Marine and Oceanographic Academy

5801 North Old Dixie Highway
Ft. Pierce, FL 34946
MOA is a model for partnering a marine research institute with a public school system for improving the scientific literacy of high school students.MOA is a magnet high school program of Fort Pierce Westwood Academy and is located at Harbor Branch.


 About the MOA Program

MOA-FPW LogoThe program 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.

Eligibility for WW/MOA includes demonstrated proficiency of level 3 or above in FSA Mathematics (or EOC) and FSA ELA assessments (or the equivalent for students without FSA scores), strong teacher recommendations, and excellent discipline and attendance records. The prior year’s grades and transcripts may be reviewed and considered as well.

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

Key advantages of this program:

  • 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 of common goals.

Who Can Attend?

MOA offers many advanced and rigorous courses in math and science including AP and dual enrollment courses on campus.  In addition many of our students go on to study many other areas including nursing, biology, education, and Spanish to name a few. Students do not need to go into a marine or oceanographic field.

Although MOA is a small learning community students are still able to participate in sports, electives, and other activities at Westwood High School.

Any student in St. Lucie County is eligible to apply and if accepted, transportation will be provided to the campus.

Scenes from our Campus!

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Marine and Oceanographic Academy Campus






FAU – Harbor Branch Campus

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Some of our Awesome HBOI Labs!

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Junior Class Trip to the Keys

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Sophomore Class Trip ~ Zip Lining

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