MSA Shadow Days

MSA Shadow Day


MSA provides a number of 8th grade shadow days in the Fall/Winter for 8th grade students and their families considering applying for admission to the program for the following school year. Prospective students are paired with current MSA students who are studying in the area of interest(s) applicants indicate they are interested in. Shadows attend both MSA and academic classes with their MSA student guides. A pizza lunch is provided for Shadow students. If a shadow student has food sensitivities it is recommended that they pack a lunch.

Families MUST make a reservation for their student to attend a Shadow Day, due to space constraints no “drop in” students can be accommodated. We recommend that reservations be made at least 4-6 weeks in advance to your desired Shadow Day date. Students may only attend one shadow day.

Parents are also invited to attend a morning information session with current MSA and NHS administrators on their student’s Shadow Day. The session is followed by a tour of all MSA classes in session; parents can attend both a morning and afternoon tour.

Sign up here for a 2017-18 Shadow Day.

When signing up your students for an MSA Shadow Day:

  • Please complete the entire request form.
  • Students may apply for a maximize three program areas. However, students may not be able to shadow all three areas on their Shadow Day, as class schedules may overlap. If selecting multiple program interests, please email ( to provide your students top program preferences.
  • Once you have submitted your reservation you will receive an automatic reply confirming that your reservation has been received.
  • Due to technical constraints, your confirmation email will not include your Shadow Day date; please make note of the date you have selected. 

If there is no date showing on the Shadow Day reservation system it means there are currently no reservation dates available. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer additional dates once our Shadow Days are full, so please make your reservation early. We encourage all applications and it is not necessary to Shadow MSA in order to apply.

If there are any questions, please email Please visit the Admission pages to familiarize yourself and your prospective student with the application process, as well as the audition and/or portfolio requirements for each MSA program area.