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MESA Works!

Since 1970, the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement Program, or MESA, has been working to increase the number of underpresented, socioeconomic and educationally disadvantaged students that achieve careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics careers. MESA is a nationally recognized program and is currently present in 12 states. California is the largest MESA state and also home to the first ever MESA program, a collaboration between UC Berkeley and Oakland Technical HS back in 1970. Visit the California MESA website to learn more about the history of MESA

In San Diego, MESA has been serving middle and high school students since 1994. Currently we serve 13 middle school and 12 high school programs with approximately 700+ students. The program is under the College of Engineering at San Diego State University and is also part of the San Diego MESA Alliance, a coalition of 5 MESA centers in San Diego. Together with support of local industry anc community partners, San Diego MESA continues to bridge the achievement gap of educationally disadvantaged students and creating leaders for today's and tomorrow's STEM workforce.

List of Schools Serviced

 Middle Schools


  • Challenger
  • Del Dios
  • Discovery Charter
  • Keiller Leadership
  • Granger Jr. High
  • Millenial Tech
  • Montgomery
  • Mueller Charter
  • O'Farrell Middle
  •  Roosevelt 
  • Vista La Mesa


High Schools


  • Del Lago
  • e3 Civic
  • Granger High
  • Helix
  • Hoover
  • Kearny
  • Lincoln
  • Morse 
  • O'Farrell High
  • San Diego High
  • Sweetwater
  • Trade Tech 


Contact Us

Mailing Address:
5250 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182
Mail Code: 1833
Physical Address:
6495 Alvarado Road, Suite 101
San Diego, CA 92120
Office Fax: (619) 594-0253
Program Director: Luis Topete
(619) 594-0299
Coordinator: Priscilla León
Regarding Special Projects/Opportunities 

 Coordinator: Tina Araujo
 Regarding Program Matters