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MSA Awards Night

Congratulations to our seniors!

The NHS Gordon Gym was packed Thursday, May 24, for MSA Awards Night. Seniors received their MSA certificates and stoles (worn during Novato High School graduation ceremonies) and the MSA Sparky Award was awarded to Chloe Winnet, MSA Theatre, for her leadership and positive spirit both in and out of the classroom.

The Marin School of the Arts Foundation raises over $400,000 annually in support of MSA programs that the Novato Unified School District is unable to provide. Thanks to an involved community and volunteer support, the foundation enhances and sustains the quality of education for all MSA students.

MSA is a specialized program within Novato High School. MSA Admissions are through an application process followed by an audition/portfolio review.  MSA students have daily MSA arts classes and Novato High School academic classes.


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MSA Films at Lark Film Festival

Congratulations to the three MSA Cinematic Arts student films accepted into the 3rd Annual Student Filmmakers Showcase this Friday, May 25, at the Lark Theatre in Larkspur. The MSA films included for consideration include Wilted, by MSA seniors Chadd Alciati and Ethan Paisley, Who I Used to Know, by Aidan Zahn and Owen Nelson and Arty, by Georgia Lee, Karli Goodman, Grace Nakashima and Monica Singh. The top three films will earn significant prize money.

MSA swept the adjudicated festival last year, with Cinematic Arts films winning first (Collision), second (Paperboy) and third place (Selene’s Boat). We wish this year’s MSA participants the best of luck!

The county-wide student film festival features short films from Marin County’s top high school filmmakers and is hosted by the Lark Theater and the City of Larkspur May 25 at 7pm.

Winner of the 3rd Annual Film Challenge

Seniors Explain What Makes MSA Special

About the School

Marin School of the Arts (MSA) is an award-winning arts program within Novato High School, a top performing public high school offering challenging and innovative academic programs as well as outstanding athletic and club offerings.

MSA gives talented and motivated students from across the North Bay and beyond the chance to study with top arts professionals in their fields. As part of a public high school, MSA can offer quality arts programs to a greater variety of young artists. MSA provides college-level arts study in a variety of arts disciplines, which results in students gaining a higher skill set in their studies as well as greater confidence in their abilities. MSA teaches young artists how to follow through on commitments, how to multitask and how to rise to extreme challenges while developing thier individuality and self-identity.

As part of a public high school, MSA is an affordable and cost-effective program which encourages a greater diversity of talented young artists. The school attracts students from across Marin and Sonoma counties as well as students traveling from as far away as San Francisco and Vallejo. This mix encourages a dynamic community of young artists sharing ideas, experiences and projects.