José Martí MAST 6-12 Academy
|José Martí MAST 6-12 Academy|
|5701 W. 24 Ave
Hialeah, Florida, 33016
|Motto||Where Learning Means More Doing. That’s the Power of MAST!|
|Established||as José Martí Middle: 1987
as José Martí MAST: August 2011
|School district||Miami-Dade County Public Schools|
|Principal||Mr. José Enriquez, Jr.|
|Asst. Principal||Ivette Diaz-Rubio
|Mascot||Marty the Knight|
|School Grade||A+ (as of 2013-2014)|
|School Hours||7:20 AM to 2:20 PM|
José Martí MAST 6-12 Academy, also known as JMMA 6-12 or MAST 3 is a magnet school incorporating grades 6 through 12 in Hialeah, Florida. Established in 1987 as José Martí Middle School, it introduced its magnet program with a high school expansion in 2011.
The school operates with an 8 periods, with 4 even-period classes on one day, and 4 odd-period classes on the other, to allow students to take extra electives.
The school was established in 1987 as José Martí Middle School, by José Enriquez, Sr., the school's first principal. Eventually, Enriquez's son become the principal of the school. Prior to the transition to a magnet school, José Martí Middle experienced troubling events such as the intentional setting of a fire in 1999. In November 2010, the school earned over $6,000 by saving energy, which they used to help tutor students.
Transition to magnet school (2011-present)
After the superintedent of M-DCPS opened a MAST in Homestead, he decided to "franchise" MAST Academy. Following this, José Martí was converted to a magnet high school in August 2011, with 6th through 9th grades present in the 2011-2012 school year. In November 2011, there was an incident involving pepper spray being sprayed in a stairwell, causing 20 students to go to a hospital for non-life-threatening concerns. Later in the month, the school became one of three schools, the other two being EA and Hialeah Middle, to be enrolled into the Afterschool Nutrition Program. In May 2012, the school received a grant from the National Wildlife Federation, which was used to initialize the planting of the school's native arboretum. In May 2013, the CED visited MAST.
The 2013-2014 school year marked the first school year in which both the middle and high schools were converted to a whole magnet school. The school has maintained a relatively small population since its transition to a magnet, to offer its students a richer one-on-one learning experience; the founding senior Class of 2015 includes just 50 students. During the school year, the school's Green Club hosted an Earth Day celebration which involved planting trees, mulching grass, and collecting trash. In the 2014-2015 school year, an aquaponics lab began being maintained at the school. The lab, like the arboretum, is used for research. Later in the school year, a Silver Knight mascot was introduced. José Martí MAST would also be granted an AP Capstone program, set to begin during the 2015-16 school year. The school was also selected and featured by the local NBC station's "Brag About Your School" Initiative during 2014.
Awards & Honors
In the 2012-13 school year and again in 2013-2014, MAST was named a Merit School of Excellence. This award placed Jose Martí MAST in the top 1% of Magnet Schools in the country. In 2013, Jose Martí MAST had seven students place 1st to 3rd in several categories for the Youth Crime Watch of Miami-Dade County, FL Poster and Essay Contests. Several students from the school would be recognized through the same competition in 2015. In 2013, Yenny Dieguez, then a student at the school was awarded the Innovative Engineering Second Award from the National Society of Professional Engineers at the State Science and Engineering Fair and placed second at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, AZ. For the 2013-2014 school year, several students earned perfect scores on the statewide FCAT exam.
During the 2014-15 school year, two of the school's middle schools were selected by Local 10 as two of five finalists for their Eco-Hero Contest. Justine, of the school's two finalists, was named the winner of the contest on April 22, 2015.
As the MAST (Mathematics and Science Technology) name implies, the school centers its focus around mathematics and science classes, or STEM classes.
Martí MAST integrates and combines the middle school and high school into one building. The high school has three academies for its students to choose from: the Life Science Academy, the Physical Science Academy, and Mathematics/Computer Science.
The school collaborates with several organizations, universities, and partners such as Florida International University, Zoo Miami, and the LARC Technical Institute. The school is a "No Excuses University" school, as well, having even visited Florida International University as part of FIU and McDonald's initiative.
Since the 2001-02 school year, José Martí Middle was consistent in scoring a "C" grade, achieving the grade 8 out of 12 years. The school became a "B" school under Mr. Lorenzo Ladaga's administration in the 2002-2003 school year. Jose Marti Middle School became an "A" school during the 2005-2006 school year under Principal Jose Bueno.
In the short history of the MAST Academy, the school has never achieved a school grade lower than an "A ".
The Green Club at the school has planted and maintained a native arboretum, which includes 38 species of trees, shrubs, and grasses. The Fairchild Challenge is also a component of the school's Green Club. Additionally, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden partnered with the school in order to conduct the Million Orchid Project.  The project is meant to re-establish the Cyrtopodium punctatum, commonly known as the Florida Cowhorn orchid. On occasion, QR codes and digital devices have been utilized for research in the arboretum. Although not officially listed as a club, the school's aquaponics lab has also been used for research. The effect of Tilapia waste on the fertilization of plants has been one research topic in the lab.
The school offers a wide range of clubs including science, mathematics, nature, and art related clubs. The following is a full list of the extracurricular clubs offered for students at the school.
- Art Club
- Chi Alpha Mu (MS-only)
- Debate Club (HS-only)
- Future Educators of America
- Green Club/Fairchild Tropical Gardens Challenge
- Key Club (HS-only)
- Knights of the Realm Chess League
- Mu Alpha Theta (HS-only)
- National Honor Society (HS-only)
- National Junior Honor Society (MS-only)
- No Excuses University
- Odyssey of the Mind
- Science Club (MS-only)
- SECME (HS-only)
- Spanish Honor Society (HS-only)
- Spectrum Club
- STEM Club (HS-only)
- Student Government Association
- Technology Education Club
- Women of Tomorrow (HS-only)
In the 2014-2015 school year, the school introduced middle school athletics. Among the sports offered are:
Notable people associated with Martí MAST
- José Enriquez, Jr., principal; 2006–present
- Ivette Diaz-Rubio, assistant principal
- Sofia Buttacavoli, assistant principal
- Tombi Bell, physical education teacher, former WNBA player
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