After reading a few negative comments on here, I thought to myself that I would be doing a disservice to my kids' teachers and school if I didn't review them. First, I would like to say that "the Secretary" as everyone likes to refer to her (including her daughter), is an asset to MGA. She's courteous and when asked about anything school related, she is always very helpful and knowledgeable. Ms. Gonzalez, the principal, is incredibly accessible and when speaking to her, you can tell right away that she loves what she does and that MGA is her life. She's always looking to improve the school, which has grown tremendously over the last year. I understand that charter schools have teachers who may be ESE certified, but I also know that if I had a child with a severe disability (learning or otherwise), I would get them into a specialized school that would accommodate them. My kids and I are very happy with the school and their teachers. This is the closest you'll get to a private school setting, without having to pay astronomical tuition fees. The school may not be perfect, but it is perfect for us and we are very happy to be a part of the MGA family!
I'm the daughter of "the secretary" & have been privy to the inner workings of this charter school "business" for all 3 yrs. I also just withdrew my son (5th grade). His grades & behavior have worsened progressively with each passing year. The larger class sizes have contributed. When a teacher, who has had a student in her class for 2 consecutive school yrs, does not know how to spell a student's name (common name & spelling), she clearly has too much on her plate. Additionally, the nepotism for staff children was out of hand, & I say that with my son as a recipient! There were no repercussions for my son's poor performance or behavior in the school, being continuously rewarded instead. Ultimately, we withdrew him because of the way Academica (school's parent company) openly discriminates against disabled students by using loopholes like not employing school counselors in order to deny admission or support to special needs children, be it a severe disability or just dyslexia. Our 2 yr old is disabled and we push her every day to look passed her limitations & we could not keep sending our son to a school openly telling people that children with limitations have less worth.
It's funny how some people when things don't go "their way" trash the school and the staff that cared for their child. Obviously teachers, staff, and the administration OF ANY school CAN NOT cater or make everyone happy. We as parents have lost total respect for those who teach and care for our children 7-8 hours a day, 5 days a week. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this school. Ms. Elisa "the secretary" is a nurturing person whom puts the kids before anyone else treats parents with respect and appreciates being respected! And Ms. Gonzalez is a great principal who's best interests are the kids and her school. No school is perfect, if perfection is what you are looking for I suggest to homeschool!
The school's grading performance speaks for itself no need to point fingers! 40 kids per class not working!!!!
I definitely do not recommend this school. in the administration is a total mess. The secretary is a person who can not treat parents and teachers! The Principal requires much experience and professionalism.
Mater Grove Academy is a school that if you have a child that has any issues such as ADHD. Don't even think about sending your child to this school. The teachers are very good and the staff is awesome. But the Principal needs more training in her position. While in this school my son was diagnosed with ADHD and not withstanding I was a very involved mom, constantly communicating with the teachers and the principal. My son was not provided with any support and they ended up kicking him out of the school even though he received honor roll the 3rd and 4th quarter in addition he received the award of most improved. In conclusion he demonstrated that he has the ability to excel but his disability was limiting his abilities. If you have a child with any disability don't send them to this school. I feel they thought he would not help the FCAT grades for 3rd grade. Otherwise you have a private school setting at a public school price. Good Luck. I'm glad I removed him because I had a friend who had to transfer her son because he was below average. The school was focusing too much in extra activities which are important but everything in excess is bad.
This is my child's first year at Mater Grove and, thus far, I can tell you that my wife and I are completely overjoyed with the school. The principal and her staff are very involved and caring. Moreover, our child is demonstrating a thirst for knowledge and learning that she has never exhibited before. Once again, I attribute this to the loving and nurturing staff at Mater Grove. I would highly recommend this school to any parent who's concerned with his or her child's education and well being. Kudos!
My school is Mater Grove Academy. it is our first year there and this far we are very pleased with the school. As all school they can use all the extra funds they can get. The teachers there are all engaged in teaching a paycheck is a plus to them and this is some thing you can see just by the efforts they put in the the school and the children.
I feel very fortunate that my children attend this school, for me it is very important to the environment in which my children grow, the teachers are amazing, very professional, always attends the children and parents, and she knows all parents!, in general all the staff working here is very good. Academically my kids do very well, they love school and do not want to miss any school day. PALS association have many activities for parents and children. I'm so happy to belong to this community.
Mater Grove Academy is an awesome school. It is small, everybody knows everybody, the groups remain together thru the years, parents are very involved, teachers are excellent and loving with the kids. My daughter started kindergarten last year and my son will start next year. We love the school and recommend it to all my friends with kids that are looking for an elementary school in the area.
This is my daughters second year in this school and I absolutely love it. It's a small school so you get to know all the parents and teacher in your child's class. I love that we are always kept in the loop as to what they are doing in class, we are constantly volunteering to help out which is something I love to do. The staff is amazing, my daughter loves the school lunch, and the teachers are awesome.
We have peace of mind knowing that our children are in a positive school environment. The principal greets the children by name every morning at drop off. She is very hands on in all activities and has an open door policy. We are very satisfied with the academics, and the school requires parent involvement which is key to a child's academic success. Besides academics being strong, the school has many activities to engage the children in different aspects such as field trips, Multicultural day, Reading under the stars, Holiday Show, Valentine's dance, amongst other events.
Mater Grove Academy is a Great School! It is the 3 year for my children attending this school and they love it. Principal is a great leader very helpful and friendly. She takes the time to listen to the parents. Teachers/staff are wonderful and caring. Teachers work with each student individually depending how they learn and work closely with the parents. School security is great. School has a very positive atmosphere. Parent involvement is extraordinary. We are like a big family. For me MGA is the best!
Amazing school, incredible principal and outstanding teachers. My child was in a Montessori school prior and her progress improved significantly with the first half of her first year here.
The first year this school opened to the public (2011) it was great: Good academic level, busy but nor overcrowded classes, great teachers and principal. We were all really happy. But in 2012 a dramatic change drastically impacted the school academic standards: even though teachers and principal were the same, the number of kids in each class almost doubled. Even with 2 teachers per class it's impossible to give to the 40 kids per room the education they deserve.
The buildings are old and shared with the Boys and Girls Club. The classes are too crowded, up to 40 children per room, even with two teachers, the noise level is unbearable. On top of that, some rooms are separated by fake walls so the sounds from adjacent room bleeds in. Very distracting for children and annoying for teachers. At lunch time, there are a few classes together, somewhere between 50 and 60 kids under the supervision of the security guy and the cleaning lady. No teachers are checking the children during this time. The Principal is really nice and kind, always willing to meet with parents, but lacks leadership and authority. After the State Tests (SAT, FCAT, etc), all curricular activities ceased completely, our child was completely bored and had no homework for about a month. There is no special track for children with above-average learning skills, our child had to sit through days and weeks of stuff already known. I can't recommend it.
I have two kids in the school. They have both attended private schools in the past. I can honestly say that the education is better. The teachers are caring and attentive. The principal is involved and knows all the kids by name. The curriculum is challenging. My kids lacked confidence before; at this school they have blossomed. We are very happy.
My daughter attended for 3rd grade and did well however the classes are completely mixed with all levels. Her classroom consisted of children who could barely read to kids that were previously in gifted classes. Unfortunately for my child, the teacher spent most of her time on the lower performing students. My daughter complained that she was doing work she had done in 1st grade at her previous school. I really bought into the all the promises the schools administration made to us at the beginning of the school year but they really let me and my child down. As for the after school "care" program through the Boys and girls, yes it is really affordable but there is no "care"! The kids are running around all over with hardly any supervision and on more than one occasion I had a family member go pick her up for the first time ad none of them were ever asked for an ID. Can anyone just walk in there and grab a kid? I pulled my daughter out after she finished 3rd grade and I would never recommend this school to anyone.
School needs to concentrate more on performance rather than all the extra activities. Too many kids flunked their FCAT. Less field trips, more curriculum.
My daughter currently attends Mater Grove in Kinder and we are extremely happy with the results. The teachers and principal are wonderful. They always have an open door, always available when you need them. The staff is very friendly, from the office secretary to the art teacher. Have lots of activities. Cant say enough good things about this school!
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