• Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Mar 12, 2020
  • Category: Academy, News
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COVID-19 Update

We are actively monitoring the new outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and continue to take measures to protect the health and safety of our school communities.

We are following the guidance latest state departments and local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on prevention and mitigation.
This is a rapidly evolving situation, we will provide updates as they become available, including guidance in the event of school closures.
Health and welfare of our students, staff and the school community is our primary concern. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
According to the place where you have traveled, you will be asked to stay at home for a period of 14 days from the time they left an area with widespread community spread.
Please check on Travel Report Protocol School
CDC Travel Information
We are prepared to minimize disruption to learning, where officials ordered the closure of schools.
To ensure the continued education of students, we are prepared to implement remote learning operations (virtual), including delivery of online content and digital resources.
Teachers and students will use communication tools and technology for virtual education without interruption. Students attend classes from home and receive live instruction from their current teachers.
Has shared a brief survey to learn more about their access to technology and Internet connectivity, we ask you to complete as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

Estamos monitoreando activamente el nuevo brote de coronavirus (COVID-19) y continuamos tomando medidas para proteger la salud y la seguridad de nuestras comunidades escolares.
Estamos siguiendo la guía más reciente de los departamentos de salud locales y estatales, y los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) sobre medidas de prevención y mitigación.
Esta es una situación en rápida evolución, proporcionaremos actualizaciones a medida que estén disponibles, incluyendo orientación en caso de cierre de escuelas.
La salud y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes, empleados y la comunidad escolar es nuestra principal preocupación. Gracias por su comprensión y apoyo continuo.
Según el lugar a donde haya viajado, se le pedirá que se quede en su casa por un periodo de 14 días, a partir del momento en que se fue de un área con propagación comunitaria generalizada.
CDC Informacion Para Viajeros
Estamos preparados para minimizar la interrupción al aprendizaje, en caso de que funcionarios ordenen el cierre de escuelas.
Para garantizar que la educación de los estudiantes continúe, estamos preparados para implementar operaciones de aprendizaje remoto (virtuales), incluyendo la entrega de contenido en línea y recursos digitales.
Los maestros y los estudiantes utilizarán herramientas de comunicación y tecnología para educación virtual sin interrupciones. Los estudiantes asistirán a clases desde casa y recibirán instrucción en vivo de sus maestros actuales.
Se ha compartido una breve encuesta para obtener más información sobre su acceso a la tecnología y la conectividad a Internet, le pedimos que la complete lo antes posible, si aún no lo ha hecho.

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Feb 26, 2020
  • Category: Academy

COHEA Career & Collegiate Academy Earns National STEM Certification from COGNIA

Hialeah, Florida (February 19, 2020) – COHEA Career and Collegiate Academy has earned the National Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) certification by Cognia. The school-improvement, assessment, and certification organization Cognia recognizes organizations that provide quality STEM programs and implement student-directed learning environments.

“COHEA’s cutting-edge, career-oriented curriculum focuses on public service while preparing students for the real world,” explained Principal Carlos O. Alvarez. “This certification demonstrates our commitment to delivering a high-quality STEM education to all of our students.”

The Cognia STEM certification process is carried out by highly qualified reviewers who examine the school or program’s adherence and commitment to the research-aligned Cognia STEM standards and indicators. COHEA exceeded expectations in six out of the eleven indicators evaluated by the Cognia team, which they call “Powerful Practices.” These practices include supporting a variety of student populations; providing inquiry-based learning environments; empowering self-directed learning experiences; focusing on real-world applications and community; preparing students for post-secondary and workforce readiness; and active involvement of all stakeholders.

Students at COHEA are given opportunities to work collaboratively and independently through inquiry-based lessons in their core-classes and academies, which include a Fire Fighter Academy, Allied Health Professionals Academy, Criminal Justice Academy, Mass Communications Academy, Collegiate Academy, and Law & Legal Academy.

COHEA is now part of a prestigious network of Cognia STEM Certified schools and will continue to build upon the success of the STEM program with the implementation of a Nursing Academy next year.


COHEA Career and Collegiate Academy offers a cutting-edge, 6-12th grade seamless college preparatory and STEM influenced curriculum with an emphasis on emergency

response, health, and law enforcement careers. Located on a college-style campus, the school features a technology-rich environment where highly-qualified, certified instructors prepare students for employment within a multilingual work environment. COHEA is committed to setting an environment that strives for academic achievement, develops character and maintains the goal of preparing students to serve and give back to their community in the field of public service. COHEA has been nationally recognized by Newsweek Magazine, was named U.S. News and World Report’s BEST High Schools Silver Award, and was ranked on The Daily Beast’s 2014 list of top high schools in the U.S. Due to the school’s high level of free/ reduced lunches, the school was also ranked among the most transformative schools in the country. COHEA is an “A” school under the State of Florida Accountability Program and is fully accredited by AdvancED under the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS-CASI) division.

Cognia has the knowledge to help schools improve. Cognia offers accreditation and certification, assessment, professional services and consulting within a framework of continuous improvement. The result of the merger of AdvancED and Measured Progress, Cognia was formed to bridge the gap between school evaluation and student assessment. As a global nonprofit working in over 80 countries, our 36,000 institutions serve and support nearly 25 million students and 5 million educators every day. Cognia is an undeniable force for enhancing schools, engaging students, and driving better outcomes for all. Find out more at cognia.org.

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Mar 21, 2019
  • Category: Academy
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Student Onelio Rios from Mater Academy Charter Middle/High School was recognized at the Miami Heat Game and was awarded a Carnival Cruise Lines Scholarship

Onelio Rios is a senior at Mater Academy Charter Middle/High School and currently has 3.9 GPA, and is a dual enrollment student.  This student-athlete plays Varsity Football, Varsity Volleyball and Track and Field.  He has been accepted to the University of West Florida on scholarship and will be playing football.

Onelio was recognized at the March 15, 2019 Miami Heat Game and was awarded a Carnival Cruise Lines Scholarship for mentoring and serving the youth of our community.  This academic award will go to the college of his choice for the next 5 years. Congratulations to Mr. Rios and much success in the future!

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Apr 26, 2018
  • Category: Academy

Jazz Roots: Sound Check Brings Students from Mater Lakes Academy Behind The Scenes Of Chucho Valdés Show

Article by WLRN

Apr 23, 2018

Link: http://wlrn.org/post/jazz-roots-sound-check-brings-students-behind-scenes-chucho-vald-s-show

Hours before legendary Cuban jazz musician Chucho Valdés and Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo performed at the Adrienne Arsht Center,  a group of Miami-Dade County high school musicians got to have an exclusive preview of the show. 

Some 150 students filed into the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall where Chucho Valdés and his band, the Afro-Cuban Messengers, were busy rehearsing for their show later in the evening. The young performers also got time to ask questions of all the musicians as part of the Jazz Roots program. 

Jazz Roots is a jazz curation program at the Arsht center. It performed the last show of its 10th season on Friday, April 20 by spotlighting Latin jazz. Each season of Jazz Roots is a six-part series taking place from November to April and highlighting a different type of jazz music.

“When we formed this series, we wanted to create it in a way that it also spoke to the community and educated our young audiences,” said Jairo Ontiveros, Arsht Center’s assistant vice president for education and community engagement. “They work with the artist, have a Q&A with them. They have a lecture with the type of music they’re going to hear for the evening, and they get free tickets to the concert as well.”

Jose Valdez, a 10th grader from Mater Lakes Academy, plays the trumpet in his school band and is also a DJ. Though he had been unfamiliar with music by Chucho Valdés’s, he now wants to learn more.

“I love the Afro-Cuban style and everything it comes with. It brings culture back,” he said. “I’ve never listened to Chucho Valdés before, but after today I’m sure going to go home and download all of his music.”

In reaction to the concept of youth engagement with established jazz musicians, Chucho Valdés drew upon his memories of being inspired in his youth by meeting Nat King Cole, with whom his father was close friends.

“I was 16 years old and I played for him, too,” he said. “[Nat King Cole] said to my papa, ‘Oh, Chucho may become a great piano player,’ and I was very happy.”

Chucho Valdés now has six Grammy awards and three Latin Grammy awards under his belt. He said he will soon release new Afro-Cuban music with a symphony orchestra.

Images Credit: Danny Hwang

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Mater Lakes Academy Qualify Eight Students for Nationals

Miami, FL, Monday, April 23, 2018 – Mater Lakes Academy had fourty-two students that competed at the Future Business Leaders of America’s State Leadership Conference.  The FBLA SLC was held March 15th – 18th in Orlando.

“The students spent several weeks preparing for their state competition especially the students that had not competed before,” said Mr. Giovanni Lorenzo, FBLA Sponsor.

This is the first time that Mater Lakes Academy has had eight students qualify during the State Leadership Conference to attend the National Competition. Katheryn Kalouf, Isabella Milanes, and Rosa Aleman placed in first in the E-Business category.  Simon Kato, Derek Velez, and Natalie Lopez, placed in second place in Mobile Application Design.  Octavio Calvo placed 5th in Global Business category and Maria Reyes placed fifth in Insurance and Risk Management.

FBLA members will compete at the National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, Maryland from June 28th – July 1st.  This four-day conference is the highest level of competition for FBLA members. FBLA will have created partnerships with industry leaders to design and judge their competitive events.  Students achieving national ranking can earn scholarships through FBLA and their partners.

“It is amazing what our students have been able to accomplish over the years, it seems like each year we have more and more students qualify,” said Mr. Rene Rovirosa, Principal.

Mater Lakes Academy is a Miami-Dade County Public Charter School, with students enrolled in 6th – 12th grade.  Mater Lakes Academy has been open since the 2006-2007 academic school year, and is currently in its 12th year under the direction of Principal Rene F. Rovirosa, and is an A school for both the middle school and the high school.  For more information, visit the school’s website at www.materlakes.org.


Mrs. Alice Martinez
Mater Lakes Academy
Phone:  (305) 698-8000
Fax:  (305) 698-1800


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  • Posted by: admin
  • Posted On: Jan 23, 2018
  • Category: Academy, News
Christopher Collot

Parent Christopher Collot from Mater Academy Elementary won first place at the Excellence in Education Foundation competition.

Congratulations to parent Christopher Collot from Mater Academy Elementary. He is the winner of the Excellence in Education Foundation competition.
Christopher shares his story about how having the power to choose the best educational opportunity to meet his needs, as well as his child’s needs, made a difference for his family.


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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Dec 14, 2017
  • Category: Academy, News
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Congratulations to Parent Christopher Collot from Mater Academy Elementary

We congratulate and support Christopher Collot, a parent from Mater Academy Elementary participating on the Choices in Education Video Competition 2017 


Vote Now for Christopher Collot, Parent from Mater Academy Elementary

Help select the People’s Choice Winners!

We want your input. Vote for your favorite among the 15 competition finalists. The two videos that receive the most votes will win the People’s Choice award and $5,000.

Scroll down to watch the videos from the 15 finalists and hear their moving stories of how school choice has made a difference in lives coast-to-coast. You can only vote once so make it count!

How does the voting process work?

  1. Select up to three favorite videos by clicking on the “Vote for this Video” checkbox. You can only vote once, so be sure these are your favorites.
  2. Enter your email address at the bottom of the page.
  3. Click the “Vote” button.

It’s that easy!



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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Oct 2, 2017
  • Category: Academy
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Mater Lakes Academy Starts the EMT Program with Barry University

Miami, FL, Wednesday, September 27, 2017 – Mater Lakes Academy began a Health Services Academy five years ago, with two Health Services classes.  The students enrolled in the class would become CPR and First Response trained, under the direction of firefighters: Christopher Wydra, Hialeah Fire Department, and Nicolas Wydra and Ron Piel, Miramar Fire Department.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held today for the program and was attended by, State Representative Manny Diaz, Jr., Mayor Manny Cid and Councilman Nelson Rodriguez, Town of Miami Lakes, as well as members of the City of Hialeah and City of Miramar Fire Departments, and Dr. Dwight Bernard of Miami-Dade County Public Schools Charter School Operations.  The honor of cutting the ceremonial ribbon was given to State Representative, Manny Diaz, Jr.

Over the years the program grew from two classes to seven the following year, and enrollment continue to grow has now expanded two not just health science classes, but to Emergency Medical Response, and now the Emergency Medical Technician program.  “Our classes were growing and we felt this is the time in which we needed to give the children an opportunity to advance and be exposed to careers in the medical field, whether it be careers in public service or in the medical field,” said Christopher Wydra, EMT Instructor and Hialeah Firefighter.

This year Mater Lakes Academy has seventeen seniors who are the first EMT class of the school and the first public charter school in the county.  In order for the students to be enrolled in the EMT program they have to have taken and passed the National Emergency Medical Responder’s exam over the summer. 

During the school year, they will be taking EMT courses in high school and will receive Dual Enrollment credits from Barry University and once they pass the Emergency Medical Technician’s exam they can become a licensed EMT and can apply directly to Fire Schools and apply for jobs as Paramedics.

 “I want to become a trauma surgeon and I feel this program exposes me to aspects of my future career.  I love the atmosphere of the class and the opportunities we are being provided,” said Ashley Zuniga.  “I want to work in the medical field as well and this class has given me a glimpse of careers available.  What I most enjoy about the class is that we are like a family.  The teachers are amazing and are so knowledgeable and they bring a real world touch with their experiences in the class,” said Emilia Rodriguez.

Mater Lakes Academy is a Miami-Dade County Public Charter School, with students enrolled in 6th – 12th grade.  Mater Lakes Academy has been open since the 2006-2007 academic school year, and is currently in its 12th year under the direction of Principal Rene F. Rovirosa, and is an A school for both the middle school and the high school.  For more information, visit the school’s website at www.materlakes.org.



Mrs. Alice Martinez

Mater Lakes Academy

Phone:  (305) 698-8000

Fax:  (305) 698-1800



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Congratulations on Doral Academy of Technology being nominated as a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School

Doral Academy of Technology is being nominated as a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School in the High Performing category.

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. More than 7,500 of schools across the country have been presented with this coveted award. The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The National Blue Ribbon School flag gracing an entry or flying overhead is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.





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  • Posted On: Oct 18, 2016
  • Category: Academy


U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., announced  that Somerset Arts Conservatory has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. Somerset Arts Conservatory is one among 279 public and 50 private schools receiving this honor. Somerset Arts Conservatory was one out of four schools in Florida to receive this honor.

Schools are nominated for the award by the state department of education, and then complete a comprehensive application about school practices. Schools may apply for status as Exemplary High Performing—among the top schools in a state—or Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing—schools making the fastest progress in the their state in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

The administration of Somerset will represent Somerset Arts Conservatory at a two-day awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. to celebrate their hard-won achievements.

For more information about Somerset Arts Conservatory,  please visit the school’s website atwww.somersetacademy.com .  For more information about the National Blue Ribbon Schools program, please visithttp://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/

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