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Hialeah, FL
Students enrolled: 566

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9010 Northwest 178th Lane
Hialeah, FL 33018

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(305) 512-9775
(305) 512-3708
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September 04, 2013
Very good school! Caring teachers, caring families, good kids. My son started in Kinder and is now in 1st grade. His teachers have been excellent and he has learned so much. Love that it is a K-8 and that they have a high school.

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August 02, 2013
I really like the NEW assistant principle Mrs.Rives, she has alway been amazing. My daughter has been in this school since kindergarten and this up coming year she will be in 3rd grade and so far all the teaches have been great. Mrs. Martinez (kinder teacher which is no longer there cause she had a baby) Ms. Fernandez(first grade) amazing teacher my daughter learned a lot. Mrs. Bustillo (2nd grade) amazing teacher and very loving.

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July 29, 2013
My my children are attending this school since the school started.The teachers are excellent, they are very preoccupied and they are very easy to contact.Some of them give their personal phone in order to keep the contact with the parents. Even when they had finished the course they keep the relation with the parent and the child as well. The Cafeteria staff all of them are lovely ,they take care if the child doesn't have lunch.The security guy in the school is always couching the children to be inside the school.So far, I have always the access to contact with the Principal and the assistant Principal.They are very familiar.My children have been contacting them with stories through the email and the emails have been answered. They don't have to, but they take the time to do it. Also they care about them and as soon as I have any question it have been answered very professional.If by any chance I asked in person anything for sure I had received the answer at least by the phone. The Front desk young ladies are very helpful. They guided you all the time if you any question in the last minute.Also the janitors take the time to collect the things that they left in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent

July 23, 2013
This school is absolutely HORRIBLE. The teachers are okay but sometimes they pick on your child. My child says the school lunch is disgusting and unappetizing. One time he came back from school saying that he found a piece of hair in his spaghetti. The main lunch lady has no respect for anybody. The aftercare program is so much money for no reason. This school only wants money. My child came back with horrible books from school library and the books are in bad condition. The school administration expects you to trust students from the school with your money. The office is so unorganized. The point is this school is REALLY BAD!

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2012
The Principal it's always late and her kids never get a late pass to class, never answer a questions or e-mails. the office is disorganized. the kids from the teachers they can wear what ever they want any type of shoes,they can have bookbags with wheels, they can skip the lines in the cafeteria and nobody said anything. the principal change the teachers every year so her kids can have the best teacher every year. the cafeteria is not safe parents that dropp of f their kids in the morning in the cafeteria they dont know that they can go out of the cafeteria and nobody said anything the before care staff they always talking and they dont pay attention to the kids.The Mater Gardens Academy needs a new principal that we as parents can comunicate and let her know our worries.

- submitted by a parent

August 21, 2012
This school used to be excellent. Now it has become a BUSINESS. The class rooms are over crowded. The Office is extremely disorganized. Looking to change schools. Very disappointed. Needs a new principal. The after care program is over rated. Charging an arm and a leg!

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2012
Good school only for the teachers. The Principal it's always late and never answer a questions or e-mails. She only cares about money!! Disorganized office . The Mater Gardens Academy needs a new principal to be a great school!!!!

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May 06, 2012
"A great school has excellent teachers" but this one does not have that many great teachers, only the occasional educator seeking for a line in their resume. "Strong principal/leadership" is what is lacking at this place. It is normal to see seven or eight 12 year olds as a source of cheap/free labor at the main office. The few adults available expect you to trust minors with private information about your children. Academics is dull, plain, boring board-to-notebook approach. Phys. Ed. is overcrowded. Music class is a farse. The name of the principal appears on paper as the music teacher for some classes and some students don't even know her. At this place they intimidate parents to register children early because later there will be no place in middle or high school. In January 2012 they were looking for students at the high school, meaning elementary students do not transition to high school once parents find out about their mediocre approach. They are there just to make money and do not care about pedagogy. The principal is not available and is often late, speeding through the residential neighborhood. Parents are the ones keeping up appearances!

- submitted by a parent

October 11, 2011
28-30 kids per classroom,disorganized office, unsupervised office and teachers. Teachers have as many breaks during classes as they want, poor academic content. The principal do not care about the students at all, the leadership of the school principal is very unsatisfactory, parents will find it is almost impossible to communicate and get time from the principal. Trying to get an email response may be difficult, but much easier than a face-to-face meeting. No communication with the parents even if you scheduled a conference with her, no one call you. Very disappointed.

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2011
We have had our children in both Private schools as well as other public schools, and this school is amazing. First off the culture that is breed there is exactly what most organizations should strive for. The teachers are happy and all are aware of what is required of them. The children excel because the standards are high, but they know what is required and they get the support from the school, their teachers and other students. Most of the parents that have their kids there want them there, and know that it is not a right. They can get kicked out, and the problems usually are. AMAZING. This is what the educational system should look like.

- submitted by a parent

April 18, 2011
The school has excellent student teacher ratios which enhance the learning atmosphere. Gifted Program coming soon.

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September 23, 2010
My daughter is in this school for 5 years, is a wonderful school, teachers, address, local. Just have a problem with this school ... its parking

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November 04, 2009
I have had my son at this school for 3 years it has been a great experience. All start with the leadership of the principal and also the teaching of all the teachers.

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October 04, 2009
The teachers really care about my child's education and provide lots of feedback to the parents. They encourage parents to participate in the child's learning.

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no rating
October 04, 2009
They have the best teachers and faculty personal in any school. The tachers do a great job in teaching the students. Great job!!!

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no rating
September 10, 2009
My daughter has been attending Mater Gardens since the 2006-07 school year and I am very proud to say that this school has helped further her education. Above all, I do believe that it all starts from the administration personnel level and streams all the way up to the highly qualified group of teachers that they have working for them. My daughter has performed to her highest potential and it is all thanks to her teachers. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

July 30, 2009
i have 2 children at this school for the past 3 years and its an excellent school!!!!!

- submitted by a parent

February 01, 2009
Teachers at Matter Gerdens Academy deserve a lot of credit for making this a great academic institution. However, the leadership of the school principal is very unsatisfactory. Rather than having an open-door policy, parents will find it is almost impossible to communicate and get time from the principal. The principal's style is very hands-off when it comes to interacting with parents and listening to them. Trying to get an email response may be difficult, but much easier than a face-to-face meeting.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 27, 2009
That's the 3 year of my son at school, for my experience as a parent, you have to be on top of your child...last year was a disaster, my son was completely lost, we have a lot of problems with that teacher.....But thanks God this year change 360g. so, the good teachers are important part on your child education. The principal, I think she is doing much much better involve on childrens issues ( Believe me, I saw her look into a situation).

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September 11, 2008
This is the second year my son will be attending this school. Last year he attended their first pre-k class available and it was wonderful! The teachers and staff were the best. Parent involvement is excellent at this school. He is now in kindergarten. He has learned a lot in the past year and even began to read at the age of 4! I love this school and don't plan on chaging him any time soon.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 31, 2008
So you thing sending your child to a charter school means less students in the classroom but this is not the case at Mater Garden This year a total of 55 students were put into my child music class and not enough seats for all students surprise surprise . Sad but true poor leadership on the principal part.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 14, 2008
The principals have no leadership. They do not care about the students at all !!! No communication with the parents. Your child is only cared for, if you work for the school. The teachers have horrible judgement. P.E. is a joke. Very very disappointed.

- submitted by a parent

March 17, 2008
Teachers should have more time for kids who don't understand the subject. Aftercare should have more activies for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 25, 2008
The principals have very poor leadership skill. Looking for money, not interested in your child.

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October 29, 2007
This school offers very few extracurricular activites; and when programs are offered they are very costly. There is no support staff for children with disabilities.

- submitted by a teacher

April 13, 2007
I am very impressed with Mater Gardens Academy. The faculty and staff is energetic and completely dedicated to my child's success. I know I made the right choice in placing my child at this school. I commend the administrative team for a job well done!

- submitted by a parent

April 05, 2007
I am very happy with this school, the level of academic is high. Parents are very involved.

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March 28, 2007
Great school. Top Quality academic programs and teachers. My child is so happy to be at this school and I praise the way they promote parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent

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Mater Gardens Academy
9010 Northwest 178th Lane, Hialeah, FL  33018
(305) 512-9775
Last modified Mater Gardens Academy is a Charter school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mater Gardens Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top