How MSA Works
As a specialized program within the Novato High School, MSA offers students who are passionate about the arts the benefits of a traditional high school with strong academics combined with college-level arts training. MSA students participate in two MSA class periods as part of their Novato High School curriculum; their remaining four to five daily class periods are in academic classes, physical education and other clubs and programs offered at at the school.
Novato High School offers a rich curriculum including Honors and Advanced Placement classes, Latin, French and Spanish, as well as the opportunity to attend college or online classes, as scheduling permits.
With 514 students attending MSA in the 2016-17 school year and the potential for further growth in coming years, MSA is a thriving community within the Novato High School campus. Over 25 percent of students come from outside of Novato, commuting from all over Marin and Sonoma counties. A handful of students commute from the East Bay, as well. MSA endeavors to assist MSA families with carpool arrangements by providing families with contact information by zip code locations at the beginning of each school year.