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Success S av v y TOP SCHOOL Mater Grove Academy is a K-8 high-performing “A+” school located on the Boys & Girls Club’s 10-acre campus near Coconut Grove. In partnership with the Boys & Girls Club, students are exposed to a variety of extracurricular activities, which include performing arts, sports, tutoring and much more. Mater Grove Academy is proud to be accredited by the Southern Association Of Colleges & Schools and exemplifies all of the highest teaching and learning standards. As a SACS-accredited school, they share a continuous commitment to school improvement and educational excellence. Their mission, is to provide a loving, caring and supportive educational environment, where the whole child is developed and a philosophy of respect and high expectations is instilled for all students, parents, teachers and staff. At Mater Grove Academy, it is believed that parental involvement is fundamental to every child’s education. As such, all teachers are highly qualified and state-certified. Using effective research-based strategies, such as hands-on learning, inquiry-based research projects, science experimentation which includes STEM activities, and technology-rich environments, teachers motivate students to succeed and help them become life-long learners. At Mater Grove Academy, students grow academically, socially, emotionally, physically and creatively. Mater Grove Academy is expanding for the 2016-2017 academic school year to a new state-of-the-art-facility which will accommodate 1,300 students. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Sheila Caleo Gonzalez has contributed to the field of education for over 20 years. She is the Founding Principal at Mater Grove Academy and lives by the motto that “every student matters and every moment counts.”; 305.442.4992; MaterGroveAcademy.com. › 48 HEALTH EFFECTS Education has a significant impact on health, reports the Center On Society & Health. In the last few decades, the life expectancy gap between the most and least educated Americans has grown significantly. TEX T BY STACY W YNN LIVE LONGER While overall life expectancy has generally increased, between 1990 and 2008, it decreased for those with the least education by more than 3 years for men and 5 years for women. JUST GRADUATE Americans with less education are — now, more than ever — more likely to have diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. It’s about 15% for those without a high school diploma vs. 7% for college grads. EDUCATION MATTERS Those with less education are more likely to have diminished physical abilities or be disabled. They also have higher risk factors that predict disease in general, such as obesity and smoking.