Model Program

MAST (Maritime and Science Technology) Academy

3979 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149

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Contact Information:
Thomas C. Fisher, II

Program Specification:






Limited Evidence of Effectiveness

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Target Settings:

Target Groups:

High School


School Wide


Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities


Maritime and Science Technology Academy, commonly referred to as MAST Academy is a public high school in Miami, Florida. MAST Academy is a magnet school under the governance of Miami-Dade County Public Schools . The school principal is Thomas C. Fisher II, appointed in September 2006. The academic focus of MAST Academy is primarily maritime studies. Students choose one of three major areas of study in which a traditional U.S. high school curriculum 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, Film Studies, Solar Energy , Environmental Science , Sea Classics, Swimming , Ethics and Leadership, and Water Safety. MAST Academy is located on Virginia Key , a barrier island between Miami and Key Biscayne , across the street from the Miami Seaquarium and within walking distance from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The school has an enrollment of over 500 students and 37.0 classroom teachers It has a tradition of academic excellence, and has three times been ranked among Newsweek's Top 100 High Schools. With a 22:1 student-to-teacher ratio, MAST has been listed as one of "Miami-Dade's Best Schools".

Program Descriptors Include:
Professional Development, Academic Improvement, Charter School, Community Collaboration, Computer Assisted Instruction, Extended-School/Summer Program, Family/Parental Involvement, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: 1991
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Highly socially active outside of school

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers


  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards
  • Positive/resilient temperament


  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy


  • Problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility


  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self
  • Optimistic


  • Comprehensive diagnostic systems
  • Personalized instruction and learning
  • Rigorous and relevant instruction
  • Academic support
  • Supportive school climate
  • Development of vocational skills
  • Encourage family involvement/community supports

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Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies
School Districts

School Administrators

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Supporting / Partner Organizations:


US Coast Guard, Miami-Dade Co. Public Schools

Evaluation Information:

100% of the Mast's graduates are accepted into a four year college or university. Student SAT scores average more than 200 points above the national norm.

How evaluation data was collected: