Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School 


Ms. Marjorie Neff

1699 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia PA 19130
Phone: 215-299-4661

Julia R. Masterman Middle and High School

Julia R. Masterman Middle and High School

Our Vision


When students have completed the Masterman educational program with the services and activities provided by this institution and its community we expect students to be able to:

  • Think critically
  • Communicate knowledge through speaking and writing.
  • Understand different cultures and perspectives.
  • Be respectful members of a community demonstrating integrity and personal responsibility.
  • Utilize good study habits and research skills
  • Succeed in advanced academic curriculum.
  • Be knowledgeable of a foreign language.
  • Have an appreciation for literature and the arts.
  • Understand and apply mathematical concepts to solve problems in daily living .
  • Understand scientific applications in the context of the environment.
  • Apply historical knowledge to contemporary events.
  • Be technologically literate.
  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle.
  • Be lifelong, self-directed learners.
  • Become active citizens in a participatory democracy.

Our Mission

The Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School provides a rigorous, enriched curriculum to each student in grades 5-12 challenging each student intellectually and fostering the development of the whole individual.

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Masterman's School District profile can be accessed here.


More About Us

The Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School is in the Center City Region of the School District of Philadelphia located at the corner of 17th and Spring Garden Streets, across the street from the Community College of Philadelphia. Due to its central location, Masterman is easily accessible from any part of the city.


There are approximately 1,150 students enrolled in grades 5 through 12, in 36 homerooms.  Masterman is a special admissions school so our students come from all regions of the city.  To learn more about admissions, visit our Admissions webpage.


In 1998 and 2010, Masterman was selected as a Blue Ribbon School for Educational Excellence on the National Level. For more information on the school, view the School Profile.

If you would like to learn how you can assist Masterman in its endeavor to remain a premier school, visit our Giving to Masterman webpage.

Our History

     The Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School was established in September 1958 for elementary school students in grades 5 and 6. A junior high school program was initiated in 1959, and a senior high school was added in 1976. In 1990 Masterman was re-organized as a middle school (grades 5-8) and a high school (grades 9-12). Students are admitted from all areas of Philadelphia based on academic performance, and staff members are selected based on professional expertise.


       The school was named for Julia Reynolds Masterman. Mrs. Masterman was instrumental in establishing the Philadelphia Home and School Council and served as its first president. The Masterman family still participates in school events and contributes awards at commencement.

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