Award Year: 2013

Marine Academy of Science and Technology

305 Mast Way
Sandy Hook, NJ, 07732-4004

(732) 291-0995

Earl Moore, Principal at time of Nomination

Dr. Paul Christopher, Current Principal

Monmouth County Vocational School District

School Website


To create productive individuals empowered to meet the challenges of a global community through specialized studies in a unique academic setting

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 94%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Established in 1981, The Marine Academy of Science and Technology is a public high school open to students throughout the State of New Jersey who are interested in marine science or systems engineering studies. Thirty-two years ago New Jersey was 8th in the nation for marine-based revenue, but marine themed education was nonexistent. Created to fill that void, and nestled between Sandy Hook Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, the school’s location provides the optimal environment for its specialized programs. Classes in thirteen buildings, including two computer labs, a floating marine science lab, MAST’s 65’ research vessel, and a wet laboratory located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s research facility create a dynamic campus where students from rural, suburban, and urban locations unite to create a diverse learning community. Students pursue a rigorous college preparatory curriculum culminating in a capstone senior research project that affords them the opportunity to work with professional mentors. A strong technology curriculum augments the focus on scientific research by teaching logical approaches to problem-solving and design implementation. Additionally, all students are enrolled in Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC). The NJROTC program is a distinguishing feature of MAST that strengthens the sense of community, as it allows students from all grades to work together, teaches leadership skills, and supports and expands our focus on the marine environment.