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About Us

The Lawndale HS Marine Science Academy (MSA) is a small learning community comprised of experienced, enthusiastic faculty with a variety of marine science backgrounds and of students interested in pursuing science in college or in a technical trade career within the science field.

MSA Leadership Team Teachers:

: Thomas Day
Work Based Learning: Minh Huynh
Community/Parent Outreach: Cesar Renteria
Student Activities: Kim Irons
Student Adviser: Jilleen Sargent
Counselor: Susanne Shultze
Administrator: Eugene Kwong

Career Pathways

In order for MSA students to be better prepared for a career in marine science, they will be able to:
1. access an advanced education applicable to a modern world
2. develop internal motivation and leadership skills
3. prepare for college and meaningful careers
4. develop a personal sense of confidence
5. develop an understanding of and an appreciation for the marine environment
6. gain technological expertise
7. develop teamwork and communication skills
8. gain workplace experience in marine science fields
9. develop an awareness of marine-related community resources
10. maximize education and career opportunities

Industry Partnerships

MSA faculty are currently working to develop marine-related industry partnerships that will support and motivate our academy students. Some of our partnerships include:

Heal the Bay
CSULB Shark Lab
Roundhouse Aquarium
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Long Beach Aquarium
Dive and Surf
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Our Graduate Careers

MSA graduates are well-positioned to successfully compete for admission to two-year and four-year colleges and universities, especially the UC and CSU systems. For those students interested in a career in the marine sciences, college or another form of post-high school education or training is necessary. Marine science careers include the fields of marine biology, oceanography and ocean engineering. Marine science may also extend into areas of education, communication, economics, business or sea-going careers, for example, filmmaker, photographer, marine archaeologist, commercial diver, marine veterinarian, marine historian, aquaculturist, dive instructor, captain or mate on a ocean-going cargo vessel, ecotourism guide or park ranger. The list is a long one; the possibilities are endless.
Regardless of the differences in marine science careers, the people who work in these fields share a common love for the marine environment, a respect for the ocean and a keen sense of curiosity.