A Vision for the Future: Passage of Bond Measure Would Bring Major Improvements

Final votes from the November 8 election are still being counted, but Marin School of the Arts and Novato High School are excited about the opportunities that could soon be realized with passage of the Novato Unified School District’s $220 million bond measure.

For MSA, passage means the realization of a long held dream to construct an arts learning center on the NHS campus to include a 400-seat performance theatre, exhibit space and arts classrooms. The center would be located behind the current Gordon Gym (pictured in burgundy at right).

District Superintendent Jim Hogeboom released the following statement on behalf of NUSD:

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire Novato Unified School District, I am excited and pleased to announce we are very, very optimistic of the passage of Measure G – NUSD’s $220 million bond measure.  This Bond Measure, based on the extensive planning that went into our Facilities Master Plan, will provide funding for much needed repairs to every school throughout the district, improve safety and security, make technology more accessible to our students, improve our classroom learning environments, and support our vision of better preparing students with the 21st Century skills they need to be successful.

While Measure G received 56.6% of the vote, there are still some ballots to count at the Registrar of Voters over the next few days before we have official confirmation of passage. I want to personally thank everyone – teachers, classified staff, administrators, students, and parents – for their hard work in getting Measure G passed.  It takes all of us working together to accomplish these big goals!

I will let you know when all the ballots are counted and we have word of the final outcome of the passage of Measure G.

Thank you again for everything you do on behalf of our students.  I am very excited about the potential we now have to significantly improve the learning environments in each of our schools for each of our children.

Jim Hogeboom, Superintendent
Novato Unified School District”


MSA Applications Now Available

Applications for admission to Marin School of the Arts for the 2017-18 school year are now available. Students wishing to apply must fill out the Student Information Form, in addition to the program application(s). Form can be found in our Admissions sections and are due to the MSA Office no later than January 24, 2017. Auditions will be held February 4 and 5, 2017. For more information contact MSA Office Manager Rhian Robinson at info@marinschoolofthearts.org.

Fall Musical a Hit!

Tickets for the highly anticipated Fall Musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” sold out quickly; a new show was added for Wednesday, November 16 at 5pm. Tickets are still available online.

The Pulitzer Prize winning comedy, directed by Rodney Franz, with choreography by Devin Parker Sullivan, musical direction by Scott DeTurk and the MSA Pit Band coached by Dr. Greg Johnson, features a stellar cast of characters.

The show-stealing antihero is played by Frank Demma (recent winner of Best Actor at the Rita Moreno California High School Musical Honors), accompanied by memorable characters (a cast of 38), and a catchy score with a wicked sense of humor.



Adv. Jazz Choir Class

To find out more about MSA Admissions and programs we recommend that students sign up for an MSA Shadow Day, where they will be paired with an existing student for the day. Parents also get to tour all MSA program classes.


MSAF Family givingFind out more about the parent volunteer group that helps MSA programs thrive! The MSA Foundation raises over $350,000 to bridge the gap in necessary funding that the Novato Unified School District is unable to provide.

The MSA Serval: The story behind the mascot

Founder Mark Peabody selects quirky mascot

Upon its creation as a specialized program within Novato High School in 2003, MSA Founder Mark Peabody thought it important for the school within a school to have its own mascot to help build community spirit among students and faculty.

According to Mr. Peabody,the Serval was the perfect representative for MSA, because like MSA it is graceful (as a member of the cat family), oddly beautiful with its bold markings, and largely unknown; much like MSA. 

About The School

The Marin School of the Arts (MSA) is an award-winning arts academy within a public high school setting.

MSA offers talented and motivated students the opportunity for professional arts instruction and practice while fulfilling all requirements in math, science, language arts, physical education and other elective programs at Novato High School.

Marin School of the Arts is a regional magnet to which students can apply for admission from any school in the Bay Area, as well as from within the Novato Unified School District.

The affordable and cost-effective setting of the program in a public high school encourages a greater socio-economic and geographic diversity of talented young artists, attracting students across Novato, Marin County and the wider Bay Area.

MSA Theatre performs The Mikado in one act, Spring 2016.

Student Spotlight

MSA Student Illustrates Book Cover

MSA-student-drawingMSA student artist Gabriella Borges had no idea she was being observed while she was drawing on her tablet during a long flight to Hawaii in 2013. While she was completely absorbed, her artwork had caught a fellow passenger’s attention.

“She was in her own world. She would create this really beautiful image and then she would erase it and I thought ‘Oh my God, how can you erase something so beautiful,’” Armando Arias, a professor, recalls of the flight he and his wife were taking on their way to vacation. “We went through the plane ride, going in and out of sleep, and poking each other to see what she was creating,” he recalls.

Finally, Dr. Arias couldn’t sit idly by watching anymore. He struck up a conversation with Borges. A professor of social psychology at the University of California, Monterey Bay, with keen interest in how people interact with and relate to art, Arias decided then and there to ask Borges if she would like to provide illustrations an upcoming class project. Read more…

Academic Programs

Cinematic Arts

Creative Writing


Product Design

Classical Music

Vocal Music

Jazz Studies

Rock Bands

Ceramics & Sculpture

Digital Art

Drawing & Painting


Musical Theatre

Theatre Arts

MSA Jazz Choir at Next Generaion Monterey Jazz Festival

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We Need Your Help

Marin School of the Arts relies on the support of our dedicated community of parents, alumni and others. If you are interested in supporting MSA, please consider volunteering your time or making a donation by clicking the links below.

Thank you for your support and consideration, and we look forward to seeing you at upcoming events and social gatherings.