MAST Academy
Maritime and Science Technology Academy, commonly referred to as MAST Academy, or MAST, is a public high school
High school
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 in Miami, Florida
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, on Virginia Key
Virginia Key
Virginia Key is a barrier island in Miami, Florida, United States in Biscayne Bay, south of Brickell and north of Key Biscayne. It accessible from the mainland via the Rickenbacker Causeway....

. MAST Academy is a magnet school
Magnet school
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 under the governance of Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
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. The school's principal is Jane Garraux, appointed in August 2011. US News & World Report currently ranks MAST as the 66th best high school in the nation as of 2011.

The academic focus of MAST Academy is primarily maritime
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 studies. Students choose one of three major areas of study in which a traditional U.S.
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 high school curriculum
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 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
Solar power
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, Environmental Science
Environmental science
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, Swimming, and Water Safety.

MAST Academy is located on Virginia Key
Virginia Key
Virginia Key is a barrier island in Miami, Florida, United States in Biscayne Bay, south of Brickell and north of Key Biscayne. It accessible from the mainland via the Rickenbacker Causeway....

, a barrier island between Miami
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 and Key Biscayne
Key Biscayne
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, across the street from the Miami Seaquarium
Miami Seaquarium
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 and within walking distance from the University of Miami
University of Miami
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 Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
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, the Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological Laboratory (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
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), and the Southeast Fisheries Science Center (National Marine Fisheries Service).

In the 2009-2010 academic year, the school had an enrollment of 550 students and 42 classroom teachers (on an FTE
Full-time equivalent
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 basis, for a student-teacher ratio of 14.9).

Awards and recognition

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 commencement speaker.

During the 1994-96 and 2006-07 school years, MAST Academy was recognized with the Blue Ribbon School
Blue Ribbon Schools Program
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 Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education
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, the highest award an American school can receive.

It has a tradition of academic excellence, and has three times been ranked among Newsweek
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s Top 100 High Schools. With a 25:1 student-to-teacher ratio, MAST has been listed as one of "Miami-Dade's Best Schools".


The student body of MAST Academy is 48% Hispanic, 24% White, 17% Black, 5% Asian, and 6% other/multi-racial.

Extracurricular activities

The main sports are water polo
Water polo
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 and swimming. The men and women's Soccer Teams are also competitive.

MAST is very active in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl
National Ocean Sciences Bowl
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 Competition, having established a tradition of placing first in the region and a fifth place national showing in 2006. The Black History Brain Bowl team won the 2006 Regional Championships.

MAST is home to the first Coast Guard JROTC chapter in the country, but is now declining due to budget cuts.

The band of MAST Academy is the steel drum band directed by Vincent Hamilton. The steel drum band won their division in the Florida State High School Jazz Band Competition in 1999.

The school's mascot is a mako shark named Isurus, after retiring a Pelican named Pete.

MAST's robotics and engineering team MAST Academy Mecha Makos, founded in 2006, has competed in numerous competitions including Youth Fair, MATE, FIRST
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, and most recently, FIUs Wall of Wind competition.


The Beacon, MAST's student-run newspaper, and the yearbook, Mako Fuka, have received Gold Medals from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

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