Building Persistence Through Student Independence and Accountability
GRIT IT MODEL
KNOW IT. DO IT. PROVE IT.
Seminar Classes and Teams
Freshman sOCIAL eMOTIONAL Learning
Mastery intentionally develops grit and resilience in students by fostering a “success through hard work” culture. Teachers develop students’ “growth mindset”, encouraging them to persevere through difficult work and providing them opportunities to lead. We believe social-emotional skills can be explicitly taught and nurtured.
Skills/Strategies for successful acclimation to High School
Historical roadblocks to success for minorities and how to overcome them
Sophomore Seminar will set the foundational understanding of career pathways and practice essential workplace skills for 10th grade students. This course prioritizes--Communication skills for professional settings, Public Speaking, Interview Skills, Technology in a business setting, Career Pathway Exposure, Post-secondary Preparedness Plan development. There will also be opportunities for students to apply their skills learned in a Mock Interview Day, and Career Panels. This is awesome experience for all students involved!!!
Students develop a resume
Learn and practice the interview process
Many opportunities to learn and develop public speaking skills
Junior Seminar is the second course of a three class seminar series offered at Mastery Charter School in order to prepare all students for postsecondary success. This course is designed to give you a thorough understanding of the multiple pathways available to you after high school. Junior Seminar will build on the skills and concepts you learned in Sophomore Seminar and is a prerequisite to Senior Seminar.
The vision of Junior Seminar is to help students become critical thinkers and independent doers through the process of self-reflection, informed decision making, and personalized planning. And to help them develop the necessary soft skills they need to be successful as young adults in the modern world.
Students will focus on multiple pathways to success as they prepare to create a post-secondary plan that is right for them. Students will take a close look at their current academic credentials and begin to make decisions regarding their post high school plans.
By the end of this course, students will have:
A detailed post-secondary pathway plan
Created a list of possible programs they are considering applying to
Completed quarterly 1:1 or small group advising sessions (required)
Completed a post-secondary "fit" meeting with their advisor and family
At Gratz, we believe in the greatness within each of our students. With love and high expectations, we support them in finding their own paths to success. Whether they want to attend college or start their career right after graduation, we make sure our students are prepared for both so they can make the choice that’s right for them.
Every senior gets assigned advisor and has access to advisor through 2x a week class, office hours, and additional meeting times
Advisor works with student and family to complete all financial aid steps
Networking Opportunities with Postsecondary institutions from colleges to military to apprenticeships
Seniors craft a FIT list for applications and apply to 4-6 options based on their intended plan
Seniors learn how to understand the financial aid process and analyze financial aid award letters and take on minimum debt
Need help with College?
College Supports we offer at Gratz:
Get a personalized Checklist based on their postsecondary plan
Meet with advisor when necessary for assistance with next steps
Seniors consider whether to take another standardized test (In a typical school year- juniors take the ACT 1-2 x)
Students and Parents create an FSA-ID for parent and student- 1st step for FAFSA
Students meet or visit with as many post-secondary representatives that they choose. (We typically have over 50 commit to coming for a visit or zoom session)
Students complete 4-10 post-secondary applications
Seniors gather necessary materials for applications (test score, letters of rec, essays)
Receive necessary fee waivers
Complete FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA)
Have access to monthly scholarship blasts
Work through additional financial aid steps like verification and determining Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
Update or make a professional resume
Create a detailed PLAN 1 and Back up plan
Complete a GRIT it Presentation about their postsecondary plans
Complete a senior project on relevant transition topics
Complete direct enrollment steps
Receive support throughout the summer
post secondary resources
Additional Post-Secondary resources
Easy college comparison tool-College Score Card https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/
Resource for 1st generation college seekers https://www.collegegreenlight.com/
Scholarship Search site https://www.unigo.com/
Skill building and career articles https://www.mindtools.com/
Comprehensive college planning site https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/
Career Search and Info from the Dept of Labor https://www.careeronestop.org/
Online classes and skill building for the workplace https://www.linkedin.com/learning/
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania is a small public university. It is part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university is accredited and has numerous national professional organizations.
DAVID BUTLER ('16), TIARA CLARK ('16), QUIANDA GODBOLT ('19), OCTAVIA JACKSON ('19), MONAE BISHOP-ANGEL GARCIA ('19)
Graduation Rate: 53%
Salary After Graduation: $21k-62k