PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Northeast Philadelphia charter school is celebrating a national honor.
Students at the MaST Charter wore blue ribbons to mark the school’s Blue Ribbon award from the U.S. Education Department.
McCall Elementary, a district school, was the only other Philadelphia school to be honored this year.
Mayor Jim Kenney toured the school, and saw its flat screens and colorful displays in the hallways and classrooms.
“This school has already won many awards, produced National Merit Scholars and continues to innovate every single year,” he said.
The mayor got a look at the school’s robotics program.
“They learn computer programming in third and fourth grade and they’re building ferris wheels and soccer players that move back and forth that are programmed,” said school CEO John Swoyer.
MaST opened a second location in Lawncrest last year, and has applied to the School Reform Commission for 2,600 new seats at a third site.