The first Mater school opened in 1998, just one year after the passing of charter school legislation in Florida. Over the years, Mater Academy would expand its reach to more underserved communities in Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens and Little Havana by opening additional elementary, middle and high school campuses. By 2010, Mater Academy had 14 schools serving more than 6,300 students in grades PreK-12 across Miami-Dade County. By 2015, just five year later, enrollment had more than doubled to 13,380 students throughout South and Central Florida.
Today, Mater Academy serves over 21,000 students from all socio-economic backgrounds across 42 charter schools throughout Florida and Nevada. These tuition-free schools reinforce our deeply rooted belief that at MATER, every child can excel and every child must have the opportunity to do so because every child matters.
Mater Academy schools are often recognized on a state and national level. The entity operates five National Blue Ribbon Schools.
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.
In 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.