Historical Picture


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:

  1. A summer math program that helps 8th grade students become fully prepared for Algebra 1 by 9th grade.
  2. An after-school tutoring program designed to help these same students maintain high performance while they take Algebra 1.
  3. 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.