F.A.Q.

Mater Grove Academy is proud to be a part of the City of Miami community. In the spirit of communicating openly and providing you with as many facts as possible, we have prepared this FAQ sheet and hope that you find it informative and helpful.  Please feel free to contact us at info@matergroveacademy.com if you have further questions.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is a charter school?

For more than 14 years, charter schools have been a vital part of Florida’s public education system and now serve more than 150,000 K–12 grade students at over 400 schools.  Charter schools are public schools governed by non-profit organizations that have a contract or “charter” with a local public school district to provide tuition-free educational services. Charter schools are attended by choice and have the freedom to implement innovative educational programs in exchange for being held accountable for student achievement and financial practices.

 

What is Mater Academy, Inc.?

Mater Academy, Inc. is a high-performing, nationally recognized charter school network run by a volunteer governing board made up of local community and business leaders. Other Mater Academy schools include Mater Academy East, a 2010 National Blue Ribbon school and Mater Academy Middle / High (Hialeah Gardens), designated as one of the nation’s best high schools by Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report magazines.  Visit www.materacademy.com for more information.

What is Mater Grove Academy?

Mater Grove Academy is a tuition-free, public charter school scheduled to open in August 2011 at the Boys & Girls Club of Miami, 2805 SW 32nd Avenue. Public charter schools are attended by choice, therefore no student will be assigned to attend this school.

Mater Grove will offer a complete college preparatory curriculum to approximately 200 students from Kindergarten to 5th grade this year, and in the future, Kindergarten to 8th grade.  Mater Grove joins Mater East Academy and Mater East Academy Charter Middle / High School in serving the residents of the City of Miami.

What role will the Boys & Girls Club of Miami play at the school?

Mater Grove is leasing classroom facilities from the Boys & Girls Club of Miami that are currently not being used during the day. The Boys & Girls Club of Miami will continue to provide after school programs. This is a wonderful partnership which benefits the community directly; Mater Grove utilizes existing, student-ready classrooms allowing the Boys & Girls Club of Miami to further serve the community.

What type of curriculum will Mater Grove have?

The academic program at Mater Grove will focus on clear and measurable expectations for student learning and covers the main subject areas of Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science.

Mater Grove will also offer classes in Spanish, Art, Music and Physical Education. Students at Mater Grove will participate in all state-wide assessment programs including the state standardized assessment (FCAT) and other school based assessments to measure academic progress and mastery of various subject areas. Like district public schools, charter schools are required to hire state- certified teachers and must also comply with state class size mandates.

 

Do Charter Schools take money away from traditional public schools?

No. Charter schools are public schools. When a child attends a charter school, state funding follows that child. This benefits the public school system by instilling a sense of accountability regarding its fiscal obligations and the services it provides to students, parents and the community.

 

When will the enrollment process begin?

If you are interested in enrolling your child at Mater Grove for the 2011-2012 school year, please fill out a  registration form (available online).

 

How significant will the increase in traffic be to the neighborhood?

Morning drop off and afternoon pick up will flow in and out from a new entrance on 31st Avenue.  This will allow for a more efficient flow of vehicles and avoid the use of 32nd Avenue.

A circular driveway with approximately 535 feet of on-site queuing will be created — allowing for the continuous movement of vehicles through the site during times of arrival and dismissal.  Mater Grove will operate with three staggered arrival and dismissal times in order to minimize traffic impact by eliminating vehicle stacking and overlap.