Mater Brickell Preparatory Academy: The Educational Future of Brickell NOW

Special to BHA News by Mater Academy – Mater Academy, Inc. is a nationally acclaimed not-for-profit network of high performing charter schools comprised of a family of educational leaders focused on college readiness and expanding the horizons of opportunity and success for all children. Growing from three classrooms 18 years ago to a network of 27, tuition free open enrollment public charter schools and over fourteen thousand students, the mission of Mater Academy remains the same: teach effectively and produce college bound graduates.

materbrickellrendering1Brickell has quickly become one of Miami’s most rapidly growing areas and a focal point for new businesses, young professionals and growing families. The growth and transformation of the area has exacerbated the need for a high-quality educational option for the children of the Urban Core. With options limited and thousands of student stations needed immediately, Mater Academy is uniquely able to deliver a high-quality, tuition-free, public charter school option to the Brickell community and surrounding areas.

Mater Academy is proposing a state-of-the-art K-12 academic campus on land it already owns in the heart of Brickell. The Mater Brickell urban campus will bring together components of the existing neighborhood while incorporating elements of the newer, more contemporary developments of the Brickell area.

All children deserve an excellent public education and the Mater Academy network continues to be a driving force in accomplishing this goal. In order to make Mater Academy’s vision of an educational campus for Brickell a reality TODAY, we will need your help.

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Note from BHA on Mater Brickell Academy:

BHA Board members and residents were pleased to hear the announcement of new plans for a Brickell area school from Mater Academy presented at BHA’s July meeting at Morton’s sponsored by Castle Group. BHA had supported the charter school company’s efforts in 2011 to get the charter permitted, but the application was not supported by the City of Miami. Objections centered around access points and traffic that would be generated by the K-12 school. Since that time Mater has acquired additional adjacent land.

As we currently understand the plans, the location of the K-12 would be in the Southwest 17th Road and Second Avenue area. The site will enable two access points and provide for increased on-site, underground cuing for vehicles, Mater Academy President Antonio Roca said. The school will be able to accommodate up to 3,000 students with a full academic program, gymnasium and outside play areas.  Envisioned at seven stories, Mr. Roca cited the SLAM school next to the Marlins Stadium, also seven stories, as an example of similar success Brickell can expect from its more vertically aligned school. Mater has invited BHA to tour it or its Coconut Grove school in the near future.   •