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'm going on my 3rd year in the school and I'm very very happy with the school, my kids have had amazing teachers who care, educate and take their time helping them and filling their needs. The staff and administration give the kids the security they need. I'm looking forward to spending the next 9 years as a member of the MGA family.
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.
This school is amazing! I wish they would add PK! The dual-teacher model worked wonders.
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!
this school is beyond my imagination in everything, the parent-teacher communication, the physical activities, the educational level, the principle leadership, the working staff, and everyone that welcomes us with a beautiful smile. My two girls go to MGA. From the first month I noticed the good change in their personalities and learning style. The homework is enough to keep them busy and productive. This school staff members are working towards excellence.
Both my daughters go to this school and I'm so glad they will be together until my eldest is in 8th grade. I love that the principal is at the drop off area every morning opening the doors and greeting each student by their 1st name. She makes everyone feel special and welcomed. Communication between the teachers and parents is wonderful. I love this school.
Excellent principal and excellent teachers!!! The school has very high standards and everyone works hard to achieve them. My nephew loves it here. He even likes it better at MGA than the two years he attended a Montessori school.
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