Mastery Charter School: Cramer Hill Elementary

Mastery Charter School: Cramer Hill Elementary


Size: 90,000 s.f.

Location: Camden, New Jersey

Architect: Blackney Hayes Architects

Builder: Hunter Roberts Construction Group

Mastery Charter Schools has expanded into Camden, NJ. A key component of this expansion is the construction of a new K-8 school in the Cramer Hill neighborhood of the city. The new school accommodates 745 students and features new classrooms, gymnasium, cafetorium, library with cozy seating and a digital resource center, art and music spaces, and outdoor playing fields which will also be used by the local community.

Large windows allow natural light to flood in, making classrooms bright and welcoming. The building also has a green roof. The nearly 3,000 square feet of vegetated roof reduces rainwater runoff and provides a place for students to touch and absorb science and other classroom lessons. The roof is visible from classrooms on two levels.

The School included an Economic Opportunity Plan (EOP) within the construction phase in an effort to further support the School’s commitment to equal opportunity and diversity. Now in operation, the school has several rooms available for Camden residents to use after school hours and on the weekends, including the library.

The project won the 2018 Project of the Year Award at the ACE Scholarship Breakfast.