K-12 Programs

mentor with students at Seattle MESA Day 2012The K-12 Progam assists students at middle and senior high schools (and some elementary schools) so they excel in math and science and become competitively eligible for the most rigorous colleges and universities. The K-12 Program partners with teachers, administrators, school district officials and industry representatives to provide this academic enrichment model. Students are selected to participate in the K-12 Program through a process that involves teachers at participating schools and locally-based MESA personnel.

The K-12 Program offers:

  • Individual Academic Plans. The plans help K-12 counselors to monitor individual student progress.
  • MESA periods. These classes, held during the school day, allow Advisors (usually math or science teachers) to work with students on academics and MESA activities.
  • Summer Math Scholars. This is a three-week summer program designed to give incoming freshman a chance to start high school above grade level in their math class.
  • SAT/PSAT preparation. Students review and prepare for these important tests.
  • Study skills training. Students learn the most effective techniques for academic achievement.
  • MESA Day events. Hands-on math and science competitions at local and regional levels give students a chance to meet like-minded students and vie for awards.
  • Career and college exploration. Guest speakers and field trips show students different college and career options.
  • Parent leadership development. Parents learn how to become effective advocates for their children’s academic success.
  • Teacher training opportunities. Annual institutes are offered for MESA pre-college Advisors (teachers) to learn hands-on curriculum and new techniques to teach math and science.
  • Washington MESA Scholarship. Scholarships to support students in their pursuit of STEM college degrees.

For more information, contact Lucy Casale at lcasale4@uw.edu or (206) 616-0685.