• Admissions


    Applications for the 2021-2022 School Year


    Online Application 


    Paper Based Applications linked below:

    Middle School Application


    High School Application 


    To apply to Manatee School For the Arts, please contact  Ms. Melissa Izzo at 941-721-6800, extension 1135 or email at mizzo@msaschool.org


    Manatee School For the Arts is a public charter school which continually accepts applications from students interested in the school. We have enrollment sessions in the late winter and early spring, and do have limits to our class size. Students who are not accepted due to class size restrictions will be placed on a waiting list.

    Please contact Melissa Izzo at 941-721-6800, extension 1135, if you have any questions or would like to set up a tour of the school. Regular tours are scheduled every Monday and Wednesday at 3:00.

    Additionally, High School applicants must also write an essay outlining their reasons for wanting to come to MSA, as well as complete an audition / interview with our staff.

    After being accepted to MSA, parents must complete a registration form and submit all academic records to complete registration to the school within two weeks of acceptance or you may lose your seat to another applicant.

    Charter School: Manatee School For the Arts (MSA) is a public charter school. A charter school is a public school run by a not for profit corporation under contract (charter) with a sponsor, usually the local school board. MSA is operated by Renaissance Arts and Education, Inc., a not for profit Florida Corporation recognized by the IRS as a tax exempt, 501 (c)(3) corporation, under contract with the Manatee County School Board. Under Florida Law, charter schools are fully recognized as public schools. All students in Manatee County are eligible to apply to attend this school. Grades offered, student body, class size, and schedule: MSA middle school offers grades six (6), seven (7) and eight (8). For 2021-2022 MSA expects to enroll approximately 950 middle school students and 1050 high school students. Classes are projected to be between twenty (20) and twenty-two (22) students per class. MSA uses a modified block schedule with four (4) eighty-five (85) minute periods of instruction per day. There are at least one hundred and eighty (180) days of instruction. MSA follows the calendar used by other public schools in Manatee County.
    Mission Statement: The mission of Manatee School For the Arts middle school is to provide an educational environment that will allow the most students to succeed and grow academically by acknowledging and accommodating different learning styles and multiple intelligences. We believe that is best achieved by a curriculum that infuses and integrates the visual and performing arts into the core academic curriculum and offers a broad range of visual and performing arts as electives. A variety of courses in each of these elective disciplines are currently offered. Additional areas are under consideration but are subject to staffing and budget limitations.
    Teacher Qualifications: Teachers employed by MSA shall be certified. MSA will not employ an individual to provide instructional services or to serve as a teacher’s aide if the individual’s certification or licensure as an educator is suspended or revoked by any state. Administrators, staff, and any other employee will be selected on the basis of educational background and/or experience that demonstrates appropriate preparation for the position as determined by the Board of Directors. All employees and independent contractors will be fingerprinted.
    Transportation: Provided for most Manatee County students. Exceptional Student Education (ESE): Exceptional students will be provided with programs implemented in accordance with federal and state policies and procedures; and specifically, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
    Behavior Contract: All students and parents will be required to sign a behavior contract agreeing to follow the MSA Code of Conduct, outlining the rules and regulations of the school. Failure to uphold the contract may result in the student being required to return to his/her assigned school.
    Uniforms: MSA is a uniform school. The MSA uniform shop is the provider for the required uniform shirt. Uniform bottoms can be purchased from several local vendors. All students are expected to strictly adhere to the MSA school dress code. This information is provided to assist parents and students who are considering enrolling in Manatee School For the Arts. This was accurate at the time of printing. Specific information may change from time to time. If you have other questions please call 941.721.6800 and ask for Melissa Izzo. If you would like a tour of the school, please call to schedule a time.

    Manatee School For the Arts prohibits discrimination against students or clients accepted into this facility. Students and/or clients are admitted without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, or any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable local, state, and federal laws.


Last Modified on April 5, 2021