Mater Academy Charter School

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Established August 2003
Type Charter
Principal Judith C. Marty
Students 10,000
Grades 6-12
Location Hialeah Gardens, Florida, United States
District Miami-Dade Public Schools
Campus Suburban
Colors Green & Gold
Mascot Lions
School hours 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Average class size 32
Website Mater Academy Charter Schools

Mater Academy Charter School is a charter school located in Hialeah Gardens, Florida. It opened in 2003. The school won the Silver Medal from U.S. News & World Report's America's Best High Schools two years in a row.[1][2] and College Board's 2011 Inspiration Award. In the 2008-2009 school year, the Middle, High, and Performing Arts and Entertainment Academy divisions all received an "A" rating in the state's FCAT examination.[3] Mater Academy Charter School is part of the Mater Academy network of charter schools.

Performing Arts Pavilion[edit]

The Performing Arts Pavilion, adjacent to the main campus, was completed in February 2007 and dedicated in April 2007.[4] It provides classroom and multimedia support for the main campus. The 33,000-square-foot facility has 22 conventional classrooms and a 200-seat lecture/multimedia hall that serves as a theater for small performances. The Lebron lecture hall also includes a second-level mezzanine and a back-stage loading door. The building has a total capacity of 800 and cost the school $2.00.[5] Classes such as Guitar and School band are held in the building. It is also used to host presentations by guests, such as Pitbull, faculty meetings, and administrative functions.[6] The Pavilion also includes space for lunch and vending machines.

Other building additions[edit]

A new building called the Annex has also been added. It includes an auditorium and classrooms. Then, early into the 2014-2015 school year, they opened two new buildings, one being for the Mater Academy Elementary School students. There are two lunch periods: First Lunch, and Second lunch. First Lunch includes all of the middle school students. Second Lunch includes all of the high school students which are 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders.


Mater Academy Charter High School was chosen as one of America's best for 2008 and 2009 by U.S. News & World Report.[1][2][7]


  1. ^ a b Lucia Orozco January 4, 2009 page 6NC (Neighbors) Miami Herald
  2. ^ a b Two predominantly Hispanic charter schools named among America's best high schools mber, 17, 2007 Hispanic Wire
  3. ^ FDOE Grades Site[1][2][3]
  4. ^ Miami Herald - April 29, 2007 - NW8
  5. ^ "School Designs". 
  6. ^ "Cornell and MIT Presentation Photo Gallery". 
  7. ^ U.S. News & World Report

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