Applying to MSA

As a community within Novato High School, we are proud of both our Novato High School Hornets and our Marin School of the Arts Servals. In the MSA community, we value creativity, passion, hard work, and diversity. Our MSA admission process reflects our desire to continually develop our MSA identity as talented and committed artist scholars.

Admission to Marin School of the Arts at Novato High School is through an application and audition review process. Students are accepted from all areas of Marin, Sonoma, and surrounding counties.

Prospective students and their families are invited to participate in activities that help families understand the breadth and depth of our program offerings, including MSA Family Tours and program events.

Applications will be reviewed by faculty, who will then conduct auditions and/or portfolio reviews. We are an inclusive community open to all—regardless of socio-economic standing, race, gender, or personal beliefs.

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Steps For Applying to MSA

We are looking for students who are passionate about their art form—it is not necessary for applicants to have previous professional training.

Admissions for the 2023-24 school year will open October 15.

IMPORTANT NOTES: Our application and audition time line will be updated soon.

If applying from out of district applicants begin their Inter District Transfer application as soon as possible with Novato Unified School District. MSA cannot offer placement until that process is complete. Transfers are not binding until a student accepts placement at Novato High School/MSA.

 

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Parent/Guardian Fills out Online MSA Student Information Form.

Admissions are now open for Fall 2023

Parents or guardian please begin your application with the form linked below.

STUDENT INFORMATION FORM

IMPORTANT: families who live outside of Novato will need to complete an Inter District Transfer process with Novato Unified School District. Instructions will be sent based on your Student Information Form.

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Student Completes Online Program Application(s).

Program applications links are provided once the Student Information Form is submitted. Students may apply for up to three programs and must complete at least one.

Program applications go directly to MSA faculty and give a sense of the prospective students interests and experience.

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Student Prepares Portfolio/Audition materials.

Students are encouraged to prepare early for their admissions meeting with faculty. Guidelines are available for all MSA program(s) of interest.

Please see links to guidelines for each program below. Note: guidelines may be updated by Oct. 15, 2022, but will still provide a good reference for preparations. You may also email program faculty for questions or clarification using the emails linked on program guideline pages.

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Attend Audition and Portfolio Interviews.

Applicants will be contacted via email to schedule their interview date. Students who apply to multiple programs will interview for each program separately.

Dance auditions will be scheduled separately, as they perform this weekend in the Center for the Arts.

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Admission Status Notifications Mailed.

Admissions letters will be mailed in envelopes individually designed by an MSA student artists—a time-honored MSA tradition. Students applying from outside of Novato will not receive admissions letters until their Inter District Transfer has been approved.

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Submit Letter of Intent.

Your Letter of Intent must be returned to the MSA Office by the date indicated on your form to guarantee placement.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I submit another program application at a later date?
YES! You may submit up to three program applications before the January deadline. If you already have three program applications and would like to drop one to add another, please contact Shannon Miller for assistance at smorganmiller@nusd.org.

Can I remove a program application?
YES! Please contact us if you no longer would like to apply/audition for a program.

Can I make changes to previously submitted forms?
YES! You have the ability to edit your applications online. Simply click the “Edit response” link at the bottom of your form to do so.

MSA Family
Tours

MSA Tours are closed for students seeking admission for 2022-23. Limited-capacity Family Tours to give prospective students and their parent or guardian an overview of all that MSA has to offer.

 

Please visit the MSA Tours page for more information.

Do You Have
Further Questions?

We are here to help with the process, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further assistance. Please allow 24-48 hours for response to inquiries.

Shannon Miller,
MSA Program Specialist

MSA Family
Tours

MSA offers Family Tours online to give prospective students and their parents or guardian an overview of all that MSA has to offer. We look forward to an opportunity to meet with you during one of our live online sessions.

Please visit the MSA Tours page for dates and more information.

Do You Have
Further Questions?

We are here to help with the process, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further assistance. Please allow 24-48 hours for response to inquiries.

Shannon Miller,
MSA Program Specialist

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