Masterman at a Glance

Mission & Approach to Learning:

Masterman provides an accelerated, enriched curriculum for academically talented students who are interested in a college preparatory experience. Masterman’s motto is “Dare To Be Excellent.” To that end, students participate in a rigorous academic program supported by a wide range of co-curricular activities. At Masterman, academic excellence and personal growth take place in a genuinely diverse community. Our students learn in and from this diverse atmosphere, truly experiencing and honoring the differences. Masterman promotes not simply tolerance, but the rich possibilities for individual and community growth.

Points of Pride:

  • Most highly ranked school in the state of Pennsylvania as measured by the PSSA’s
  • Ranked #16 nationally by US News and World Report in 2020
  • Ranked #10 nationally in magnet high schools by US News and World Report in 2020
  • Ranked as a “Top One Hundred Public School” nationally by US News and World Report for the past six years
  • All courses are advanced
  • 13 advanced placement classes are offered
  • 18 competitive sports teams for both young men and women
  • Full range of extra-curricular activities including a nationally-ranked chess team, orchestra, choir, jazz band and a variety of clubs
  • Very active and involved Home and School Association

Courses & Program Highlights:

Advanced Placement Courses:

  • Calculus AB and BC
  • Computer Science
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • French
  • Music Theory
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Spanish Language
  • Statistics
  • US Government and Politics
  • US History
  • and opportunities for independent study for additional Advanced Placement exams.

Extracurricular Activities:

Over 40 extracurricular activities, including Allies, Chess Club, Debate, Mock Trial, Student Government, Ultimate Frisbee, Golf, and more

Sports Teams:

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball—Girls’ and Boys’
  • Bowling
  • Cross Country—Girls’ and Boys’
  • Soccer—Girls’ and Boys’
  • Softball
  • Swimming—Co-ed
  • Tennis—Girls’ and Boys’
  • Track—Co-ed
  • Track—Co-ed Indoor
  • Volleyball—Girls’ and Boys’


  • Community College of Philadelphia
  • Drexel University