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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Vessel Operations

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

The Vessel Operations program at Maritime High School provides 11th- and 12th-grade students with a blend of academic and practical learning opportunities. This program combines rigorous learning in math, English, and maritime skills with real-world experiences to prepare students for industry certifications and future career paths.

Program Features

Integrated Learning

Students engage in coursework that meets traditional academic requirements and imparts essential maritime skills. This integrated approach ensures students are prepared for higher education or to immediately enter maritime careers. Graduates from this pathway will receive the following credentials: Merchant Mariner Card (MMC), Qualified Member of the Engineering Department (QMED) and Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). 

Complementary Projects

Alongside their maritime studies, students undertake projects that develop their social reasoning skills, covering important topics such as US History, Civics, and college and career planning. These projects are designed to provide a complete educational experience.

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 and understand complex topics deeply and gain high-level skills. It incorporates networking, ideation, research, navigating ambiguity, decision-making, implementation, progress monitoring, and curating evidence of learning. Whatever students do and learn, they are guided by a mentor, and it connects 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
  • Legislative Advocacy
  • 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.


  • This program is conducted in partnership with the Seattle Maritime Academy in Ballard and funded through Running Start and the Seattle College District. This collaboration provides students with 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.

Seattle Maritime Academy 

New in 2024-2025

The Vessel Operations program, successfully launched in Fall 2023, will continue to offer students the same high-quality maritime education and training.

The Vessel Operations program exemplifies our commitment to providing students with innovative and relevant educational experiences necessary to succeed in the maritime sector.