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 and prepare underrepresented minorities, women and economically at risk students to successfully pursue STEM related degrees and careers.


To prepare underrepresented students (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, women, and economically disadvantaged) for higher education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


We will end “under” representation in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields through education, opportunities, and partnerships.

What We Do

Seattle MESA helps K-12 students 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.

History of Seattle MESA

  • 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.

Special Thanks

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