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welcome to the school of your dreams!

The first [and only school of its kind] created for young artists.

Metropolitan School of the Arts is the Washington DC area’s only private secondary school dedicated to the balance of academics and the professional development of talented students in the performing arts.

The progressive, comprehensive, mastery-based high school curriculum is an intensive four-year program that prepares students for acceptance to some of the most selective colleges and universities. College-prep (standard, honors and AP) humanities, mathematics, social studies and sciences, and world language courses offer students the appropriate level of challenge based on their post-secondary interests.


The three-year middle school curriculum uses award -winning materials to engage students in higher-level thinking and creativity. Students in grades 6-8 enjoy the opportunities to design personalized assignments and research projects as they explore the humanities, social studies, science, mathematics and world languages. Middle School students are also given the option to begin accruing high school credits in mathematics and world languages.

Daily conservatory style performing arts training in dance, music and theater motivate each student to become a highly disciplined expert learner and complex communicator across disciplines.

As a community rich in stellar performing arts, outstanding resident performers and avid arts patrons, the DC area is the perfect home to build a school that will foster the next generation of professional dancers, actors, singers and musicians. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to making MSA nationally recognized as a top school of the gifted young artists along with such fine institutions as Interlochen, Idyllwild Arts Academy and Walnut Hill. The Academy at MSA builds on the rich 15-year foundation of excellent arts education developed by the faculty, staff and leadership of Metropolitan Fine Arts Center. We opened our doors in September 2013 and continue to welcome students who have inspired us to build, dream and soar!

Located in the bucolic environment of the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, MSA has dedicated academic classrooms, dance studios, music studios and rehearsal space. Our annex campus in Alexandria, VA offers additional 11,000 square feet of dedicated performing arts space.

We welcome you to explore our rigorous, fully accredited academic curriculum alongside our conservatory style performing arts training program in the areas of dance, music theater, theater performance and music.

Please contact our admissions team at to reserve an opportunity to shadow and audition for this ground breaking opportunity.