Program Profiles
Scott Gordon

Current Title
Chief Executive Officer
Current Organization
Mastery Charter Schools

Pre-Program Information


Previous Title
Chief Executive Officer
Previous Organization
Mastery Charter Schools
Previous Organization Sector
Public Charter Network

The Broad Academy 2014-2015


We live in a country where fewer than 10 percent of low-income children of color graduate from college. We cannot thrive as a nation nor fulfill the promise of our democracy when we shortchange so many millions of young people. Poverty presents many obstacles. But it is not destiny. School districts must be rooted in an unwavering belief in the children and families they serve and adopt the principles and practices of high-performing schools: clear goals and accountability, quality leadership, support for teachers and teaching in the classroom, a culture of continuous improvement and relentless pursuit of excellence for every child.

Mastery Charter Schools, led by chief executive officer Scott Gordon, is demonstrating that students in our nation’s lowest-performing schools can succeed at the highest academic levels with compassionate disciplinary practices. Recognized as a national model for successfully turning around some of Philadelphia’s most troubled schools, Mastery has fundamentally redesigned its approach to “no excuses”: creating a new college-ready school model designed to develop students’ independence and critical-thinking skills — all in a supportive environment in which Mastery makes addressing the racial and economic context of educational injustice central to its work.

More about Scott Gordon

Scott Gordon – Pushing boundaries for educational equity, The Broad Center Blog, May 30, 2018

In his 17th year as founder and chief executive officer of Mastery Charter Schools, Scott Gordon oversees an organization that is known for turning around struggling public schools — both district and charter — while creating better and varied post-secondary opportunities for its students. “We are charter schools that operate in neighborhoods, serving kids we expect to go to Harvard or Howard. Read more.

Current Title
Chief Executive Officer
Current Organization
Mastery Charter Schools

Pre-Program Information


Previous Title
Chief Executive Officer
Previous Organization
Mastery Charter Schools
Previous Organization Sector
Public Charter Network