Nov 8 - Dec 31, 2018

MAOS (Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Science)


The Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Science, located at Monterey High School, prepares public high school students from throughout Monterey County for academic and career success. This is accomplished through a challenging curriculum enhanced by collaboration with the many marine related academic programs, research organizations and businesses in the area. Students achieve success through a rigorous, interdisciplinary approach to science and technology, with an emphasis on real-world problems, contact with oceanographic experts, hands-on science labs, field studies, and internships.

The Big Idea

We are demystifying the college admissions process and supporting our students as they complete college entrance requirements.

College is an academically and socially challenging time for even the most gifted of students, and that is after a rigorous and often humiliating college admissions process. Over the past decade, MAOS has placed hundreds of our students in four year universities, but the admissions process has become increasingly competitive and intense, creating a great deal of student stress. It is our goal with this project to provide enough information and support for MAOS juniors to both alleviate the stress of the admissions process, and to provide real world advice from current and past college students regarding the specific realities of college life. We will use the funds provided by Monterey County Gives to purchase an online college preparation program that will help our students feel more confident and secure in their application, as well as provide students with a firm foundation of knowledge to carry on past their time in MAOS. MAOS will also dedicate staff time to securing vital college recourses, including guest speakers, field trips, and assorted materials to build confidence in our students and avoid the social pitfalls that many college-going young people experience.

As a MAOS parent, I am very pleased to have seen an increased independence and sense of place develop in my son over his four years with MAOS. Through relationships with his amazing classmates, teachers, and mentors, he sees himself as capable and worthy. To be able to stand strong and with a positive and engaged outward vision for oneself at this age is priceless. I am sure MAOS and its uniquely encouraging and inclusionary structure and philosophy was central to this personal outcome and to his recent college acceptances.

— Karen Monahan, Monterey