Top 100 Best High Schools 2013 – MAST Academy – Newsweek – 76/100
AVG SAT: 1690
AVG ACT: 24.7
AVG AP SCORE:3
NEWSWEEK SCORE: 3.63
3979 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149, United States
Maritime and Science Technology Academy, commonly referred to as MAST Academy, or MAST, is a public high school in Miami, Florida, on Virginia Key. MAST Academy is a magnet school under the governance of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The school’s principal is Josephine Otero, appointed in 2013. As of 2012, US News & World Report ranks MAST as the 96th best high school in the nation as of 2013.
The academic focus of MAST Academy is primarily marine studies. Students choose one of three major areas of study in which a traditional U.S. high school curriculum is infused with maritime-related subjects. These major areas of study are Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (OAS), Maritime Studies and Culture (MSC), and Marine Related Industries (MRI). Some special course offerings include Marine Science, Oceanography, Solar Energy, Environmental Science, Swimming, and Water Safety.
MAST Academy is located on Virginia Key, a barrier island between Miami and Key Biscayne, across the street from the Miami Seaquarium and within walking distance from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
In 2012, MAST Academy announced it will expand by 1,700 seats with preference for eligible Key Biscayne residents. It was controversial and highly debated whether residents of the Village of Key Biscayne should be opened up to all Key Biscayne high school students.
Awards and recognition:
During the 1994-96 and 2006-07 school years, MAST Academy was recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive.
MAST Academy was one of six national finalists in the 2010 White House “Commencement Challenge”. People from across the nation voted to determine which school would host President Barack Obama as a commencement speaker.
MAST has established a tradition of academic excellence, and has been ranked among Newsweek’s Top 100 High Schools several times. MAST has been listed as one of “Miami-Dade’s Best Schools”, and, as of 2013, is ranked 11th in Florida.