Math, Engineering & Science Academy

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Updated Nov 24, 2020
Our Mission Statement: 

The Albemarle County Public Schools Math, Engineering & Science Academy will educate a cross-section of students demographically representative of the students in ACPS 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.

  • ​​This year there will be no applications for the MESA academy or any of the academies in Albemarle County. Instead there will be a way to show your interest and then names will be drawn from the pool of names. This is true for rising 9th graders and rising 11th graders. For most rising 9th graders you should be in algebra I or geometry in 9th grade.  To join us your junior year, students must be ready to take AP or dual enrollment calculus and AP Physics 1. If you have already completed these classes then you have met the science co-requisite.  11th graders need to also be taking, or have finished, either dual or AP calculus.  The interest form is located here, Space is limited due to staffing and physical space but we looking to expand. Offers of admission will be based on a lottery using the names of the individuals who filled out the form. Every academy is running a separate lottery. Each academy uses this same form to generate its list. If you wish to sign up for more than one academy, you will have to fill out the form again indicating a different academy. It is the same form for rising 9th and 11th graders. Filling out the form multiple times for the same academy will not increase the chances of getting selected.

  • The form must be filled out by Friday, 11:59 PM, January 29, 2021.

  • Student will receive and email regarding their admission status a week later.

  • Students will then have a week to decide.

  • In the past, all of the academies had "Open Houses." Due to the pandemic, the academies will have interest meetings via Zoom instead. The remaining interest meeting is Dec 3rd from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Click here to register for the meeting, Once registered, you will receive a Zoom link the day before the meeting. Click on the Zoom link that is sent in your email to join us. The meeting will have MESA students, and staff to answer your questions.


Math Engineering and Science Academy

Albemarle High School
2775 Hydraulic Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22901​