Our services

Career and College Exploration

Guest speakers and field trips show students different college and career options.

In Class Models/ MESA Club

Students enroll in a MESA math and/or science class at their school. Within the classroom the MESA teacher incorporates hands-on math and science projects to supplement the regular class curriculum. With the help of the MESA Teacher and MESA Staff, students complete STEM related activities and college prep.


A celebration of students’ innovation, hard work, and interest in STEM fields. MESA Day provides a fun and exciting opportunity for middle and high school students to design and engineer projects, compete against their peers, and learn by doing.



Parent Leadership Development

Parents learn how to become effective advocates for their children’s academic success.

Saturday Academy

One Saturday per month from October through May, Saturday Academy gives students a chance to learn from the UW faculty, who also design the curriculum. The topic this year is Marine Biology.


Last year, we awarded over $12,000 in scholarships to college-bound seniors in the MESA program.

Summer Math Scholars

Program that focuses on math and this year, the NESSP Rocketry and Solar System Exploration curriculum! (more…)

Teacher Training Opportunities

Annual institutes are offered for MESA pre-college teachers to learn hands-on curriculum and new techniques for teaching math and science.


Seattle MESA Scholarship 2018

Information & Application Application: https://goo.gl/forms/ewkKUXtDBcMng3Qc2 This year Seattle MESA will award over $10,000 to graduating high school seniors who have participated in MESA programs. These scholarships are made possible with support from our partners at the Russell Family Foundation, Boeing, Weyerhaeuser, and Tabor 100–we thank them for their generosity and support of our students. Scholarship recipients […]

MLK Scholarship Day: Dreaming in Action!

The purpose of this event is to support students in their scholarship/internship application essays at whatever stage they might be at. We will have 3 rotation sessions: *Research for scholarships tips and timelines*Brainstorming maps and outlines*Writing/Editing your scholarship/internship essay This is open to all Seattle MESA students. If you are already working on an essay, […]

MESA Club @ UW-Seattle

At UW-Seattle, we’ve met a couple of MESA Alumni and some students have reached out to us to help start a MESA Club at UW. Plan: Info Session When: Nov. 16, Thursday at 6pm-7:30 Where: Allen Library: Research Commons: Red A What: We’ll have food and then a brainstorm session on what a MESA Club […]


1982-83: The MESA high school academic year program began in Seattle.

1984:  Washington State approves funding to expand this program to other areas in Washington.

1993:  Mayor Norman B. Rice proclaims May 6, 1993 “MESA Day”.

2003:  Seattle MESA pioneered the 9th Grade Bridge program. The “Bridge” consists of three elements:

♦ A summer math program that helps 8th grade students become fully prepared for Algebra 1 by 9th grade.

♦ An after-school tutoring program designed to help these same students maintain high performance while they take Algebra 1.

♦ A Saturday Academy program that introduces high school Seattle MESA students to STEM fields and careers during day-long immersion sessions held once per month.

2012:  More than 1,100 students have participated in 9th Grade Bridge.

2013:  The first Saturday Academy begins.

About Us

Seattle MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement); provides middle and high school students — as well as their teachers and parents — innovative, hands-on opportunities in mathematics, basic and applied science, and engineering in both formal and informal settings. With a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) focus, we successfully target underrepresented minorities and women. We also seek to provide this support and enrichment to at-risk and economically disadvantaged youth.


The Seattle MESA mission is to engage a diverse group of students in STEM activities that connect mathematics and science fundamentals to the real world, provide valuable hands-on experience, and show a range of STEM career paths through college and beyond.


Seattle MESA envisions a vibrant, inclusive STEM community of career professionals in greater Seattle that influences how we work, think, and live more responsibly on the land and in the community.

What We Do

Seattle MESA helps students at middle and senior high schools excel in math and science, and become competitively eligible for nation’s the most rigorous colleges and universities. Seattle MESA partners with teachers, administrators, school district officials, and industry representatives to provide this academic enrichment model. Students are selected to participate in Seattle MESA through a process that involves teachers at participating schools and MESA personnel.

Our Team

Our Partners

The success of the Seattle MESA Program hinges on broad-based support from its local partners, including business and industry, school districts, universities, professional societies, private foundations, community organizations, and individuals. Through its partners, Seattle MESA receives financial, legislative, and in-kind support for programs and capacity building.
Fordham Street Foundation
United Way
Mukilteo Schools
Russell Family Foundation
Seattle Public Schools

Donor List

Seattle MESA also wants to thank our anonymous donors whose continued support enable to provide STEM based services throughout the Puget Sound region.