Northeast Times

MaST Charter receives high ranking

MaST Com­munity Charter School in Somer­ton was ranked 22nd among pub­lic high schools in Pennsylvania in the re­cently re­leased U.S. News and World Re­port Best High Schools rank­ings.

The ana­lys­is ex­amined more than 31,200 high schools na­tion­ally (691 in Pennsylvania) based on their per­form­ance on state-man­dated stu­dent as­sess­ments, their ef­fect­ive edu­ca­tion of minor­ity and eco­nom­ic­ally chal­lenged stu­dents, along with their par­ti­cip­a­tion and per­form­ance on Ad­vanced Place­ment and In­ter­na­tion­al Bac­ca­laur­eate ex­ams.

MaST was the lead­ing high school in North­east Phil­adelphia and fourth-best city­wide be­hind two mag­net schools, Mas­ter­man and Cent­ral, as well as the Academy at Palumbo. Mas­ter­man was ranked first in the state over­all. MaST showed an eight-spot im­prove­ment over the 2013 rank­ings and was the only charter high school ranked among the top 60 statewide.

MaST was ranked 995th na­tion­ally and 127th among charter schools. With 1,247 stu­dents, the school has a 28 per­cent minor­ity en­roll­ment and 36 per­cent eco­nom­ic­ally dis­ad­vant­aged en­roll­ment with 76 full-time teach­ers. On stand­ard­ized tests, the stu­dent body was 86-per­cent pro­fi­cient in read­ing and 84 per­cent in math with a “col­lege read­i­ness in­dex” of 35.1. ••

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