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More Schools Going Mastery

CompetencyWorks Blog

Author(s): Chris Sturgis

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

From the Young Women Leadership Academy Website

The Mastery Collaborative, a program based in New York City’s Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Readiness, announced the eight schools that will be making up the Mastery Collaborative Living Lab for 2015-16. These schools are implementing (or enhancing) a schoolwide mastery system, and as part of the Living Lab will make their classrooms, resources, and expertise available to others interested in mastery-based learning.

The eight schools are:

Bronx Leadership Academy 2 HS (BLA2)

Carroll Gardens School for Innovation (CGSI) (here is a link to my visit)

Frank McCourt HS

Harvest Collegiate HS

NYC iSchool

Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy Int’l HS (KAPPA)

The Young Women’s Leadership School-Astoria (TYWLS-Astoria)

Urban Assembly Maker Academy

There are also an additional twenty schools that will be “Active Members” of the Mastery Collaborative that are going to start piloting a mastery-based system beginning with either one grade or one department. I’ve visited some of these schools and they had many, if not most, of the elements of competency education…which makes me wonder how many of them are in this position. Having schools pilot with an entire grade or department, as compared to just different classrooms, is going to be very valuable to our field because we don’t have much insight into the trade-offs about how a school rolls out competency education.

Academy for Software Engineering

Brooklyn International HS

Bronx Academy for Software Engineering

Bronx Arena HS

Bronx International HS

Bronx Compass HS

East Bronx Academy for the Future



 Flushing International HS

Global Technology Prep MS

Inwood Early College for Health and Information Technologies

Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice

North Queens Community HS

NYC Lab HS for Collaborative Studies

NYC Lab MS for Collaborative Studies

Manhattan International HS

Queens School of Inquiry

Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction

The Young Women’s Leadership School of the Bronx, Bronx