At a Glance

Dr. Jeannine Payne | E-mail

Phone: 215-400-7580
Fax: 215-400-7581

Student Enrollment: 1,200

1699 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

SEPTA Routes:2, 43, C, Broad St. Subway

Mission & Approach to Learning

The Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School is a public, academic magnet school located in the city of Philadelphia. Students from all sections of the city may apply, and are admitted based on highly selective requirements for standardized testing, grades, and attendance. The school serves approximately 1,200 students in grades five through twelve; there are roughly 740 students in the middle school and 460 students in the high school. Students enter Masterman Middle School in fifth or sixth grade and must apply to the High School when they are in eighth grade. The student population is diverse ethnically, racially, and socioeconomically.

Points of Pride

  • Most highly ranked school in the state of Pennsylvania as measured by the PSSA’s
  • Ranked as a “Top 10 High schools in America.” by US News and World Report
  • All courses are advanced
  • Variety of advanced placement classes are offered
  • Over 20 competitive sports teams for both young men and women, which includes middle school sports
  • Full range of over 40 extra-curricular activities including a nationally-ranked chess team, orchestra, choir, jazz band, Allies, Chess Club, Debate, Mock Trial, Student Government, Ultimate Frisbee, Golf, and more
  • Very active and involved Home and School Association and School Advisory Council

What We Offer

Courses & Program Highlights

  • Advanced Placement Courses:
    • African American History
    • AP Seminar
    • Calculus AB and BC
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • English Language and Composition
    • English Literature and Composition
    • Environmental Science
    • French
    • Music Theory
    • 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, orchestra, choir, jazz band, Chess Club, Debate, Mock Trial, Student Government, Ultimate Frisbee, Golf, Robotics, and more

Sports Teams

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


  • Community College of Philadelphia
  • Drexel University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia Heights

Admission Criteria

  • Grades: As and Bs
  • Attendance: 95%
  • Standardized Test: 80th Percentile in ELA and
    80th Percentile in Math
  • Additional Requirements: Successful completion of Algebra I in 8th grade for students applying to 9th grade.