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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

MAOS provides a college preparatory, academically challenging program and curriculum for students throughout Monterey County, from all walks of life. MAOS students come from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and MAOS offers each student a unique high school education, regardless of their ability to contribute financially. MAOS provides out-of-the-classroom experiences for students such as field trips, college visits, college preparation and college test materials, guest speakers, the ROV summer science program, mentoring students who compete in the annual Science and Engineering Fair, the MAOS Internship Program, and outreach among middle school students. Many MAOS students are the first generation in their family to go to college. Since our inception in 1994, approximately 95% of our students have gone on to college.

MAOS has given me an invaluable, supportive space to grow as a high-achieving student among peers that value education just as much as I do. The level of teaching and education I received through MAOS was extremely advanced and prepared me greatly for my post-secondary future.

- Natalie Cerna