Award Year: 2015

Mater Performing Arts & Entertainment Academy

7901 NW 103rd Street
Hialeah Gardens, FL, 33016-2419

(305) 828-1886

Ms. Judith Cynthia Marty, Principal at time of Nomination

Charter School, Title I School, Choice School

Miami Dade County Public Schools

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Mission

The mission of Mater Academy is to develop the intellectual and social skills of its students by facilitating a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and a wide range of educational resources within a safe learning environment. Students are expected to perform at or above grade level availing success in high school and within a global society.VisionIn collaboration with its teachers, parents, community, and administration it is the vision of Mater Academy to provide a meaningful and nurturing educational environment that promotes academic achievement for its students.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 3%
  • Hispanic: 94%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
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Mrs. Marty discussing AP portfolios with Performing Arts students.

Mrs. Marty discussing AP portfolios with Performing Arts students.

Nestled within the boundaries of a community deeply engrained in an Hispanic culture of generations past, Mater Academy of Performing Arts has become a fundamental element in the education paradigm shift of its stakeholders. Mater Performing Arts is comprised of a student population of whom the majority of families are low-income. Eighty percent of our students participate in the national free and reduced lunch program and will be first generation college attendees.

One of the biggest obstacles faced was the re-education of blue-collar households whose culture devalued the importance of a college education. Through Parent Academies, workshops, family days, and a highly motivated college assistance program adviser, we have been able to make great strides in the process. Having a 99% graduation rate and the majority of our students attending college, many leave home for the first time to attend prestigious institutions throughout the country.

Exploiting their love for the performing arts and their unwavering commitment to the many hours dedicated to visual arts, dance, vocals, theater, piano, or band rehearsals, we have been able to find a balance which emphasizes the academic challenges of a strong college-based core curriculum. It is the premise that our school is a "24/7 Institution". Our doors are never closed and academics and performances go hand in hand in a positive, nurturing culture.