Marine Academy of Science and Technology
The Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) is a coeducational four-year magnet public high school located in the Sandy Hook section of Middletown Township, in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in ninth through twelfth grade. The school offers learning in all subjects, specializing in marine technology and science. It is one of five career academies administered by the Monmouth County Vocational School District (MCVSD). MAST requires each student to participate in the Naval Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (NJROTC) every year as well as an Annual Military Inspection (AMI) in the spring or fall.
|Marine Academy of Science and Technology|
305 MAST Way|
Sandy Hook, NJ 07732
|Type||Magnet public high school|
|School district||Monmouth County Vocational School District|
|Enrollment||297 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||10.6:1|
|Color(s)||Blue and gold|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
Marine Academy was founded in 1981 as a part-time program which has since grown to become a full-time diploma-granting program. The school's curriculum focuses on marine sciences and marine technology/engineering. The school offers small classes with close personal attention.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 297 students and 28.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.6:1. There were 7 students (2.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 10 (3.4% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. The Marine Academy is a member of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology. For the 1997-98 school year, the Marine Academy was designated a Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education, and was again recognized as a Blue Ribbon School in 2013. MAST was selected by the Department of Education as a New American High School for the 1998-99 school year; among the many honors and awards the innovative program has received throughout its years. On April 15, 2007, in honor of the Marine Academy's 25th Anniversary, a proclamation by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders declared April 15 as "Marine Academy of Science and Technology Day" in Monmouth County.
Location and campusEdit
MAST campus is located in the Fort Hancock Historic Area, as part of the Sandy Hook Unit of the Gateway National Recreation Area. The school is adjacent to the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, the oldest operating lighthouse in the country, and is within walking distance of several beaches. The campus includes 13 newly renovated buildings and various laboratories devoted to marine biology, marine chemistry, oceanography, C.A.D., and multi-media. The buildings were previously mess halls and latrines for the "Tent City" that was set up at Fort Hancock for a time during World War II. A Technology Workshop, a Media Center containing a Computer Classroom, a Naval Science Building, a state of the art wet lab in the James J. Howard Marine Science laboratory, and other classrooms round out the facilities. There is also hands-on instruction on the school research vessel, the R/V Blue Sea for underclassmen and some seniors. The "R/V Blue Sea" is currently berthed at the Coast Guard Station on Sandy Hook. This vessel is extensively used throughout many core classes in the curriculum including marine biology, marine chemistry, marine physics, and oceanography.
In the wake of significant damage to the Sandy Hook campus following Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, the MAST campus has temporarily been relocated to St. Joseph's School in Keyport, in addition to the use of lab space at Brookdale Community College. As of September 9, 2013, MAST relocated back to its Sandy Hook campus.
All students at the Marine Academy participate in the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC). The unit is designated as an Area 4 school and participates in many inter-unit competitions, the most prominent of which is the Drill Team. Motivated cadets can participate in several disciplines including Freshmen, Color Guard, Armed Platoon, Unarmed Platoon, Unarmed Exhibition, and Armed Exhibition. In the past, MAST has been successful at several area competitions, including Neptune, Linden, and Area 4. Exceptional performance in the Area 4 Drill Competition (placing first in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012) has qualified the school for national competition in Pensacola, Florida for those years. In 2016,the MAST Drill Team attended Navy Nationals once again in Pensacola, Florida, their first time back since 2012. In 2018, a team consisting of 4 cadets, Will Davis, Nick Cataneo, Jordan Wilson, and John Lavelle, attended the JLAB National Championships in Washington D.C.
Each year, cadets at MAST are subject to a Physical Fitness Test (PFT). The standards for this exam are based upon Navy guidelines. Grades are based upon a point scale and range from Unsatisfactory to Outstanding. These superlatives translate into number grades and are a portion of the Naval Science grade for credit. Additionally, satisfactory PFT performance is criteria for advancement and promotion.
At the end of each year, qualified cadets are promoted to a rank and billet commensurate with academic performance, ability, and PFT results. The MAST unit is organized into a battalion with four companies and a headquarters section. The highest rank a cadet can achieve is Cadet Commander.
- For the 1997-1998 school year, Marine Academy of Science and Technology received the Blue Ribbon Award from the United States Department of Education, the highest honor that an American school can achieve.
- MAST was one of two high schools recognized by the New Jersey "Star School" program in its inaugural year of 1993-94. MAST has been honored twice since with the New Jersey Department of Education's highest recognition for a New Jersey school, in both 1997-98 and 2003-04.
- For the 1998-1999 school year, MAST received additional national recognition as the New American High School.
- Best Practice Award (1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001,& 2003)
- New Jersey Governor's School of Excellence Award, October 2005
- Intel Scholastic 21st Century Schools of Distinction, 2004 finalist
- Toyota Tapestry Award, 2002
- Designation as NJROTC Honor Unit/CNET Unit or Distinguished Unit with Honors: every year since 1990
- In 2005-06, the school averaged a 1875 combined SAT score, sixth highest of all public high schools statewide.
- In April 2010, the MAST Ocean Bowl team competed at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl and placed 2nd in the nation.
- Schooldigger.com ranked the school as one of 16 schools tied for first out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (unchanged from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the language arts literacy (100.0%) and mathematics (100.0%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
- In its 2013 report on "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast ranked the school 364th in the nation among participating public high schools and 33rd among schools in New Jersey.
- In September 2013, the academy was one of 15 in New Jersey to be recognized by the United States Department of Education as part of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, an award called the "most prestigious honor in the United States' education system" and which Education Secretary Arne Duncan described as schools that "represent examples of educational excellence".
- In April 2015 MAST was one of nine schools in the nation recognized by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) with the Excellence in Action Award. MAST won for its Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography program. NASDCTEc Executive Director, Kimberly Green, said of the winning programs, "Incredibly successful graduating their students at above average rates, building strong industry and community partnerships, and increasing students chances to obtain postsecondary credit and degrees and industry-recognized credentials," 
In its listing of "America's Best High Schools 2016", the school was ranked 181st out of 500 best high schools in the country; it was ranked 28th among all high schools in New Jersey.
Marine Academy of Science and Technology is one of five career academies in the Monmouth County Vocational School District. These are referred to as sister schools:
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- A Brief look at M.A.S.T, accessed May 12, 2006.
- Rundquist, Jeanette. "Hurricane Sandy aftermath: Some N.J. schools reopen with no heat, no lunch", The Star-Ledger, November 6, 2012. Accessed November 14, 2012. "On Sandy Hook, officials from the Monmouth County Vocational School District yesterday got their first look at damage to the Marine Academy of Science and Technology, known as MAST.... But plans are to send the 280 high school students to class next Tuesday in the former St. Joseph's School in Keyport, and borrow science labs at the Brookdale Community College in Hazlet."
- Star School Award recipient detail, New Jersey Department of Education, Archived December 18, 2006. Accessed November 26, 2009.
- New Jersey Star Schools Program Winners
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- NATIONAL OCEAN SCIENCES BOWL FINALS 2010, National Ocean Sciences Bowl. Accessed May 2, 2010.
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- Rundquist, Jeanette. "15 N.J. schools named as national 'Blue Ribbon' winners", The Star-Ledger, September 24, 2013. Accessed September 25, 2013. "Five Catholic schools, six county vocational-technical schools and a Yeshiva are among the list of honored schools in New Jersey. Also named as 2013 Blue Ribbon Schools were Dover, Harrison and Wildwood high schools."
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- Marine Academy of Science and Technology
- Monmouth County Vocational School District
- Monmouth County Vocational School District's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Monmouth County Vocational School District, National Center for Education Statistics