School Details

MS School for the Arts

308 West Cherokee St, Brookhaven, MS 39601
(601) 823-1300

(out of 10)

Public 134 students 11 students/teacher (MS avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Subject Assessment Testing Program (SATP)

In 2011-2012 Mississippi used the Subject Assessment Testing Program (SATP) to test students in English II, writing, algebra I, biology I and U.S. history at the completion of each course. Students must pass all parts of the SATP in order to graduate from high school. The SATP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to pass the test.
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About this school

MS School for the Arts is a public high school in Brookhaven. 134 students attend MS School for the Arts and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 24% of the 134 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at MS School for the Arts is 11:1. Brookhaven Technical Center is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Ultimate Frisbee

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 81% 81%
Black, non-Hispanic 18% 18%
Hispanic 0.7% 0.7%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 24% 24%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I went to this school in 2011 it was one of the most horrible years of my life! Yes the art classes were great but other than the history classes the academics are a joke! Oh and if they told you about the study hall it is a joke they don't even have tutors to help the students and the Brookhaven High School they send some of the students to in the morning is a joke too! The food they serve is really gross too unless they are expecting company like parents at open house! Most of the staff at Mississippi School of the Arts really do not care about the students at all either! But the real reason I left this school and gave it one star rating is because of what happened to me and five other female students we were sexually harassed by one of the male students I brought this up the principal and they did nothing about it! They will disregard anything that they think will tarnish their reputation! So to any parents out their reading this please think long and hard about sending your child to this school! I'm not saying this will happen to your child but if it does they will do nothing to fix the problem! I made some life long friends at this school but even so I still regret going here!

  • (1 year ago)

    The school is fast paced- esecially if you're in one of the more difficult "discipline's" like Theatre (which is the most time consuming) or Dance (which is the most tiring). Literary Arts and Visual Arts are work consuming. There is never a dull moment! You'll love it but only if this is really what you love to do.

  • (1 year ago)

    MSA is overwhelming at first but after about two weeks you get used to the routine. I choose to go here because i thought it would be a great experience i don't even plan to major in my discipline. The academics are a bit slow (except for the English courses they are intense and i attended an elite private school before coming to MSA) Whatever discipline you chose to go into just expect you will get better that comes with a lot of practice so be ready to work. The teachers faculty and students are all great at making you feel welcome you just have to be willing to open up. There are cliques (not hardcore cliques just a group of people you get along with best) and it's an art school so there is drama but it really is worth it. MSA is an island for misfit toys there isn't much to do around town and a lot of things close at 5 or 6 on weekdays and are closed all day Sunday. You become really close to everyone here you really do become a family

  • (1 year ago)

    The art courses are really great here! Sometimes this school can get overwhelming because of the long days but you'll get used to it. The only negative thing I have to say is I'm not fond of the Algebra 2 teacher. He is very smart but he doesn't convey the lesson very well. I would suggest taking math at Brookhaven High School. Overall this is a fantastic school.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is definitely one of the best things that has ever happened to me. Not only are you around a loving student body but the faculty and staff here are beyond amazing. There is a ton of one on one action and the Executive Director does whatever she can to help positively contribute to your path to success. There are 5 different arts to choose from so there is one for everyone. Every teacher has a Master's degree or above. You will never find that in your regular High School. A previous class accumulated millions of dollars in scholarships and there were only about 60 of them. We go to college fairs all the time and we also have Presidents from area colleges come to us. Every year our Director manages to bring a celebrity in to speak to us which is a wonderful networking opportunity. I don't understand how there is room for a bad review unless of course you can't handle the real world. Attending this school is not only an opportunity but a privilege. I would recommend it to anybody. Besides an Art School looks beautiful on your resume!

  • (3 years ago)

    This school has good intentions that don't follow in practice. The staff and faculty pick favorites and do anything within their power to hunt those students they don't like down and incriminate them for anything. Many staff member are rude and unfriendly. The academics are pitiful. A lot of students leave the school because they cannot take it anymore. There are many unnecessary strict rules that get worse and worse every year. If you value your education do not come to this school. It ruined mine! The only good thing about MSA are the fellow kids but you can find cool people everywhere.

  • (5 years ago)

    MSA changed my life completely. It's an amazing school and I don't know where I'd be without it.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm a student here at MSA and the school is definitely challenging to some and to others it may be easier. MSA is one of the best arts high schools in the south other than NOCCA. This school prepares students for a college enviornment and confronts them with real life decision making skills. As a class of 2010 I must say as I visit friends from my previous school; some of them continue their immature ways but MSA has a the biggest affect on students. It not only prepares us for a life in the arts but the real life experiences performances and staff equip us with a mind of steel.

  • (5 years ago)

    I previously attended this school. As an arts school it was very good however the academics are not up to par with even the lowest of high schools in the state. I made some of the greatest friends in the world there. I came from a very bad public high school but even there the academics were more challenging than at MSA. I wouldn't suggest this school to anyone interested in going to a major university with a selective admissions process.

  • (5 years ago)

    Awesome - the most talented kids in the US!!! I have never seen teenagres this focused and multi-talented. They are already stars. Some of them come from very poor backgrounds and I have to ask myself - 'How did you get here? How did you get this much talent that is at a professional level when you have never been out of a small poor community? Truly amazing - they deserve support - they've earned it!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm a student at the school and I love it. It was a very difficult decision for me to make. Should I really leave my family and friends at the age of 16 to go live in a dorm? It's more than that. You get the college experience although the staff keep a strict eye on you. I've thoroughly enjoyed getting to further my education in my arts discipline in a way that would not have been possible at my previous school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Im a Senior now with the class of 2010 at MSA and i love this school. You may sometimes get overwhelmed but when you graduate you graduate with a lot of scholarships from colleges just because you diploma says Mississippi School of the Arts.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son graduated from MSA in 2008. The school is excellent and gives students an opportunity to be independent thinkers in their studies and their art form. I expect great things from the students that have attended MSA. The administrators teachers and support personnel especially the hostess families are wonderful.

  • (5 years ago)

    Wonderful school! Great location caring staff and wonderful family-like environment to cultivate learning.

  • (5 years ago)

    MSA actually only has great arts classes. The academics besides the history courses are a joke. I'm dissapointed.

  • (5 years ago)

    MSA actually only has great arts classes. The academics besides the history courses are a joke. I'm dissapointed.

  • (6 years ago)

    Students who chose to attend MSA are a breed of their own! They perfer friday night plays over friday night ballgames. Their love for the arts shows in all they wear do say and participate in! They will go far in their given career in the arts because they have had nurtured by teachers who are fuel their excitement rather than put a damper on it as most secular high school teachers do. We love Mississippi School of the Arts!!!!!!

  • (7 years ago)

    This is an amazing school with fantastic opportunities! MSA prepares students for college increases knowlege in the arts and academics and provides wonderful opportunities to learn and grow. Don't pass this school up!

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