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 2022-23 school year will open the first week of November. Please review the process steps and audition/portfolio guidelines below.

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Parent/Guardian Fills out Online MSA Student Information Form.

This is the student’s master application record, including the student’s program interests. The form will be posted the first week of November.

IMPORTANT: If applying from outside of Novato, you must apply for an Inter District Transfer. Contact msa@nusd.org for information.

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Student Completes Online Program Application(s).

Program application links are provided once the Student Information Form is submitted. Students may apply for up to three program areas and must complete at least one. Applications will be reviewed by MSA program faculty.

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Student Prepares Portfolio/Audition materials.

Follow the guidelines to audition for your program(s) of interest.

Please see links to guidelines for each program below. You may email program faculty for questions or clarification at addresses provided on the above page.

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Attend Audition and Portfolio Interviews.

Program applicants will be contacted via email to schedule their audition/interview date. Students who apply to multiple programs will audition/interview for each program to which they have submitted applications.

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Admission Status Notifications Mailed.

Admissions letters mailed in envelopes individually designed by an MSA student artists—a time-honored MSA tradition. Letters will include notification of the MSA placement offers.

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Submit Letter of Intent.

To accept your admission invitation and guarantee placement, your Letter of Intent must be returned to the MSA Office by this date. This is also the deadline for Inter District Transfer approvals for students applying from outside Novato Unified School District.

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 is offering limited-capacity Family Tours to give prospective students and their parent 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 tour dates.

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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