Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders | PETER LANGER
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Fellow Profiles

School Type


Grade Levels

9 – 10

Student Enrollment



Hunting Park


B.A. History,
University of Notre Dame


Certificate in School Administration,
Relay Graduate School of Education

Peter Langer

Principal, Mastery Charter Simon Gratz – Lower School
Mastery Charter Schools
2018 Neubauer Fellow

“I serve as a principal because I believe every student in Philadelphia deserves an outstanding education. I became a Neubauer Fellow because I hope to learn new skills to improve my leadership so all students can receive that outstanding education.”

Peter has served as the principal of Mastery Charter Simon Gratz – Lower School since 2012. Under Peter’s leadership, Gratz was the third highest rated comprehensive, open-enrollment high school in Philadelphia according to Pennsylvania’s 2015-2016 School Performance Profile. In 2013-2014, Gratz achieved the largest increase of any Philadelphia school on Pennsylvania’s school rating system. From 2011 to 2018, the school doubled Keystone proficiency rates in algebra, biology, and literature, and increased student attendance from 77% to 90%. These are tremendous gains considering that the school was one of the lowest rated schools in the city and was on Pennsylvania’s persistently dangerous school list in 2010-11, prior to Peter’s arrival.


Peter has been an educator since 2004. Prior to becoming a principal, Peter served as a middle school math and science teacher and assistant principal. Peter grew up in Buffalo, New York.

2018 Neubauer Fellows Page