About MSA


Marin School of the Arts at Novato High, is a specialized performing, visual arts and design program. MSA offers students, who are passionate about the arts, the benefits of a traditional high school with strong academics combined with college-level arts training.

MSA programs include:

  • Cinematic Arts
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Instrumental Music—Jazz Studies, Classical Studies, and Rock Bands
  • Theatre — Theatre Arts and Musical Theatre
  • Visual Arts—Painting & Drawing, Digital Arts & Animation, Photography, Sculpture & Ceramics
  • Vocal Music — Concert and Jazz Choirs
  • Product Design

Students are encouraged to develop their skills and passions in a supportive community with faculty who are also professional artists and innovators and a staff who believe that arts education is an essential aspect of a student’s development. Artistic collaborations are offered within and across programs, along with project-based learning, inspiring/relevant guest teachers and visiting artists. Taken together, Marin School of the Arts works to empower students to follow their dreams to become the next generation of thinkers, builders, creators and leaders.

The Daily MSA Experience

MSA students participate in two MSA program class periods each day as part of their Novato High School curriculum; their remaining four to five daily class periods include academic classes and athletics (as desired and/or required).

Novato High School offers a rich curriculum including honors and advanced placement courses. Languages including French, Spanish and a college-level Mandarin class are available on campus, as well as the opportunity to attend college or online classes, as scheduling permits, to fulfill all their academic requirements.

MSA Students have both a comprehensive high school experience, including all of the traditional  benefits of a large high school like homecoming and prom, student leadership opportunities and vibrant club offerings.

Student Demographics


MSA is a thriving community within the Novato High School comprising over a third of the student population. Nearly half of our students come from outside of Novato, including communities across Marin and Sonoma counties, as well as a number from the East Bay and beyond. Our administration encourages and assists with MSA student carpools at the beginning of each school year.

MSA students are Novato High School students and blend seamlessly with their NHS counterparts. While attending all academic classes and extracurricular activities,  a supportive environment is created in which individuality is respected and appreciated.

The support and friendships developed among students is apparent—many in MSA attend sporting events, dances and club events and MSA performances and events are well attended by NHS students.


MSA Student Population

Based on 2018-19 MSA enrollment.

• 119 Freshmen

• 153 Sophomores

• 112 Juniors

• 106 Seniors