MAST

Program Overview

MAST (Math, Art, Science, and Technology) is a full-time middle school program comprised of integrated classes inspired from adolescent Montessori and inquiry-based experiential education. MAST is for 7th and 8th grade students who are seeking a rigorous student-centered learning community that is focused on problem and project-based learning.


Core classes integrate math, lab science, field science, Digitools, English language arts, social studies, visual arts and health. In addition, students select several elective courses that are single semester or year-long courses. Electives have included: band, choir, ceramics, Spanish, leadership, clay creations, futuristic farming, performance, designing tomorrow, PE, and robotics.


Every Friday MAST students gain real-life experiences that support our classroom content; they collect data to analyze in math, science or health. They visit historical sites, museums, and art installations, and they work with community partners to design and restore our ORLA prairie, make solar panels, and raise money through their entrepreneurial club for our culmination trip, "End of Year Camp."


For our “End of Year Camp” in 2016 MAST students camped at La Push at a resort owned by the Quileute Nation. They explored massive old growth trees and driftwood at Beach 3 and hiked down to Ruby Beach to inspect the tide-pools and coastal geology.


In 2017, MAST students visited Wanapum state park, the Ginkgo Petrified Forest, and San Juan Island. ​


Enrollment Process

  1. 6th grade must be completed at ORLA.

  2. Attendance at an informational meeting is required (these meetings occur in the spring).

  3. Application packet must be completed.  These packets are given out at our informational meetings.

  4. All students entering into MAST need to take the MAP assessment in reading and math.  Montessori and current MAST students will be taking this in March. Current hConnect students will have testing opportunities announced in early spring.

  5. Writing samples are required from all new students to MAST.  This is part of the application process.

  6. If there are more than 25 students per grade level we will hold a lottery for students who have completed application packets.  

  7. Dates for informational meetings and deadlines for applications will be announced yearly in early February.

MAST Expectations and Agreements

We are a program of choice that requires specific behaviors and attitudes from students and their families to continue to thrive.

Students agree to:

  • Have good attendance and be on time– missing a day is more like missing two-plus days because of block scheduling.

  • Complete 6+ hours of class extension work (homework) a week on average and turn work in on time.

  • Commit to organization and time management at home, in addition to school.

  • Be willing to participate  - to continue to try things even when they are hard… even when it feels too hard, and to seek out support when needed.

  • Use kind professional language and control impulses that may be unsafe or distracting.

Parents/Guardians agree to:

  • Expecting class extension work be completed by their youth/teen and providing the structure/environment at home so this may be accomplished.

  • Check Skyward weekly, and Schoology/student planner daily, to monitor student progress, work completion and performance.

  • Commit to organization and time management practice at home.

  • Provide field experience support – Parent chaperones and drivers will be needed.  Each family is expected to provide support on at least 3 Fridays during the school year.

  • Commit to getting students to school on time.