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Camden, New Jersey
Camden County
Mastery Schools of Camden, Inc.
Mastery Schools of Camden, Inc. is a public school located in Camden, New Jersey with 2,240 students in grades KG-11.
Highlights
Students are given a hands-on, joyous approach to a standards-aligned curriculum.
Core values of kindness, responsibility, respect, teamwork, and hard work are the foundation of our school culture.
We provide a safe, supportive environment and ensure that art, music, and sports are available to every child.
Awards

Recognized as a national leader in school turnarounds, Mastery Charter Schools is featured on the U.S. Department of Education website as the best national example of the “restart” turnaround school model. In 2010, President Obama highlighted Masterys success in turnarounds in two national education reform speeches.

Location
1001 North 17th Street
Camden, NJ 08105
Contact
Principal: Jessie Gismondi
215-866-9000
Jessie.Gismondi@masterynj.org
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Grades
KG-11
White 0%
Black 34%
Asian 1%
Hispanic 65%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 0%
School size
2,240
students
Female 46.3%
Male 53.7%
Economically disadvantaged students 98%
Students with disabilities 24%
English learners 15%
Homeless students 1%
Students in foster care 1%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
187
Grade Percent of total students Students
Kindergarten 9%
207
1st Grade 9%
201
2nd Grade 10%
218
3rd Grade 11%
244
4th Grade 11%
236
5th Grade 9%
199
6th Grade 9%
197
7th Grade 8%
180
8th Grade 7%
167
9th Grade 8%
187
10th Grade 5%
118
11th Grade 4%
86
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English & language arts proficiency
23%
of students

Math proficiency
18%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
4.4
Incidents per year
Violence 46
Weapons 1
Vandalism 5
Substances 5
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 42
Total incidents 99
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
57%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 3%
1 to 5 days 27%
6 to 10 days 27%
11 to 15 days 18%
Over 15 days 25%
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English 70.0%
Spanish 29.8%
Other 0.3%
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Learn more about Mastery Schools of Camden, Inc..

Mission

All students learn the academic and personal skills they need to be truly prepared for postsecondary success and able to pursue their dreams. Mastery is relentlessly focused on student achievement and guided by eight core tenets: 1) High Expectations School Culture, 2) Data Driven Instruction and Management, 3) Outstanding Instruction, 4) Literacy Focus, 5) Comprehensive Student Support, 6) Social Emotional Learning Instruction, 7) More Instructional Time, and 8) Family Engagement.

Academics

At Mastery, our primary goal is to ensure that all students are learning. Our curriculum is robust and aligned to the Common Core. We use Eureka Math for K-8 math instruction and add extra practice time for students on a daily basis. For secondary students, we use the Agile Mind math curriculum. Our elementary English Language Arts curriculum includes Fundations for our systematic phonics program, small group reading, and Wheatley for our robust reading and writing program. At the secondary level, we use Springboard for English Language Arts. All of our instructional programs are designed to support student access to rigorous, standards-based instruction. To assess students' progress, we use a suite of tools, including formative assessments. This is how we ensure that students are on a path to growth and achievement.

Sports

Baseball (Boys), Basketball (Boys & Girls), Cheerleading (Girls), Cross Country (Boys & Girls), Football (Boys), Soccer (Boys), Softball (Girls), Track and Field - Spring (Boys & Girls), Volleyball (Boys & Girls)

Clubs

We offer a variety of different clubs and after school activities at our various campuses. Some examples are: Strength and Conditioning, Drumline, Band, Choir, Art Club, Poetry Club, Double Dutch, Math Club, Drama, Robotics, Latin Dance Club, STEM Club, Yoga, Yearbook, Student Council, and Photography.

Programs

Students and families have access to daily aftercare services, if needed, and summer programming that provide opportunities for enrichment, homework support, and joyful activities such as arts and crafts and sports.

Teachers

Mastery teachers continually improve their craft through frequent feedback, routine professional development, coaching, and collaborative support. Our 1:1 teacher coaching model has been extremely successful in aligning teacher actions to student outcomes. We ensure that teachers have the space, resources, and practice they need to excel prior to and throughout the school year. Mastery has been nationally recognized for our teacher coaching model.

Post high school

We offer individualized pathways for each of our students. We equip students for a successful postsecondary journey, whether in a career or on a college campus. Sophomores complete an 18-week internship where students learn workplace communication skills, time management, resume development, and interviewing techniques. Students participate in college trips and a senior seminar course. They receive assistance with FAFSA form completion and support with the college application process.

Supports

All students should be supported to reach their potential. Our programming is designed on an individual basis to respond to the needs of each student academically, behaviorally, and socio-emotionally to support them in meeting our rigorous expectations. We have certified special education faculty, counselors, social workers, related service providers, and psychologists who provide on-going support to students needing services. We have supports and services in place for English Language Learners.

Health

Our school nurses meet the needs outlined in students’ health plans, as well as daily medication needs, and all screening requirements. Students receive a free, nutritious breakfast and lunch. In the lower grades, students enjoy free play or structured recess. Students also receive physical education and can participate in after-school programs and sports.

Parents

We believe that families are our partners and their children's first and most important teachers. Mastery schools are welcoming places where families feel respected and encouraged to talk with school leaders and teachers in support of their child’s education. Examples of school based parent events are Back-to-School night, Mother-Daughter Health party, IEP workshops, home-ownership and credit workshops, Hispanic Heritage events, Bilingual advisory, Parent Association, a food bank, and a book fair.

Facilities

In the fall of 2018, we opened Mastery High School of Camden in the space that formerly housed Pynt Poynt Middle School. Renovations to the space included a cooling system for the entire building, updated LED lighting, an upgraded gymnasium and auditorium, and a new entrance to welcome students, families and faculty members. We also renovated Molina Elementary, McGraw Elementary, and East Camden Middle. These renovations included eight new classrooms and a gymnasium for Molina, an upgraded cooling system in McGraw's cafeteria and auditorium, and a renovated entrance with a school leadership suite at East Camden.

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From music to art to field trips, students take part in a well-rounded education. We work closely with our families to ensure our schools are a place where every child loves to learn. Students enjoy a strong sense of community and belonging in a safe environment, supported by caring and committed teachers and staff who return year after year. Along with a rigorous academic program, students have opportunities in the upper grades to participate in athletics and a variety of after-school programs in preparation for high school and post-secondary success.

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