Mac is what you put into it. Pros. Many young enthusiastic teachers who still enjoy teaching and are supportive. Kids from all over the county come here and my child says she loves the diversity of race, economics, and so many creativity and being different is a good thing. Mostly girls but do not here of the typical middle school girl mean girl syndrome. Like life you child will learn to pick the appropriate friends. For all families this is a choice school. This requires a family commitment. Now for the academics. It is nota cookies cutter dade county presented curriculum being a charter school. the children frequently do projects or group interactive activites to explore the material. I do believe self motivation is important at MAC. If your child is not motivated to learn they can get lazy. Make sure you communicate with their teachers and set up a face to face if you run into any problems. communication is not always fast so you may have to follow up. My child is happy here and is developing in her art and intellectually, but education is not a sideline sport. We as parents always have to be in the game. Good luck.
Most teachers have favorites or they indirectly compare students to each others. Most teachers also give out too many passing grades. It's not really fair to have the same grade as someone else that put in less work.
The teaching staff changed frequently. The school did not have text books or electronic learning devices as an alternative to text books. The administrative staff appeared to focus on making a profit at the expense of the students. What a disappointment. This school reflects badly on Charter Schools.
This school was possibly the worse school I've gone to. Being in the music department I was really disappointing to find that because I had a high level in my field I was required to "help" -meaning teach- the kids with less knowledge of their instrument, which would have been okay if it was only once or twice but not all year long. They don't bother in actually hiring a teacher besides Mr. Djurich, who cannot possibly do it all by himself and who sometimes gets in moods and throws chairs around the room or screams his lungs out at anyone in his way (A teacher DOES NOT EVER do this to his students). The level or care towards the learning of the kids is close to none, the kids will only learn the music that the teachers have chosen for the concert, leaving out: music theory (vital in the music Kid, especially when working with elementary/middle/high school kids), music history, private lessons, amongst other EXTREMELY necessary classes to advance musically properly.
There is zero tolerance for kids who struggle with their instruments due to not having a teacher, they are just toss aside and told to not play the day of the concert because they "didn't prepare" enough, being this the most absurd way of saying "I did not teach you anything this year".
Being in this school for two years, I can say I would NEVER provide my kids with such a mediocre school.
I am a former student of MAC. I left this school due to the poor academics. I jumped around between 3 art programs before settling in dance. The Dance program and Theater program seemed to be the most professional teachings a teacher at this school could give. I still have a plethora of friends that attend the school. That tell me it has been the same since it had began. One thing that school does not lack are motivated teachers. This school is gull of them. Who are eager to teach. I have never saw a fight or heard of when attending this school. When I left and went to another I was not prepared for violent gang activity that almost every puplic school has. This school needs a new principal who can lead the administration in the correct direction. In my opinion Ms.Torres should take initative. She'd be perfect for the job. Overall this school taught me a lot. I made amazing friends, ate great food, learned a lot and never got stressed, and I had amazing performances. This school is self for students. Probably one of the best schools in Miami.