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17 Feb 2022

Black History Month Pioneers:  Veronica J. Joyner, M.ED

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February 17, 2022 Category: Local Posted by:

Founder and Chief Administration Officer Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School (MCSCS)

By Tommie St. Hill

Long before Veronica Joyner started MCSCS, she was advocating and fighting for public school students to get a better education.

Joyner started her education as a teacher in the Philadelphia Public School System in 1974. During the next 10 years, she strived and fought for all the students.

In 1984, Joyner started the Parents United for Better Schools (PUBS), a non-profit, multi-racial parent advocacy corporation. PUBS now has a membership of over 20,000 parents in Philadelphia.

In 1999, as a result of her success with PUBS, Joyner received state approval to open MCSCS, where she serves as founder and CAO.MCSCS is one of the largest charter schools in Pennsylvania, with a student population of nearly 1,000 in grades one through 12. The school, located across from the Board of Education, has a 100%  graduation rate.

MCSCS is one of the most sought-after schools — public or charter — that parents want their children to attend. It  has been recognized as one of the city’s top ten schools out of more than 300 in Philadelphia.


“We [graduate] 100% of our students every year, and 97% are registered for college,” Joyner said proudly.

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