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The Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Schools Program at Dominican University of California is starting its first year serving the students of Marin County. Statewide, MESA is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Since 1970, MESA has encouraged many students—especially those from underserved populations—to learn about math, engineering, and science in new and exciting ways!

MESA Schools Program

The MESA Schools Program (MSP) is one of three branches of MESA, serving middle and senior high school students with the help of local centers throughout California. It has grown to serve over 350 schools statewide and the California MSP has served as a national model for similar academic programs in many other states.

Dominican's MSP Center

With the support from the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Marin Community Foundation, the program will be serving about 80 students in grades 6–12 from participating school sites in Marin County. This program partners with principles, teachers, administrators, school district officials and industry representatives.



  • Individual Academic Plans. The plans help MSP counselors to monitor individual student progress.
  • 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 Academies. Students follow MESA-developed curriculum that reinforce California State Standards to build hands-on projects and enter these projects in rigorous competitions.
  • 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.

Our Mission

To promote math and science education for disadvantaged and underrepresented middle school and high school students so they can excel academically and become competitively eligible for the most rigorous colleges and universities. Our hope is for the MESA students served through Dominican University to go on to serve their families and communities in a variety of math and science-based careers.



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