Albemarle High School Math, Engineering & Science Academy
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Albemarle High School Math, Engineering & Science Academy, or MESA, is a 4-year program designed to prepare students for college-level math, science, or engineering coursework. Students entering the 9th grade in Albemarle County schools must have completed Algebra I and Geometry and fill out a 3-page application to be considered.  The application consists of two short essay questions, a personal statement, and three letters of recommendation. MESA accepts no more than 55 ninth graders each year. 
MESA's mission is to "educate a cross-section of students with a variety of interests and strengths, to infuse traditional school curricula with real world problem-solving, collaboration and inquiry-based learning, and to prepare the engineers, researchers, inventors and entrepreneurs of the 21st century."  Created to address a declining interest in engineering, the MESA Academy was a $14 million dollar project that constructed a state-of-the-art classroom space for students located in Albemarle High School. Students enrolled in MESA are taken through a curriculum which blends math and science together. 
MESA is located on the second floor of Albemarle High School at at 2775 Hydraulic Road.
- Web. MESA Questions & Answers, Albemarle County Public Schools, retrieved February 24, 2012.
- Web. MESA Applications and Forms, Albemarle County Public Schools, retrieved February 24, 2012.
- Web. Math, Engineering & Science Academy, Albemarle County Public Schools, retrieved February 24, 2012.
- Web. Albemarle high ready to roll out MESA program, Sharon C. Fitzgerald, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, August 24, 2009, retrieved February 24, 2012.
- Web. Albemarle school division to move two academies to Center II, Katherine Knott, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, January 17, 2020, retrieved January 19, 2020. Print. January 17, 2020 page A1.