Click here for the Miami-Dade County Schools 
Official Magnet Application
to begin the 2014-2015 admissions process.

Please read below for further requirements by MAST Academy

Parents must submit FLVS--Florida Virtual School documentation directly to MAST Academy by Jan. 15th. No exceptions. MAST cannot access FLVS transcripts or course histories.

For more information regarding the Maritime and Science Technology Program, 
please contact Dr. Haun at margarethaun@dadeschools.net

For information regarding the Cambridge Program, 
please contact Mrs. Vignale at dvignale@dadeschools.net.

 

Deadline for the application and recommendation is January 15, 2014.
No Exceptions

Click Here to download the required teacher recommendation form.

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Magnet Timeline


October 1 - January 15

 February 28 - March 2 

Random Selection is run.

March 11
Acceptance or decline notification letters are mailed to parents.

April 1
Deadline for parents to respond accept/decline. 

 

 

MAST Academy

2014-2015 Admissions Criteria and Process

 MAST Academy, part of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, is a magnet School of Choice. The magnet schools in this district are governed by the regulations set forth by the School Board.

 MAST Academy accepts applications for grades 8-12.

  • Qualified students in grades 10-12 receive enrollment offers on a space-available basis.
  • Qualified students who are the documented dependents of active duty military personnel receive offers on a space-available. 
  • Siblings of current students who are enrolled at the same time will be admitted to the same magnet program if they meet our criteria. Siblings MUST apply to the same magnet program to receive an offer. 
  • Qualified students who have a Key Biscayne address at the time of application will have priority access to seats only in Cambridge magnet programs. 

 

CRITERIA:

HIGH SCHOOL

Maritime and Science Technology Program

Cambridge Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Program

Cambridge Global Studies Program

 

GPA

2.5 unweighted in core academic subjects

(Math, Science, English, Social Studies)

 

NOTE: Once accepted, students must maintain an unweighted 3.0 GPA in core academic subjects to remain at the school (in any program)

Required Classes

Honors Physical Science (9th admissions)

Honors Algebra I (9th admissions)

 

Honors Biology (10th admissions)

Honors Geometry (10th admissions)

 

*Acceptances are provisional until evidence of course work and EOC or comparable standardized test results are provided

Effort Grades

2 or higher on a 3 point scale or equivalent

Conduct Grade Average

2.5

Absences

Fewer than 10 unexcused for the preceding school year

One Teacher Recommendation

(current school year)

Math or Science Teacher

 

 

**NOTE: Student may enroll in Honors Physical Science, Honors Algebra I, Honors Biology, or Honors Geometry on FLVS; however progress reports showing at least 30% completion of the entire course is required by the January 15th, 2014 deadline.  Submit this documentation directly to MAST Academy. 

  

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Cambridge General Studies Program (8th Grade)

 

GPA

 

2.5 unweighted in core academic subjects

(Math, Science, English, Social Studies)

 

NOTE: Once accepted, students must maintain an unweighted 3.0 GPA in core academic subjects to remain at the school (in any academy)

Required Classes

Eligible for Honors Physical Science

Eligible for Algebra I Honors

 

Effort Grades

2 or higher on a 3 point scale or equivalent

Conduct Grade Average

2.5

Absences

Fewer than 10 unexcused for the school year

One Teacher Recommendation

(current school year)

Math or Science Teacher

 

 

 

Additional Admissions Information:

  •  Students from schools outside of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (private, parochial, international, out-of-district) must submit the following to the Admissions Office at MAST Academy, 3979 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, Florida 33149.
  1. official transcripts for school year 2012-2013
  2. current year grade reports
  3. course outlines/syllabus for math and science course
  •  All incoming eighth grade students, district-wide and Key Biscayne, must complete the magnet application process to apply for the Cambridge General Studies magnet program.
  •  At the beginning of the second semester, Cambridge eighth grade students will select one of the two Cambridge programs—Global Studies or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics).  Qualified eighth grade students will be enrolled in the desired program and do not have to reapply for high school.
  •  If an eighth grade Cambridge student is interested in applying for the Maritime and Science Technology program, he or she may apply through the magnet application process and enter the district-wide random selection process. Cambridge students will not lose their seats unless they were accepted and to choose to attend the Maritime and Science Technology program.

 

 

Key Biscayne Residents

 

  • Key Biscayne applicants must meet all admission requirements.
  •  Key Biscayne residents must complete all steps of the admissions process.
  •  Qualified Key Biscayne applicants have priority selection for the Cambridge programs, not for Maritime  Science and Technology program .
  •  If the number of qualified Key Biscayne applicants exceeds the number of seats available, these applicants will be entered into a random selection process.
  •  If the number of qualified Key Biscayne applicants does not exceed the number of seats available, all qualified Key Biscayne applicants will be admitted and the remaining seats will be filled by a district-wide random selection process.
  •  Any new ninth grade student from Key Biscayne who chooses to apply to the Maritime and Science Technology program and does not receive acceptance will not be automatically accepted into a Cambridge program unless there are available seats in that program.  Students who fall into that category will be placed at the end of the relevant Cambridge program wait list.

 

PROCEDURE:

Step 1: Submit basic magnet school application to MDCPS Schools of Choice           (http://www.yourchoicemiami.org/index.php?/index/department/2/5)

                Please note, a student may only select one of the three programs. 

                This cannot be changed once the selection is made and submitted.

Schools of Choice provides online notification that student has applied to one of the magnet programs at MAST Academy

 

Step 2: Collect additional paperwork to MAST Academy, which includes:

             ____ 1 teacher recommendation form.  This form must be in an envelope sealed and signed by teacher.

             ____ Transcripts and Copy of Table of Contents or Course Syllabus for Math and Science courses (only needed if student is coming from out-of-district, private, or parochial schools)

              ____ FLVS Progress Report (if the student is enrolled in FLVS for any prerequisite course. Students must show that they have completed at least 30% of the entire course by the January 15th deadline).

 

** Please make sure all paperwork is labeled with the following information:

  • Student Name
  • Student ID
  • Grade Level
  • Program of Choice (Maritime and Science Technology, Cambridge STEM, Cambridge Global Studies, Cambridge General Studies)

 

Step 3: Send or deliver additional paperwork to

         MAST Academy

Attn: Admissions

3979 Rickenbacker Causeway

Miami, FL 33149

 

Step 4: Call or Email MAST (admissions@gomakos.com) to confirm the school’s receipt of additional paperwork.  If you had delivered the paperwork, please be sure to retain your receipt.

 

Step 5: The School’s Admissions Office screens application packet for admission criteria listed above.

 

 MAST Academy, part of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, is a School of Choice. The magnet schools in this district are governed by the regulations set forth by the School Board. A student may apply during the recruitment period, October 1st to January 15th, of each year. The earliest a student may apply to MAST is in the 7th grade--for an 8th grade position.

MAST accepts applications for grades 8-12. Qualified students in grades 10-12 receive enrollment offers on a space-available basis. Qualified students who are the documented dependents of active duty military personnel receive offers on a space-available basis as well.

Acceptance to the MAST Academy is based on the following criteria:

1. Academic Performance/ Mathematics & Science Placement*** (GPA minimum of 2.5 required)
2. Conduct--minimum 2.5
3. Attendance--no more than 10 unexcused absences in previous year
4. Current-year science teacher recommendation. Download form from this page. 
Teacher recommendation must be mailed or hand-delivered to MAST Academy.
Address is 3979 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149.  ATTN: ADMISSIONS

***Consult the FAQ document for full information on math/science requirements

Students taking a math or science course through the Florida Virtual School(FLVS) must enroll in that course early enough so that a progress grade is available from FLVS by January 15, 2014. No exceptions. FLVS documents/transcripts must be sent directly to MAST. We cannot access FLVS informationApplications are reviewed to determine that students who apply to The MAST Academy meet ALL criteria described above.

Private school and charter school parents must request that an official school transcript be sent directly to MAST, ATTN: ADMISSIONS.  Homeschool parents must send appropriate documentation including tables of content from mathematics and science texts. See address above.

PROCEDURE

Step I. - Application

Student/parent submits basic application to Schools of Choice. Private school students must submit an official transcript directly to MAST Academy.

• Schools of Choice provides online notification that student has applied to MAST. Parent/guardian calls or emails MAST (admissions@gomakos.com) to confirm the school’s receipt of application materials.

• MAST Admissions Office screens application.

• Please read the FAQ document (link above) for fuller explanation of admissions requirements, the sibling policy, etc.

Step II. - Notification

MAST notifies students in writing of application status. Students will either be entered into the Miami-Dade County Public Schools district lottery pool or notified of non-acceptance.

Step III. - M-DCPS District Lottery Pool

MAST notifies students of the District’s random selection lottery outcome. The waiting list remains current through first semester of each year. Students who want to be considered for the following year must re-apply.