CAMDEN, NJ — Among those returning to school Tuesday were approximately 100 students who have the distinction of being the first senior class at Mastery High School of Camden.

A banner congratulating the school’s founding class welcomed students as they kicked off the new school year. Principal William Hayes, teachers, and other staff greeted students with handshakes, hugs, and high-fives.

Some seniors will leave with more than just a diploma when they graduate in 2020. Advanced Placement offerings at Mastery and a dual enrollment program with Camden County College give eligible students the opportunity to earn an associate degree.

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Mastery High School of Camden is the first and only high school in North Camden. It opened in 2016 with a ninth grade class, adding one grade each year.

The school shared a campus with Mastery East Camden Middle for two years before moving into its own building in North Camden last year.

Mastery Charter Schools and Mastery Schools of Camden form a nonprofit school network in Philadelphia and Camden serving more than 14,000 students in grades K through 12. The mission is that all students learn the academic and personal skills they need to be truly prepared for postsecondary success and able to pursue their dreams. Learn more at

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