it comes to academics and it will definitely prepare the student for college. However, when it also promotes a stress culture somewhat and there is this overarching belief there that unless the student gets nearly perfect everything, they won't be successful in the future. Additionally, there is not too much consideration given to students who come from poor families and the school doesn't really address that because of the relatively wealthy majority that attends the school.