Mater Academy East, a public charter school, has been serving the Little Havana community in Miami, FL. for over a decade by providing the children in the area with the highest level of quality education. Mater Academy East strives not only to hold its students to high academic standards but also to foster a nurturing school environment and focus on character development. Throughout the years while serving Kindergarten through 5th-grade students, Mater Academy East has garnered a number of prestigious awards and accomplishments that are a testament to the hard work of its staff and administration.
Mater Academy East was awarded an "A" for the 15th consecutive year. Mater Academy East has prided itself on consistently being amongst the highest performing schools, not only in its district but in the entire state of Florida. They have scored amongst the highest in their district in the FSA math, FCAT science, FSA reading, and writing assessments. Due to these scores, the Superintendent of Miami-Dade County bestowed the "Platinum" award on them for three consecutive years. This is also the second time that Mater Academy East has been designated as a Florida Title I Distinguished School. Amongst all of its accomplishments, being a two-time recipient of the National Blue Ribbon Award from the United States Department of Education is at the very top. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Every year the U. S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools, schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels. In 2010, Mater Academy East was awarded the National Blue Ribbon for the first time. This particular award was for closing the achievement gap among low-income and minority children. In 2019, Mater Academy East received the National Blue Ribbon for the second time. The school received this most recent award for being an Exemplary High Performing Charter School. Mater Academy East was one of only 267 Elementary schools in 2019 to receive this prestigious award. Mater Academy East is very proud of its accomplishments and is poised to continue its success in the future.
Mater Academy East continuously participates in various community service projects and fundraisers with organizations such as Amigos for Kids, The American Heart Association, Publix Supermarkets, and McDonald's. Students also continue to participate in clubs and team sports including the Chess Club, the Cooking Club (partnership with Common Threads), Science Club, and Art Club. Students also participate in school-based productions such the Hispanic Heritage Festival, Holiday Show, Student Live Art Auction Event, and the End of the Year Show.