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Mastery seniors pledge to complete college

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This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

Mastery Charter schools held its second annual college signing day Tuesday.

Students and staff from Mastery’s 15 Philadelphia schools packed Temple University’s Liacouras Center to cheer on the charter operator’s high school seniors who have vowed to complete college.

More than 60 percent of its 500 high school seniors signed a pledge to complete coursework at a four-year college or university.

Twenty-eight percent pledged to complete a two-year college. The rest of the graduates plan to join a post-secondary program including the military.

Anthony Wells, who plans to attend Bloomsburg University, is graduating from Simon Gratz High, a school that had a violent, unruly culture until Mastery took over in 2012.

"We, the Class of 2014, pledge to reach for the stars and push ourselves to greatness," he said, standing before a full arena of his peers.

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