MESA Programs

MESA partners with local teachers to provide quality STEM curriculum and instruction that prepares underrepresented students for STEM careers in the 21st century. Washington state MESA enriched curriculum ensures rigor, relevance and responsiveness in support of the next generation science standards. A strong focus is placed on project-based learning with the goal of inspiring students to see themselves as mathematicians, scientists and engineers. 

The MESA College Prep Program offers:

  • MESA Math or Science Enrichment Class. These classes are designed to provide additional learning opportunities in an existing middle or high school math or science class. The MESA enrichment activities are chosen to complement the schools’ curriculum and to provide a broader context for student experience and learning.
  • MESA after school clubs. These classes are held after the school day, and allow advisors (usually math or science teachers) to work with students on academics and MESA activities. This class is project oriented and includes research, oral and technical presentations.
  • Tutoring, SAT and PSAT. Engineers, scientists and colleges students serve as tutors and mentors for MESA students. Students work with tutors to review and prepare for SAT and PSAT tests and they learn the most effective techniques for academic achievement.
  • Study skills training. MESA students have the opportunity to learn in independent study groups. These groups are organized and supervised by MESA advisors, and they provide a supportive environment for effective learning.
  • MESA Day Academies. These academies prepare MESA students for hands-on math and science competitions at local and regional levels. They give students the opportunity to meet like-minded students and vie for awards.
  • Field Trips. MESA students have contact with engineering and science professionals through field trips and classroom visits. These include visits to industrial sites, research centers, universities, engineering firms, computer centers and other locations where engineers, scientists and technical professionals are employed.
  • Scholarship Incentive Awards. Students who maintain B+ averages in advance-level preparatory mathematics, science and English courses can earn scholarship support while still in high school.
  • Summer Math Scholars Program. This is a two-to-five week program designed to engage high school students in STEM project-based learning while also giving them the opportunity to explore a local college campus (WSU Vancouver).
  • Career and college exploration. Guest speakers and field trips show students different college and career options.
  • Teacher Development Opportunities. MESA offers professional development opportunities to Vancouver teachers. They learn using a hands-on approach and develop new techniques and strategies to engage students in math and science. Professional development opportunities introduce and support teachers in project-based learning and culturally responsive teaching.
  • Individual Academic Plans (IAP). The plans help K-12 advisors and counselors plan and monitor individual student progress.