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 skills.

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.

MSA Family Tours

In the Fall semester, MSA offers students with their parent or guardian an opportunity to sign up for a number of Family Tours of MSA classes and the NHS campus to better understand the breadth of our program offerings. Tours are available on a first come, first served basis. We are unable to accommodate individual tours. It is not necessary to tour in order to apply to MSA programs. If you have specific program question or require further program information please contact

Sign up Now for 7th grade student Shadow Day.

Current 7th grade students may now sign up for our May 17 Shadow Day. This is for students entering 8th grade next school year who want to learn more one MSA program now. Please click here to sign up to shadow a program of interest.

MSA Family Tours 2019-20 for are now closed.

The MSA Tour experience

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.

If you have already signed up for a Tour, please note tours begin at 9:30am in the Novato High School Library with a brief information session with MSA, 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 prospective students decide on specific preferences. Time is also made available for participants’ questions and answers before the tour concludes by 1:00pm.

A reservation must be made to attend an MSA Family Tour Day. Due to scheduling issues, “drop in” tours are not available. MSA will schedule a tour for interested families of 7th grade students in the Spring semester.

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

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

Please email 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.

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

After taking a tour of MSA program offerings, students have an opportunity to request a more in-depth experience by shadowing a student in specific MSA class(es) as permitted by school calendar. Shadow Days will not be available after mid-December due to end of semester testing and Winter Break. Reservation information for Student Shadow Days is sent directly to families after they have taken an MSA Family Tour.