Staff Station
2012 School Profile

Mater Lakes Academy

A Miami‐Dade County Public Charter School
17300 NW 87 Ave · Miami, FL 33018 · Tel 305‐512‐3917 · Fax 305‐512‐3708 · CEEB/ACT code: 102126
Rene Rovirosa, Principal
Francisco Jimenez, Vice‐principal


School Information
The school opened in the fall of 2006 and graduated its first senior class in the spring of 2010. The school is situated on ten acres in the City of Miami. The school is located in a middle class residential neighborhood. The geographical situation of the school is very appealing because of its proximity, major highways and Broward County. Colleges and Universities such as Miami Dade's North Campus, Miami Dade's Broward Campus, St. Thomas University and Florida International University are within short driving distances allowing our students to enroll and participate in these settings. Our school not only offers a first class educational program, but also offers a convenient and accessible campus. Mater Lakes Academy is a comprehensive middle/ high school enrolling over 1400 students in grades 6 through 12. The student body is a diverse population composed of 92% Hispanic/Latino, 5% Black, 3% White, and 1% other.

Accreditation and Membership
Mater Lakes Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and holds memberships with the College Board, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the Association of Secondary Curriculum Development.

Academic Schedule
The school's academic program is organized on a rotating block schedule. Students are assigned seven (7) credits per year as the maximum course load; students take four classes on an alternating block schedule. The composition of the school day is composed of one 60 minute class that meets everyday followed by three 90-minute block scheduled classes. Annual credit classes are year-long and semesterized courses are half the year.

Advanced Placement Program courses are offered in Art History, Art Studio, Biology, Chemistry, Physics B, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Macroeconomics, English Language, English Literature, European History, Government (United States and Comparative), American History, Psychology and World History. AP Language classes offered include French Spanish as well as Spanish Literature. Advanced Placement is an open-enrollment program.

The Scholars Program enables sophomores, juniors and/or seniors to enroll in college courses and earn college credits at local institutions of higher education. A Higher Educational Institution that works together with Mater Lakes Academy is Miami Dade College. The Scholars Program aims for students to earn an Associates of Arts degree from Miami Dade College.

The school has instituted a Pre-Advanced Placement program for its Middle Grades students. This program will give students the opportunity to experience the rigors and expectations of the Advanced Placement curriculum in preparation for High School Advanced Placement courses.

School Grades according to the Florida Schools Accountability

  2007‐2008 2008‐2009 2009‐2010 2010-2011
Mater Lakes Academy High School C B B B
Mater Lakes Academy Middle School B A A B

Grading and Ranking

A – Excellent 94 – 100 4.0
B – Above 85 – 93 3.0
C – Average 75 – 84 2.0
D – Below Average 65 – 74 1.0
F – Failure 64 or below 0.0

*District policy eliminated class rank beginning with the Class of 2009. Students rank is distinguished by their Grade Point Averages and the categories are separated by: Suma Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude.

Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculation

GPA is computed using the above quality points. Beginning with grade 9, all subjects, whether passed or failed, are included in the computation. A minimum of 24 credits is required for graduation. In addition to the required 24 credits, each student graduates with 28 credits which allow students to achieve higher GPA calculations and exceed both State and District requirements. AP and Dual Enrollment courses are weighed by two extra points and Honors classes are weighted by one extra point. Grades are recorded on the official transcript and grade point averages are computed in January and June.

Class of 2010 Testing Profile

33% of the Class of 2012 (35) took the SAT 44% of the Class of 2012 (47) took the ACT
Mean Critical Reading: 452 Mean Reading: 18
Mean Mathematics 475 Mean Mathematics: 18
Mean Writing 449 Mean Composite: 17.5

Advanced Placement Results

  • In May of 2011, 163 student took AP exams
  • In 2011, a total of 255 exams were taken in 13 subject areas.
  • In May of 2011, 36% of the AP Exams received scores of 3 or higher.

Post‐High School Placement

  • 92% matriculated to 2-year/4-year colleges and/or universities
  • 8% selected work, military service, or technical instruction

Awards and Distinctions, 2009‐2010

  • 2009-2010 Silver Knights Honorable Mention in Science Finalists
  • 2010-2011 Newsweek's America Best High School

Colleges attended by Mater Lakes Academy graduates
  • Florida International University
  • Florida State University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Central Florida
  • Barry University
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Miami Dade College
  • Broward Community College
  • St Thomas University

Contact Information:

Patricia Di Carlo, Students Services (305) 512‐3917