The Academy @ Metropolitan School of the Arts (Closed)

We are a groundbreaking independent school located just south of Washington, DC, serving students in grades 7-12 and gap year.
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 and theater.
Our methodology encourages a nurturing, supportive and inspiring culture where students earn the confidence to propel themselves toward reaching their highest potential.

Top Rankings

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


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.: 31%
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

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Feb. 6
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Middle School - $22,100 High School - $23,750 Gap Year Semester Only - $13,800 Gap Year Full Year - $25,200 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.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Ben Cook - Ben Cook appeared on Broadway in Ragtime, Billy Elliot the Musical (for which he was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award), Tuck Everlasting, Mean Girls, and West Side Story. He has also performed in two Broadway national tours, Billy Elliot the Musical and Newsies the Musical, and appeared on television in episodes of 30 Rock, House of Cards, Veep, Law & Order: SVU, and in the HBO film Paterno. He most recently appeared as a Jet in the 2021 film version of West Side Story and as Henry in the HBO Max horror series Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin.
    • Elpidia Voyas - Elpidia Voyas has danced for the Houston Ballet Academy, the European School of Ballet, and the Dutch National Ballet. She was cast as a corp de ballet member in the film "Piece of My Heart" and had 10-14 hour shoot days for 3 weeks straight! Elpida was also chosen to be a part of the first live performance in the Netherlands post country-wide lockdown: Igone Danst Door, a piece honoring the retirement of Igone de Jongh, principal dancer with the Het Nationale Ballet for over 20 years. Elpida was one of four dancers on stage, performing 10 shows at the historical Royal Theatre Carre.
    • Ben Cherington - Ben Cherington is a 2020 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama in Pittsburgh, PA, where he was a recipient of the Adelyne Roth Levine Memorial Award in acting. His credits include Pittsburgh CLO, ACT of Connecticut, Clinton Showboat Theatre, and currently the national tour of Les Misérables.
    • Ben Rudisin - Houston Ballet, Apprentice, Houston, TX, and successful completion of the first round of auditions for the Prix de Lausanne ballet competition in Switzerland.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does The Academy @ Metropolitan School of the Arts cost?
The Academy @ Metropolitan School of the Arts's tuition is approximately $23,750 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of The Academy @ Metropolitan School of the Arts?
The acceptance rate of The Academy @ Metropolitan School of the Arts is 60%, which is lower than the national average of 84%.
Who are famous alumni from The Academy @ Metropolitan School of the Arts?
The Academy @ Metropolitan School of the Arts famous alumni include: Ben Cook, Elpidia Voyas, Ben Cherington and Ben Rudisin.
What sports does The Academy @ Metropolitan School of the Arts offer?
The Academy @ Metropolitan School of the Arts offers 2 interscholastic sports: Ballet and Dance.
When is the application deadline for The Academy @ Metropolitan School of the Arts?
The application deadline for The Academy @ Metropolitan School of the Arts is Feb. 6.

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