2020-2021 School Year Enrollment

The lottery application window for the 2020/2021 school year closed in January of 2020. As enrollment spots open, we will use the waitlist generated during the lottery. If you applied through the applyphilly after the deadline, your application will be held in a database and you will not receive a waitlist number. We will only utilize that database if we surpassed the lottery-drawn waitlist.

2021-2022 Lottery Application Process

Dear Families,

MaST will start accepting lottery applications for the 2020–2021 school year on September 25, 2020. The lottery window will close on January 25, 2021. The Lottery will be held in February. Applications will be accepted through the Apply Philly website: https://applyphillycharter.org.

  • Create an account and fill out a family profile
  • Select the box next to MaST Community Charter School
  • Submit the application

It’s that easy!

For assistance, visit any participating charter school, your local library or call 1-800-891-3999. 

Please note: Families can apply for MaST, MaST II, and MaST III through Apply Philly. Each school will have separately held lotteries.

General Enrollment Information

  • An application is not a guarantee of admission.
  • Only one application will be accepted per child.
  • Children must be five years of age by September 1st of the school year.
  • Siblings: Siblings must apply through the application process. 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. Families will have to verify this information through a birth certificate or custodial paperwork.
  • 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 the school year, a parent/guardian must re-apply for the lottery for the next school year.

Lottery & Waitlist Information

Applicants who have applied by the deadline have their child’s name input in the lottery. 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.  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.

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.

McKinney-Vento Act Information

Upon acceptance through the lottery, 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 that are currently homeless, displaced, or in transition between homes.

If you would like additional information regarding the McKinney-Vento Act,  please email info@mastccs.org or contact one of the following McKinney-Vento liaisons: 

MaST Byberry | Kathleen MacConnell | kmacconnell@mastccs.org

MaST II | Kaitlin McCauley | kmccauley@mast2.org

MaST III | Veronica Vasquez | vvasquez@mast3.org

Family Resources

McKinney Vento during COVID19

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001

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Enrollment Timeline

Applications available/open

Application closes


MaST Schools