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Mater Gardens Academy

Charter | PK-5 | 619 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
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Posted September 4, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 18, 2011

The school has excellent student teacher ratios which enhance the learning atmosphere. Gifted Program coming soon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

They have the best teachers and faculty personal in any school. The tachers do a great job in teaching the students. Great job!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted July 30, 2009

i have 2 children at this school for the past 3 years and its an excellent school!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 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


Posted 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).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
64%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
82%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 92% 29%
White 5% 42%
Black 2% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian N/A 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 78%58%61%
Master's degree 22%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 9%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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9010 NW 178th Ln
Hialeah, FL 33018
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Phone: (305) 512-9775

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