Committed to individual and artistic exploration, Marin School of the Arts is an inclusive and supportive specialized arts program within Novato High School. We promote and respect self-expression, artistic risktaking, a wide range of ideas, and diversity in all its forms.
In a time of isolation, competition, and standardization, it’s our mission to engage, inspire, and empower through the arts.
We connect and collaborate across disciplines and communities so that our students use their passion and creativity to impact one another, other students at Novato High School, and the wider community around them.
See our students shine in this short clip from our Showcase in Place event last spring—bringing to life our programs and the work of our students and teachers.
“MSA has provided me with so many amazing opportunities. Without the peers, teachers, and faculty, I wouldn’t be prepared to enter arts school. MSA hasn’t just impacted my future, it has made my future possible. There aren’t words that can describe how grateful I am for that.”
Academy of Art University
Awarded Full Scholarship
Founder Mark Peabody's legacy
When MSA was founded at Novato High School in 2003, Founder Mark Peabody thought students in the fledgling program needed a symbol to rally behind. With the help of founding parent and MSA Office Manager Annie Hartje, the top contender became the little-known serval—a small member of the cat family, the serval is a cross between a lynx and a house cat. When asked, “Uh, why the serval, Mark?” he explained, “The serval is graceful, like our dancers; beautiful with its bold markings, like our artists; stealthy and quick to charge in, like our performers. And, the serval is largely unknown, but intriguing, like MSA itself.”