We are a groundbreaking independent school located just south of Washington, DC, serving students in grades 7-12.
The Academy at Metropolitan School of the Arts prepares students for a rewarding future in college, career and life by offering an accredited college preparatory academic program alongside a conservatory style performing arts training program in the areas of dance, music, theater and general arts.
We achieve excellence in arts and academic education through a unique approach to teaching and learning.
Our methodology encourages a nurturing, supportive and inspiring culture where students earn the confidence to propel themselves toward reaching their highest potential.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • Grades: 7-12
  • Students: 26 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $22,300
  • Acceptance rate: 60%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

The Academy @ Metropolitan School of the Arts ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Virginia for:

Category
Attribute

School Overview

Grades Offered
Grades 7-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded
2013

Student Body

Total Students
26 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
25%
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade
The Academy @ Metropolitan School of the Arts Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
18 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
1:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
75%
Average Class Size
8 students
Number of AP Courses
19 courses
Advanced Courses
Art History, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, French Language and Culture, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Physics, Psychology, Spanish Language, Statistics, US Government and Politics, US History, World History
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Grades 7-8 = $18,750 Grades 9-12 = $22,300 Total varies based upon academic course selection.
Acceptance Rate
60%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Louise Hislop

Sports

Total Sports Offered
2 sports
Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Arts and Music Programs:
Acting and Theater, Dance, Music Lessons, Music Theater, Vocal Music and Vocal Performance

School Notes

  • Metropolitan School of the Arts is a the only private performing arts high school in the Washington, DC area.  Each year, we offer training in dance, music and theater to some of the nation`s most inquisitive, curious and motivated young artists. We offer a middle school program for students in grades 7-8 and a conservatory style training program for grades 9-12.
  • All students will be surrounded and supported by equally passionate and invested students, facutly, visiting artists, and staff, with whom they`ll collaborate and learn in the classroom, the studio, and on stage. Our dedicated faculty members are seasoned professionals who are deeply connected to the performing arts community in Washington, D.C. and beyond. With their guidance, students perfect their skills and develop a framework for understanding both their craft and the vital role that arts play in enriching cultures and strengthening communities.
Profile last updated: 07/30/2021

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (9 reviews)
5  
I have had a great experience as a student at MSA! In just a few months I have improved tremendously in all of my classes. The staff is both knowledgeable and kind, creating a very safe environment and encouraging students to grow. The students are welcoming and supportive of their classmates. I could not recommend MSA more!
- Posted by
5  
My son is currently a 7th grader at The Academy at Metropolitan Arts. He`s started as an actor but is a dance novice; they have done everything to accommodate him and make him feel successful. The teachers have high standards but are supportive, and the academic support has been amazing! The individual attention my son has received has been fantastic. If your child is a dance, musical theater, or young actor/performer, this is a great place to continue education, while in a rigorous arts education program.
- Posted by
5  
I am so proud to be an alumnae parent of an Academy student from the Metropolitan School of the Arts. For my daughter, the school offered the combination of academic rigor along with so many incredible opportunities for training in dance, music, and theatre. She`s now pursuing her BFA in dance performance at one of the top ballet schools in the country, while also just being cast in a theater performance as a sophomore. She went to college well prepared and we are so grateful.
- Posted by
5  
Never has my child felt so special, loved, and respected! She is challenged in her art classes and supported in her academics. I was worried that online learning would be challenging but with the excellent support of the in-person teachers, my daughter has excelled. MSA is a fit for us and we are happy we found it.
- Posted by
5  
My daughter is doing 9th grade at MSA and we are very happy that she is a part of the Academy because it is an excellent art school.
- Posted by
5  
My son is a senior at MSA. They offer a rigorous program with fantastic instructors and a supportive staff.
- Posted by
5  
Upon retiring as head of a well respected university music theater training program, I came to the Metropolitan school of the arts to develop their new gap year/post graduate program.I`d been introduced to the school five years earlier when I was asked to give a master class to the students. I was so impressed with the collegiate level of teaching that when I had the opportunity to join the faculty I did so. This is an exciting community of teachers and learners, the students are of the highest caliber, talented, disciplined and a joy to work with. They are what I like to call self competitive. Very competitive, yet openly supportive of their colleagues. Not only is the arts training world class, the academics are right there working along side the dance, music and theater faculty.
- Posted by
5  
My child has attended the Academy for 4 years and it has been such a blessing for our family. She has learned how to work hard in academics and her arts classes. She has learned how to work with and support those around her. She has learned how to combine grit with social responsibility.
- Posted by
5  
My daughter graduated from the Academy at MSA in 2017 and is thriving in the performing arts college of her choice with a 3.9 GPA! MSA is a fabulous pre-professional conservatory school.
- Posted by

Endorse The Academy @ Metropolitan School of the Arts. Endorsements should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards
Endorse this school:

Nearby Homes for Sale

Recent Articles

5 Ways To Protect Your Child From Bullying
5 Ways To Protect Your Child From Bullying
Bullying lurks everywhere. Learn the warning signs and how to protect your child.
Questions! Questions! Questions!
Questions! Questions! Questions!
If you are beginning to think about sending your child to private school, you probably have a lot of questions. Here are some answers to your more common questions.
Marketing Your School: Welcoming New Students
Marketing Your School: Welcoming New Students
Why is welcoming students so important? Because it makes new students and their families feel that they are part of the school community from Day 1. More about this valuable marketing tool here.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • Grades: 7-12
  • Students: 26 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $22,300
  • Acceptance rate: 60%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Request Information

Did You Know?

The average private school tuition in Alexandria, VA is $25,007 for elementary schools and $40,141 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Alexandria, VA is 69% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

Quick Links