A military curriculum can help instill a work ethic and provide focus for young people. Military schools are great places to gain an education that will help position one for a successful future. In New Jersey, there is only one true military school, the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST).
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)||Student Population (2017-2018)||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|Marine Academy of Science and Technology||Public High School||Highlands, NJ||N/A||294||N/A|
Military Schools in New Jersey
The only military school in New Jersey is MAST. This public school has a naval component and incorporates military training that teaches students how to drill and instill the work ethic required of anyone in the armed forces. Besides MAST, students in New Jersey may also gain a military-style education through the Youth ChalleNGe Academy GED program, or by joining one of the many JROTC and ROTC battalions founds at high schools, universities, and colleges throughout the state.
Marine Academy of Science and Technology
The Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) is a public high school that offers a unique educational experience focused on the marine sciences in conjunction with training in the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC). At this school students can choose to concentrate on oceanography, engineering, or technology. The curriculum is immersive and incorporates incredible opportunities for students to engage in real scientific research. In collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the state of New Jersey, MAST runs the James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory, where students can engage in relevant and cutting-edge marine research. The school also has its own ship, called the Blue Sea. This 65-foot research vessel is utilized by every grade and is taken out multiple times a week during autumn and spring.
The course load at MAST has classes in all standard subjects, including English, math, science, social science, and world languages. Students are also required to study technology and naval science. The technology courses cover computer design; technology, engineering, and design; and systems engineering. There are two levels to the systems engineering curriculum, and students who decide to take both will be required to solve real-world problems through their design. The naval sciences courses follow a standard NJROTC program, and include classes on boating safety and operational risk management, as well as cadet training and the basics of being in the Navy. The NJROTC training at MAST also requires students to wear uniforms every day and participate in drills and ceremonies.
Other perks of attending MAST include in-house SAT prep that students can utilize for a marginal fee, access to a robust media center, and the ability to participate in over a dozen student organizations. MAST also runs the Stars Summer Program, a five-day summer immersive science camp that covers topics related to the marine environment. The program costs $300 and students can choose to attend one of five sessions held during June and July.
Other Opportunities for Military Education in New Jersey
Another military-centered educational opportunity in New Jersey can be found at Fort Dix. The Youth ChalleNGe Program is a 22-week, intensive GED curriculum that is run as a partnership between the state and the New Jersey National Guard. It is a free program, but students must apply to gain admittance. There are also many opportunities for high school and college students to join one of the over 50 JROTC and ROTC programs found throughout the state. A quick reminder, enrolling in an ROTC program means one is committing to serving after graduation, however participation in JROTC programs does not carry this same obligation.