Alisha Kennedy 2022

Alisha Kennedy

Assistant Principal: MOA


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 on the FSA 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.


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


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.