frequently asked questions

HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE THERE AT THE ACADEMY?
We currently accept 20 middle school students and 20 high school students.

AM I GOOD ENOUGH TO GET IN?
The best way to find out is to audition and to schedule a campus visit and meeting with the admissions office.  Remember, we are a training school.  All students come here to learn.  It is important that you demonstrate professionalism, an eagerness to learn and a passion for continued growth.

DO I HAVE TO PLAN ON BEING A PROFESSIONAL ARTIST AFTER GRADUATION?
No.  Many MSA students pursue careers outside the arts after graduation. Arts education is a critical element of every human being and will benefit you in any career field you decide to pursue.  We will prepare all of our students with a well-rounded education that gives students many career, college and post secondary options. The education you receive and the experiences you gain during your time at MSA Academy will provide a solid foundation for a successful future in any career choice.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISSED THE JANUARY 31 APPLICATION DEADLINE?
After the January 31 deadline, we accept applications on a rolling basis;  we will offer enrollment if space is available.

CAN I APPLY AS A SOPHOMORE, JUNIOR or SENIOR?
Yes. You are welcome to apply for any grade.

WHERE IS THE ACADEMY LOCATED?
The MSA Academy is located in Alexandria, VA in the vibrant Kingstowne community.

HOW DO STUDENTS BALANCE THE ARTS & ACADEMIC SCHEDULES?
Students are required to successfully complete both core academics and arts curriculums in order to graduate. Together with their distance learning partners, school faculty and staff work to help students create and pursue learning and training opportunities that both meet program requirements but also incorporate the interests of each individual student.  These opportunities may sometimes overlap, connecting students’ academic work with their passion for the arts.

DO STUDENTS RECEIVE HELP WITH THE COLLEGE SEARCH PROCESS?
Experienced faculty members and staff both on-site at and via our partnered distance learning community are available to support and guide our students through finding and applying for the programs that are the best fit for them.

DO YOU OFFER ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) CLASSES?
Metropolitan School of the Arts has a variety of Advanced Placement courses available via the online distance learning partnership program. Students who take and pass the Advanced Placement exam may qualify for college credit or placement exemptions.