About MAOS

The Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Science (MAOS) brings innovation to public education. Founded in 1994 at Monterey High School, MAOS was designed by experienced teachers who saw the need for a challenging curriculum within the public school system, for students with a desire and ability to excel.

The MAOS program emphasizes four years of math, science and English, broadly, but not exclusively, applied to general scientific and oceanographic research. A rich variety of experiences is provided through field trips, guest speakers, internships, and challenging assignments.

Mission Statement

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.