“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ― John Muir
 2015 School That Shines Award Winner

What is MESA?

MESA offers a unique opportunity to students in grades 6-8 to complete their middle school years in an experiential setting. Through a rigorous, ecology-based curriculum, students will develop 21st century skills. The objective of the program is to give students the opportunity to learn about their surrounding environment; to be introduced to the state curriculum standards through authentic experiences that bring standards to life; and to provide personal growth opportunities creating a culture of leadership and teamwork. Students will design, organize, and implement activities and programs which will enhance district schools and our surrounding towns. 

Learning that is considered "experiential" contains the following elements:

  1. Reflection, critical analysis and synthesis
  2. Opportunities for students to take initiative, make decisions, and be accountable for the results
  3. Opportunities for students to engage intellectually, creatively, emotionally, socially, or physically
  4. A designed learning experience that includes the possibility to learn from natural consequences, mistakes, and successes

Located near wetlands, forests and fields, MESA is perfectly situated for place-based education. Place-based education is the process of using the local community and environment as a starting point to teach concepts in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and other subjects across the curriculum. Emphasizing real-world learning experiences, this approach to education increases academic achievement, helps students develop stronger ties to their community, enhances students’ appreciation for the natural world, and creates a heightened commitment to serving as active, contributing citizens. Community vitality and environmental quality are improved through the active engagement of local citizens, community organizations, and environmental resources in the life of the school.

To download an application, go to the Information tab above. Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are due April 30th. Parents are encouraged to start the process as soon as possible. 

Email us: mesa@msad72.org

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Who is MESA?