Maritime High School
615 S 200th Street Des Moines, WA 98198

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Maritime High School
615 S 200th St Des Moines, WA 98198

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Marine Science

Maritime High School students select a career pathway for 11th and 12th grades.

The Marine Science pathway combines rigorous academic coursework with practical, hands-on learning to prepare students for industry-specific certifications. The curriculum fosters an understanding of marine ecosystems and the maritime industry.

Program Features

Integrated Learning

Students engage in coursework that blends math, English, and marine science. They’ll earn college credit, preparing them for continued education. Students can take World Language at Highline College. 

Complementary Projects

Projects that develop social reasoning, covering US History, Civics, and college and career planning, complement the marine science curriculum.

Mentorship and Experiential Learning

Students continue to benefit from mentorship opportunities and Leave 2 Learn off-campus experiences, enhancing their educational journey. Leave 2 Learn gives students real-life experiences where they explore topics deeply and gain skills. It incorporates networking, research, decision-making, implementation, progress monitoring, and curating evidence of learning. As students learn, they are guided by a mentor and connect to the real world and environment outside of the classroom.

What can a Leave 2 Learn Project look like?

  • Design and make a product
  • Volunteer regularly and document progress/contributions
  • Use media/outreach to raise awareness
  • Host a fundraiser
  • Advocate for a cause or legislation
  • Produce art
  • Organize an event
  • Be a youth consultant to industry/government
  • Interview experts and write a white paper
  • Teach others something you know/have learned

Presentations of Learning

Students' mastery of specific competencies is showcased through presentations of learning, which are documented on the mastery transcript. This method of assessment highlights the application of knowledge and skills in real-world contexts.

Field Work and Academic Partnerships

This pathway is in partnership with Highline College. Students will engage in hands-on learning at the MAST Center in Redondo and take coursework at the Highline College campus in Des Moines.

This collaboration provides students access to specialized maritime training and industry certifications.

When not participating in off-campus training, students work with Maritime High School instructors on complementary projects, ensuring a well-rounded education.

New in 2024-2025

Highline college Partnership

Beginning in the 2024-25 school year, students in the Marine Resources and Research pathway will take classes at Highline College. We are partnering to ensure access to engaging and integrated learning which will include specific marine science classes like Introduction to Oceanography, Marine Biology, Introduction to Environmental Science, and Seabirds and Marine Mammals. 

11th grade

Students entering 11th grade in the fall of 2024 will do coursework at Highline College and at the MaST Center. MHS students will take courses as a group. Students may take additional college courses, such as world language, outside of the group.

12th Grade

In addition to classes at Highline College, seniors will continue taking a marine tech class at PSSC.  The PSSC partnership will remain in place for 12th-grade students in the 2024-25 school year but will not continue beyond this due to a shift in program design at PSSC.

For the other half of the day, they will choose one of two options:

Option 1: Mornings attending Highline College and the MaST Center.

Option 2: Mornings in a Business Communications class on the MHS campus and Leave to Learn on alternate days. Business Communications provides career and technical education (CTE) credit and also fulfills students’ English language arts (ELA) credit requirement. Learn more here.