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Mater Academy Lakes Middle School

Charter | 6-8 | 798 students

 

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Posted June 8, 2014

This school is very good the teachers push the students to there best its short and simple if you think you should go then go and if not then thats your decision but be prepared because this school is hard and pushes you to your best.


Posted August 22, 2013

So far the school the has been average, but yet it is the first week of school, my kids love there teachers and there classes.. I'm writing this review to let everyone know and update as the school year goes by, so far so good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2013

Don't walk RUN from this terrible school. It's a typical charter that care only about $$$. Last yr the 8th grade class dance was canceled at the last minute. No true gifted program and your child will have to drop his gifted category from miami dade. Also a total disconnect from the office to the portables of the middle school, which is a huge concern. Teacher complain all the time of not getting correct info from office. Principal is super low class and no PTSA ever available to help. School also lost my sons money for yr book. They charge high fees for sport and then need to walk 10 blocks to PSN for practice lol. Make the 5 minute drive and change to Jose Mast Academy or Bob Gram
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2012

this school stinks seriously. the sixth graders are stuffed into a long portable with half the 7th grade population and a few 8th grade classes equaling in horrible traffic were some one with clausto phobia can easly freak out, there is no cafeteria just a big tent, then the pe students must walk a 3 minute walk, plus the 2 muinites it takes to get through traffic, you barrley make it, then it is to a class room to change with the next door class, were the teracher is not pleasent, and are forced to wait outside wile the boys change! overal i fled to another !!!!!!!


Posted February 10, 2012

I WAS going to send my child to this school but I couldn't get anyone on the phone to get information. Looks like that was a blessing in disguise.


Posted February 9, 2012

the communication between teachers and parents is non existent! if you ask to speak to the Principal she is never available to speak to you as a parent! The teachers do little to motivate the students and are not very flexible in the approach they take with the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2011

I think Mater lakes academy is an average school . They don't have the best teahcers there, nor the worst either. If i had to recommend any school it would be Bob Graham Education Center Hialeah Gardens Middle school or Mater academy. when you call the school , they never pick up either, send you're child to one of the schools recommended,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2011

Why doesn't anyone ever answer the telephone(s) at this school? I have called there over the years and dial every extension from the office to administration to the cafeteria! I find this to be a hazard, what if there is an emergency????


Posted October 12, 2010

I love because its first comminment is that the Kids Learn. They constantly fight very hard to give the students the best education they can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

I love Mater Lakes Middle because it is a small environment school. The number of kids in each grade are less and this helps the kids have a more on one to one basis with their teachers. Also, the education level is much higher than a regular public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2010

Ms. Or Mr. be realistic, the school is not amazing, could do better and probably will during the next couple of years. For me is avove the average, not amazing - unless you use another country as reference.... thats another story. Compare apple with apple.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2010

There isn't as many extracurricular activities as there should be. The FCAT peprally was terrible! Eevn though Power 96 was there, it did NOTHING AT ALL to motivate students to do well on the FCAT and was for a maximum of 15 minutes. Not even the cheerleaders performed! All they did was sit down and listen to some girl who dressed like a boy. What message is this sending out to our children? Be a boy if your a girl? This school is very disorganized: My child did not get a barcode on her student ID and the office did nothing to fix it. Also, sixth graders do not change classes or have electives. This isn't fair. But overall the school is clean, but they need mre PE equipment. The cafeteria is fairly big & staff is very friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2009

This is school is not like many other schools, It is great! The teachers are excellent, The students are very bright, The princible is amazing. I recomend this school for anybody !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2009

Awesome! There is no other school like this one! Sure, they don't get electives in middle school, and the direction of the main office is terrible, but you can live!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2009

My daughter just entered this year for junior high and she loved it! Very exceptinal. The only thing that I don't like is the office. It is run by a few high school girls doing community service and they don't tell me as much as a proffesional employee would direct me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2009

This is a great school! It is very, very small making it better. Everyone gets along, there are a lot of extracurricular activities and sports, the principal is absolutely amazing, the teachers are great, and we get very high FCAT scores. Very safe and everyone knows everyone. A lot of good talent around the school as well. Definitely recommend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 31, 2008

i lovew this school because i go there. the teachers put such a great effort. learning there is the best thing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 11, 2007

Kids can be thereselves in this school. The principal interacts with the students he's hilarious.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 21, 2007

It is the best school for kids it is really academic. And it is really safe and has a friendly environment. And helpful staff members.
—Submitted by a student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 53% in 2014.

294 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

294 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
75%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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 56% in 2014.

240 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

241 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
63%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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 47% in 2014.

161 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

255 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
46%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

191 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
42%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

256 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
88%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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 78% in 2012.

194 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
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 "B".
  • 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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
83%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC 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 Algebra 1 EOC 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 92%
White 4%
Black 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 43%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 75%N/AN/A
Female 57%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 63%58%61%
Master's degree 33%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 4%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • MR. FRANK JIMENEZ
Fax number
  • (305) 512-3912

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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17300 Northwest 87th Avenue
Hialeah, FL 33015
Phone: (305) 512-3917

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