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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;
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
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.
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.
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.