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MSA to host prospective students tour

Mississippi School of the Arts hopefuls will have one more chance before the application deadline to tour the school.

The make-up day for Experience MSA Day will run from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. Jan. 23. Students will have an opportunity to tour the campus and listen to a presentation about the school, and staff will conclude with a question and answer session. Students do not need an appointment to attend.

“They just need to show up at the Student Life Center,” MSA Coordinator of School Advancement Jennifer Jackson said. “We’ll get them registered and they can come in. They don’t have to make a reservation or sign up or anything.”

Mississippi School of the Arts is a state-run school designed to be both academically and artistically challenging. The school has the third-highest average ACT in the state, and there are six arts programs covering vocal music, literary arts, dance, theater, visual arts and film making.

MSA is open to sophomores to apply to attend their junior and senior years. Students have a Feb. 1 deadline to apply online at www.msabrookhaven.org.

“In order to qualify, (students) have to be a Mississippi resident,” Jackson said. “They also have to have at least a 2.5 GPA.”

Students will also need recommendations from teachers of each of the art disciplines that students are applying for — up to three are allowed. Teachers will need to fill out forms which can be downloaded from the MSA website.

While students will need to declare a major area of study, they can take classes in other arts programs as time allows.

“I always recommend that if students have any interest or talent in another area, it’s always good to audition in more than area,” Jackson said.

More information is available on MSA’s website.