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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is MAOS?

A. MAOS, (Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Science,) is a college preparatory academy located at Monterey High School. The program is designed for students who are interested in a rigorous college prep curriculum with a focus on math and science and are drawn to the Monterey Bay's unique habitat.

 

Q. What is the purpose or mission of the program?

A. The mission of MAOS is to prepare high school students for academic success in college by offering an engaging, integrated, hands-on curriculum organized around the Monterey Bay region's rich marine environment. This is accomplished through collaboration with the many marine related academic programs, research organizations and businesses in the area. MAOS is distinguished by its challenging curriculum offerings, hands-on lab experiences, field studies, research projects and internships and its partnership with the community. Student success is achieved through a rigorous, interdisciplinary approach to science and technology, with an emphasis on real-world problems and connections with local oceanographic experts.

 

Q. What's the difference between MAOS and a regular school?

A. MAOS has a small-school environment, an integrated curriculum, hands-on learning through labs and field studies, and many activities focusing on the ocean, science and technology. Students participate in field studies and hear guest speaker presentations, as well as complete a 90 hour internship in a math or science related field. Completion of the MAOS program assures that students have completed all admission requirements for the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems.

 

Q. What is the benefit of the field studies and guest speakers?

A. MAOS goes on a variety of field studies that deal with ocean, sciences and technology. Past visits include Monterey Bay Aquarium, Moss Landing Marine Lab, Hopkins Marine Lab, The Steinbeck Center, Elkhorn Slough, and Asilomar and Del Monte Beach.Guest speakers are usually representatives of local scientific and research organizations working in the fields of oceanography and marine science. This aspect of the program makes the connection for students between academic learning and real world application.

 

Q. What is the purpose of the Internship requirement?

A. Each student arranges for their own internship in a science related organization that interests them. They complete 90 hours of volunteer work under supervision of a professional who acts as a mentor. The purpose is best expressed by a quote from one student's Internship Log, "In all, this is probably one of the most memorable periods of my life and will forever be... I now have an understanding of the scientific process through real world experience and know what to truly expect in going into a scientific field."

 

Q. How can a student take an elective all four years and fulfill the PE requirement?

A. PE Requirement Form.pdf [23kb]

Q. Do you have to want to be a scientist to participate?

A. No. MAOS is a college prep academy with academically rigorous classes across the entire curriculum. However, the program’s focus is on math, science and marine studies to bring relevance to the curriculum and to give students the opportunity to learn by doing. Students should have an interest in math, science and marine studies since these subjects are a focus of the program. MAOS students are required to take four years of math and science.

 

Q. Can MAOS students participate in other high school activities?

A. Yes, of course. Students participate in many other activities such as orchestra, chorus, band, sports and other extracurricular activities found at Monterey High School. This is one of the advantages of the MAOS location on the Monterey High campus.

 

Q. What are the requirements to apply?

A. You should be a good student who is willing to learn and interested in a rigorous classes that will prepare you for college. Selection is open to students throughout Monterey County and is increasingly competitive. Admission is based on an application process, which includes ranscripts, teacher recommendations and an essay.

 

Q. Is there a cost involved in enrolling?

A. MAOS is a public high school program and is part of the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. There is no tuition; however private support and parent contributions provide the budget for the program. A donation of $150 per semester (per student) is requested to help support the program.

 

Q. Are MAOS graduates prepared for college?

A. Yes. Completion of the MAOS curriculum assures that students have completed all requirements for acceptance into California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC) systems. Almost 100% of our graduates have been accepted into four year universities where they have been very successful.

 

Q. How much does it cost to operate the program?

A. MAOS is a public high school academy and there is no tuition for the program. The program is supported by private contributions from foundations, corporations and individuals and by the generous support of the parents of MAOS students. Ongoing operation of the program costs approximately $160,000 per year, above the standard district budget. This averages to about $600 per year per student. These funds cover the cost of planning time for the staff, staff support, equipment, field studies, and operation of the internship program.

 

Q. Who oversees the program?

A. The MAOS program is officially a part of the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. MAOS is currently overseen by Friends of MAOS, a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose community based board of directors are responsible for long-range planning, community relations and funding for the program.




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