About MESA


MESA Schools Program - SJSU

Established in 1970, the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Schools Program continues to help excite, motivate, and prepare students in California for their STEM careers. The MESA Schools Program has been on the San Jose State University campus since 1979 to serve the students from 6th – 12th grade in Silicon Valley, helping students who are under-represented and educationally disadvantaged to become engineers, scientists and other math-based professionals needed by Silicon Valley industry.

Most MESA students are first in their families to attend college, low-income and attend schools that are in need of support services.

With MESA’s support, students excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies – some of the most difficult academic subjects.


MESA Students Succeed with:

  • Academic support based on high standards

  • Individual counseling to ensure that college prerequisites and transfer/college graduation requirements are met.

  • Industry involvement in activities and strategic planning

  • Reinforcement of California math and science standards through hands-on projects and group learning.

  • College & Career Explorations

  • Student Leadership

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Hands-on Workshops

  • MESA Day Competitions

  • Teacher Math/Science Training


  • 96% of MESA high school graduates go on to four-year institutions, compared to 69.7% of all high school graduates

  • 72% of MESA graduating high school seniors go on to attend college and major in a STEM field

  • Over 80% of MESA students are taking high-level math (Geometry or above.)

  • 96% of MESA graduating high school seniors graduate with a GPA above 3.0.

  • MESA class of 2018 took 202 math and 119 science classes throughout their high school careers (including Summer).

  • 98% of MESA graduating high school seniors graduate from an East Side Union High School District.