The Academy @ Metropolitan School of the Arts

The Academy is currently operating on a hybrid schedule. The student body is divided into thirds and rotates through being onsite for two weeks and being virtual for one week.
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 (2021)

  • 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

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School Overview

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

Student Body

Total Students
26 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade
The Academy @ Metropolitan School of the Arts Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
18 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
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

Finances and Admission

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
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Louise Hislop


Total Sports Offered
2 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
5 extracurriculars
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.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
My son is a senior at MSA. They offer a rigorous program with fantastic instructors and a supportive staff.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • 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

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The average private school tuition in Alexandria, VA is $23,997 for elementary schools and $39,801 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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