MSA Tours/Shadows


Wind Ensemble Class in session.
Advanced MSA Dance during weekly ballet lessons.

Get to Know MSA

Marin School of the Arts is a vibrant community of artists, thinkers and innovators who explore and grow together in a dynamic public high school. With 10 different arts programs to choose from and a faculty of professional artists,  there is something for everyone at MSA. Students are part of a family at MSA. We take a holistic approach to arts education and offer students a chance to collaborate, develop artistically and gain confidence in their skils.

MSA students push themselves creatively in a supportive environment, share a common passion for the arts and develop talents that are essential during and after high school, such as critical thinking, confidence and perseverance.

Tour Schedule:                SIGN UP HERE

  • September 27 – FULL
  • October 11 – FULL
  • October 25 – FULL
  • November 1 – FULL
  • November 29 – FULL
  • December 6 – FULL
  • December 13

See MSA Classes in Action

Family Tours of MSA classes and the Novato High School campus are offered as a first step for prospective students and their parents to find out more about course offerings and the overall, MSA experience.

A number of tour days are schedules in the Fall semester, prior to the admission application deadline. MSA Family Tours begin at 9:30am in the Novato High School Library with a brief information session with MSA and NHS administrators, followed by a tour of MSA classes in session.

Tours will include visits to several visual and performing arts classrooms to experience the breadth of the MSA experience and help incoming students decide on specific preferences. Time is also made available for participants questions and answers before the tour concludes at 1:00pm.

A reservation must be made to attend an MSA Family Tour Day. Due to scheduling issues, “drop in” tours are not available. We recommend that reservations be made early.

Students proudly display their finished Mad Hatter artwork in the NHS/MSA Art Garden.

Sign up for a Family Tour of MSA

Please complete the MSA Tour Request form to complete your reservation request online. Make sure that your click “submit” at the bottom of the form. Contact MSA Office Manager Terri Baum for questions, more information about MSA programs or information about the 2019-20 application process.

When requesting a Family Tour Day:

  • Please complete the entire request form.
  • Once you have submitted your reservation request you will receive an email confirming that your form has been received.
  • Due to technical constraints, your confirmation email will not include your Tour Date, please make note of your reservation date when submitting your form.

Does your student want to sign up for an MSA Shadow Day?

After taking a tour of all program offerings, students will have an opportunity to request a more in-depth experience by shadowing a student in specific MSA class(es). Reservation information for Student Shadow Days will be available to families after they have taken an MSA Family Tour.

It is not necessary to tour or shadow MSA in order to apply to our programs.

Please email msa@nusd.org if you have further questions. Click on the links to find more information about MSA programsthe MSA application process, as well as MSA audition and portfolio requirements.