Fred Woltjen

Assistant Principal: MOA

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Lori Anthony

Executive Secretary:MOA

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About the MOA Program

The WEST Prep Academy’s Marine and Oceanographic Academy (MOA) of the St. Lucie County School District is a high school program that targets a diverse population of students from all neighborhoods in the county. This academy, located on the campus of Florida Atlantic University’s world-renowned Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, is a district-wide attractor program available to students from any zone.

The MOA program’s Eligibility includes demonstrated proficiency of Level 3 or above in FCAT math and reading assessments (or the equivalent for students without FCAT scores), strong teacher recommendation, and excellent discipline and attendance records.

A specifically selected teaching team working with a full-time site administrator has been dedicated by St. Lucie County and Fort Pierce Westwood Academy to the students and specific curriculum that makes the MOA program unique.

The integration of core curriculum to focus on marine and oceanographic studies is the feature that identifies MOA as an exceptional program. Each subject has been selected for its appropriateness to this integration while never compromising the need to provide each student with the background necessary for a comfortable transition to the most challenging college or university programs of higher studies.

Engaging, hands-on field and laboratory studies are conducted by the MOA staff in conjunction with FAU/Harbor Branch scientists who teach students for 20% of their science classes. All classes are taught at the highest level available including Advanced Placement and on-campus Dual Enrollment.

The MOA program recognizes the need that some students have for a more traditional or extended high school experience. As such, a variety of electives may be taken during one period on the WEST Prep’s Main Campus to meet student needs. MOA students are fully eligible to take advantage of all extracurricular involvement in athletic teams, music, after school clubs, or other high school programs and events.

The school district recognized three key advantages of this model school program located on the FAU at Harbor Branch campus:

  • Immersion. Students gain a unique perspective on why they are learning when they are in the professional environment where the learning is being used.
  • Access. Scientists, students, and instructors easily interact formally and informally when they are going to work and learn in the same location every day.
  • Smaller community of learners. Limiting the size of each grade level allows academic flexibility, an acceptable level of manageability, and the close camaraderie which encourages common goals.

For more information please email Lori Anthony or call 772-468-5025.

About the program
Over the course of four years students will experience…
hands-on field and laboratory experience at Florida Atlantic University
advanced science coursework with an emphasis in Marine Science.
dual enrollment courses (IRSC) and/or AICE level and AP level courses
exclusive field trips to the Florida Springs and Keys

What it will lead to
Preparation for any scientific field of study
Potential AICE Diploma
Potential Associates Degree

 

2020-2021 MOA Brochure

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Thinking about attending MOA?

If you’ve ever wondered what student life is like as a new student at MOA you’re in luck!

Students of the MOA Leadership Class created this video just for you. Here we share a glimpse into what a typical school day might look like for a student on the MOA Campus.

The MOA Experience

Leadership is not about being the best.

Leadership is about making everyone else better.

Beyond the classroom, our students learn how to create and uphold an inclusive school culture that resembles a diverse family. This begins with student leaders who create different programs aimed at the success and well-being of their peers. Events such as Color Wars and the Amazing Race are offered as a reward for the successful completion of the quarter, while International Day gives students a chance to learn about cultures worldwide.

In response to our district’s Covid-19 policies, we have had to reduce the number of spectators at our school sporting events. Mr. Messina and his students created the “Panther Nation Sports” YouTube channel to live-stream school events. This allows students, families, and the community to support our student-athletes while keeping everyone safe following social distancing policies. Using video equipment donated from other departments throughout the district, the students create a unique experience for our school.

This year, the MOA Leadership virtual students have the opportunity to showcase their school spirit and creative talents through Webdesign. The Jr Webmasters of the MOA Leadership class are not only learning how to design interactive webpages; their designs are published live on the Fort Pierce Westwood Academy website and social media platforms. The pictures below are just a few of the many pages created and maintained entirely by students.

The Anchor was created by Mr. Messina and the MOA Leadership class of 2019. The mission of this student ran production was for our students to “take-back” the staff’s announcements and provide a fun and creative outlet to jump-start the morning. With a vision in mind along with a green screen, memory card, and editing software, The Anchor was born.

Click here to view past episodes