MaST Admission Information
Please note: This lottery application is only for admission to MaST on Byberry Road as the two MaST schools function independently of one another.
The lottery applications for the 2019-2020 School Year can be completed between September 28th and January 28th. Please only complete one entry per child per school. Please note: MaST, MaST II, and MaST III have separate lotteries for each school.
Applications can be submitted electronically. If you do not have access to a computer, you may come to MaST to complete an application. A computer will also be available in our main lobby each school day from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The application is available in various languages.
An application is not a guarantee of admission. Students are admitted depending upon the number of vacancies that occur at each grade level.
For those students applying under the Sibling Preference Policy, a Sibling Lottery will be held in the event there are more siblings applying than seats available in any particular grade. A sibling is defined as one of two or more individuals having one common parent. Siblings not residing in Philadelphia are ineligible for admission.
Non-Philadelphia residents will be admitted only if there are no Philadelphia resident students applying for any particular grade.
In order to apply for kindergarten, children must be five years of age by September 1st of the school year.
Parents/guardians will be notified via email a few weeks after the lottery as to whether or not a child has been admitted. If a child is not admitted within that school year, a parent/guardian must re-apply for the lottery for the next school year.
A public lottery will be held in February at MaST Community Charter School, 1800 E. Byberry Rd. Philadelphia PA 19116.
Lottery & Waitlist Information
Applicants who have applied by the deadline have their child’s name input in the lottery (only one time, regardless of the amount of times they have applied). Names by grade, in no certain order, are input into a web-based randomizer and the randomizer generates a list of names in a random order for that specific grade. Depending on the amount of available seats in that grade, names are displayed to occupy the seats available. Families do not have to be present but are welcomed to attend.
Siblings of current MaST students (residing in Philadelphia) have first preference for available seats. Once sibling seats are filled, additional names are drawn from the lottery until all available seats are filled in that grade level. The remaining students stay on the waitlist in the order in which they were selected by the randomizer.
As the year progresses, and students transfer out, the next student on the waitlist in that grade is called to occupy the available seat. Should they decline the spot, the next person on the waitlist in that grade level is called.
Due to our student turnover rate being so low, there are few opportunities to enroll by June of that year. However, as students leave, our waitlist is utilized, until the next year’s lottery. Waitlists are purged annually and the process begins again for the next year. Parents/legal guardians will be notified as to whether or not their child has been admitted or not. Non-Philadelphia residents will be admitted only if there are no Philadelphia resident students applying for any particular grade.
MaST Community Charter School does not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, or handicap in admission to, access to, instruction in, or participation in its programs and activities.
In accordance with federal and state guidelines under the McKinney/Vento Act, MaST Community Charter School is committed to removing barriers to education that face students experiencing homelessness.
- Do members of your household lack a permanent address?
- Are you staying together in a hotel, shelter, or other temporary housing arrangement?
- Have you moved in with another family due to a lack of housing?
- Does your family relocate on a seasonal basis?
- Are any children living with you who have chosen to leave their prior family or household?
If you believe children in your household meet these descriptions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.