Mater Academy - Lakes High School Reviews
Rating 3.94 out of 5 272 reviews
I have attended Mater Lakes Academy since 6th grade and now that I am graduating after 7 years I can truly express what it's like to have been apart of the Mater Lakes family. Mater Lakes may not be the biggest or most well-known school in Miami Dade, but everyone in mater lakes is a hard worker whose goal is to become someone special in the future. Many of us can thank Mater Lakes for molding us in this way. Although they can be strict at times, I feel like students need that push to truly test their limits, whether it be through academics or through athletics. Now through the years, I myself have joined over a dozen clubs, two sports teams, and I've even chosen to be the mascot and represent the school at big events. There is nothing bad that I can truly say about Mater Lakes that is actually worth complaining about. Overall I give it 5 stars in my book.
Mater Lakes Academy is a very good school with minuscule problems. The people here can get toxic but there are some amazing people here.
Personally, I've had a very average experience with this school. Attending all four years and being part of it since middle school, I can say that I learned everything that I needed, even if I had to take extra work to get here. From time to time, I would have a great experience in the class due to the fantastic teachers I still have contact with to this day. The most notable of the bundle would be my computer science teacher, Mr. Suraj Mirpuri. To keep it short, he is a great motivator who taught his courses well and I hope there would be more teachers like him in the future. Moving on from education, the school mostly consists of Hispanic students. I have made great connections here, and some have to do with the staff. The school through the years improved on some aspects that somewhat hindered the experience. This would include the resources offered to teachers and even assistance from the school administration.
I have been attending this school since 6th grade but in middle school. But the experience is essentially the same being that both schools are side by side. But while there are very good students and teachers in this school, something I have noticed is that they are not heavy on electives. It seems as if they want to make every student take difficult classes. While I don't mind taking super difficult classes, I know everyone has wanted to take an art class in the past before. I wish my school had more electives to help students figure out what they like. For example, a culinary class, a pottery class, a finance class, etc. There are so many options but my school wanted to stick to strictly academics. Also, I have noticed that my school barely fills quotas which leads to a minimally diverse student body. As for the STEM aspect of my school, I can say with much confidence that they definitely know what they re doing and if you like STEM this is the school for you.
What is not to like about Mater lakes academy this school allows you to show your potential in every way. They have sports for the athletic students and overall the teachers make it very easy to show how hard working a student really is. From my own experience I transferred from a public school to Mater Lakes which is a charter school, it became hard at first to deal with the work overload but it made me more organized, and attentive of what I had to do to achieve the grades I wanted.
I wouldn't recommend going to this school. Administration is terrible. It takes a like a month of calling them for an answer and they take forever to answer emails. They also tried to make me retake 2 classes that I passed. Last year I got a "C" average in pre-algebra and instead of taking algebra this year, they wanted me to retake pre-algebra. I understand that a "C" isn't the best grade but it is still a passing grade. The school's rule book does not say "If you get an average lower than a 'B' in a class then you have to retake it," so technically they can't do that. Also, I got an average of a "B" in comprehensive science but they still tried to make me retake it instead of taking physics. This school only cares about trying to keep their school average high instead of actually trying to help their students. It took me months of me and my mom fighting with the school to not make me retake classes that I PASSED. They eventually agreed to let me move up but that doesn't make it okay
I have been in Mater Lakes for 5 years. Every year the school has improvements in all aspects. The school is very college oriented and wants you to succeed in the future. The only thing I wish the school would improve on is taking crticism. When they create a system that they think is perfect that may be flawed they refuse to fix it. Other than that, the school is acutally pretty good.
Mater Academy Lakes overall is great a high school , they focus a lot on your academics making sure you are understanding and doing everything to better your education. But they are not as involved with minor sports or activities as I would like. For example they only make a big deal on baseball or basketball , closing smaller teams and clubs such as dance. They also don’t have that much spirit when it comes to spirit week or doing any other activities.
The school is fine. They are very academic therefore it isn't perse a fun school. Racial diversity is not very broad. The food is pretty good. It is an okay school.
Staff and overall school community is not the best, constant judging and are just rude to other students and each other. The Uniform policy is a bit too much, i feel we should be allowed to wear any type of jacket and shoes with our school uniform. They are very strict on how we're supposed to look upon entering school, we have to have a certain hair color and accessories as if we need to be proper students instead of just being ourselves. The time between classes is too little so students most of the time are late, we are given 5 minutes between classes but our school is small and were a lot of students so there's traffic and most kids are market late without hesitation.
What I like the most about this school is its determination to prepare you for college. It has many AP and dual enrollment opportunities and people that will help u achieve your goals. I would like to see a change however, in the quality of teachers for less advanced classes/core classes, because although most of the AP and honors teachers are quite good, others are not.
Mater Lakes is a school that makes you feel welcome and comfortable enough to branch out and discover you interests and strengths both extracurricularly and academically. The instructors contribute substantially to the high quality of the education and motivate you to succeed, eventually planting the qualities that will help you succeed on your own in the future in you.
Mater Lakes Academy is a school that is adequately equipped to provide students with abundant tools for learning and providing a foundation to enter into a college for the future.
I love my high school! The teachers are amazing at what they do and the staff are very helpful and guide students with their problems and questions about high school/college life
It's a positive environment, where I've had no problems transitioning from it's middle school to its high. Enjoyable overall experience.
My experience at Mater Lakes was unforgettable. Amazing teachers, sponsors, clubs and opportunities to learn leadership and travel for clubs.
In my 4 years at this school, i’ve had mixed emotions. All of the people i’ve met had been wonderful, majority of the teachers have been very helpful and kind, and overall academics have been very good. However, the school’s policies are a little over the top and it’s impossible to get help from administrators and counselors when you have any type of issue. There have been a handful of teachers that made it very difficult for me to learn the material and we’re even rude in the classroom. I would recommend this school to anyone who wants a challenge when it comes to classes. However, if you see looking for a welcoming and friendly environment, this is not the school for you.