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Manatee School For The Arts

Charter | 6-12 | 1627 students

 

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Posted August 23, 2014

As a student, I believe that MSA has an incredible academic program but the quality of electives has gone down since I started here in 6th grade in 2009. Many of the teachers are wonderful but the disciplinary staff seems to think that they are the police and treat you like you're guilty until proven innocent. They have become excessively more strict even in the past year and lock the doors when the bell rings so you can't get in even if you're like 10 seconds late!!!!! If your phone is out in class it's grounds for suspension even if you're being productive and making reminders to do your homework, which leads me to my next point. MSA is VERY behind in the way of technology. Computers are pretty discouraged and everything is done with paper, funding is low and it has become very obvious. However with all of the faults and backwardness of the school I do believe that the education is better quality than what you will find anywhere else in manatee county and the students are very kind and accepting of everyone.


Posted April 18, 2014

MSA has been a great school for my child, both academically and artistically. She loves it there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2014

I am in sixth grade there right now from my experience I love the school I love how in sixth grade we get a little taste of everything we get dance,pe,theater,music,art,graphic design it's amazing


Posted February 3, 2014

I have gone to this school since sixth grade and am satisfied. The lack of communication is distressing. The clothing guidelines are a bit ridiculous and I prefer not to have my pants pulled on to see if they're too tight, but I understand where its coming from. I would like to see the theatre department improve. If you are going here for dance, GO! Our school has the biggest dance program in the state of Florida. Our school adds up to DANCE, little bit of theatre, lots of shows, art, and some stupid rules. But overall satisfied with the arts.


Posted January 29, 2014

As a parent I find this shool very difficult to get information from. The guidance office is reluctant to offer information and meetings of any sort. My daughter was recently in the dressing room where a guidance councelor yelled and threatened to lock her in the room. I am quite concerned as my daughter has informed me that this same woman has pulled on students clothes and hair. The school declines to give any information on this incident.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2013

We love the well rounded curriculum and the fact that each child gets to experience various arts. My daughters are musical and artistic, and enjoy the theater as well. The school has a great way of allowing the students to find their artistic forte be it in the area of music, dance, visual arts, or theater, and gives them the ability to experience things they would never have the opportunity to try in a regular public school. In addition, I love their philosophy regarding homework, and encouraging parental involvement without being overbearing regarding it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2013

Manatee School for the Arts is a decent school. I have been going there for almost 5 years now. Its academics are hot and cold considering some teachers are absolutely terrible and some a fantastic. If you're an artist consider going here, if you play music the opportunities are not very wide, do not ever and I mean ever go here for the Tae Kwon Do. It was a fantastic system when the first Master was around but now it has turned into a school of favortism and disrespect. I believe this has to do with the current Master for the most part. But if you are a dancer I highly encourage you to go there. Now to talk about the Administration. I have seen some of the worst disciplinary action here, the staff can be extremely disrespectful to students.


Posted August 18, 2012

I don't understand why they do not allow parents to come in during the day to help where ever or who ever could use some help.They say it is because they do not have the proper equipment to do finger printing.How hard is it to get the things they need?All the other schools have it.This makes no sense to me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2012

We have had our problems at MSA. Things have been very rocky over the years, but I'm proud to be a graduating 2012 student! The teachers are what keep us all together. They are always there to help when we need it, and I love the fact that everyone gets involved here with various activities. It might have alot of administration problems, but WE as a student population overall are doing GREAT! Dont let "blank walls" or "bad administration" stop you from coming to this school. Its about the education, and the students. Overall, Ive done alot better here than Lakewood if you ask me.. much better choice if your a performer!!! Sometimes you just have to see it during school hours to see it. We might not be like what you see in Fame, but we're MSA! People have been leaving during the years for various reasons, but I've been here to stay for 3 years. I wouldn't change anything for the world because I've learned so much, and have taken it all in. If your a bright, good kid, you'll never have to worry about administration, and/or problems.


Posted April 9, 2012

this school is a complete joke to parents i mean the teachers are put downs to are kids and they really dont keep the parents in the loop. i should of thought twice about this school. im puting my child in lakewood ranch high that a better school for him and it a A rated school so make sure if your a parnet like me make sure you actually look into the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2011

My son attends MSA and we couldn't be happier with the teachers, administrative staff, and quality of the programs. Their "ridiculously strict uniform policy" means that the students have to wear a embroidered polo shirt (bought through the school) and the middle school students have to wear Khaki pants or shorts. The color selection does vary based on whether the student is in middle or high school. As parents my wife and I love it and based on what I see students in other school wearing it is much preferred to dressing to "express themselves creatively." My son is in the music program and has no shortage of options when it comes to electives. In fact, next year three of his four electives are within the music program. Certainly far more options and variety than offered in most public schools. This school is not for every student, but my son loves it and my daughter can't wait to get there. And if "a lot of students are planning to leave this year" it sure doesn't show in enrollment numbers for the coming academic year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2011

School for the arts? I recommend that you tour this school. There is no singing echoing down the halls, no art displayed - nothing like what you would expect of a school for the arts. Blank walls in a school for the arts? Also, they have a ridiculously strict uniform policy. Think about that? This should be a place where students are encouraged to express themselves creatively. I am the parent of a student who attends this school and is leaving at the end of the school year. There are not enough music classes for him so he's going back to public school. He's an easy going kid who doesn't complain much and gets along with everyone - he says the admin staff is extremely disrespectful to the students. That they talk down to them. I didn't like that at all. And, from what I hear, a lot of students are planning to leave this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2011

msa was the best school your children would ever go to i went there for two years i took choreography and modern dance the teachers there are great and they work hands on with us i wish i stayed at msa i would reccomend starting your students at 6th grade here to take dance awareness to acess if your student would like to take for dance if any we have some great dancers at msa and great performers i give it a 10/5.


Posted November 26, 2010

I went to MSA from 6th through 12th grade! I love it, and always will! I had so many things to write on my resume right out of high school! I am now working as a web designer for a local company, and the only reason they hired me was because I went to MSA and I was able to show them a portfolio of all the work that I did. When they compared the work that I did there, to college students right out of graduation, I knew more about the programs, and better ways to do things then they did, and I learned it all from MSA! Yes, it doesn't have football, or baseball, or soccer, or track, or any of the other sports, but the education and experience you gain just from going to that school will stick with you forever, whatever you decide to do! I would definitely recommend this school to any parent or student!!


Posted September 21, 2010

I went to MSA for sixth through eighth grade and I am returning this year as a senior in high school. At first, I attended MSA as an alternative to Johnson Middle School (now an IB school; we are now districted for Harllee Middle School) and had no interest in the arts whatsoever. However, by having the opportunity to explore who I was and take different electives not offered at any other school, I learned to LOVE MSA! The teachers are always willing to work with the students and don't shower students with homework every night. MSA is more project-oriented and a great choice for anyone interested in visual and/or performing arts!


Posted May 2, 2010

teachers need better care of there students be careful who they talk bad about because i am a parent of a student and i am not happy with teachers at that school...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

I have never seen a school that teachers have such passion for what they teach. Awesome School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

I love how I can take all the advanced, honor, and AP classes that I need here, and still get 4 electives. I just wish that this school had a gifted program. All of the programs are very good though.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 15, 2010

They go above and beyond to provide students w/ academic knowlege, as well and art and cultural knowledge. Many of the teachers take from their own pockets to fund projects and reward systems for the students. They encourage that the students represent themselves as mature,responsible young adults.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

The kids really seem to enjoy this school with all the different activities/classes to choose from, the teachers are great and make it fun for the children to learn, and it's nice that it goes through high school and has dual enrollment.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

312 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

312 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
67%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

314 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

315 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
62%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

277 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

278 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

277 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
45%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

276 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
80%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

200 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
66%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

184 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

187 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
91%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

244 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

169 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

216 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
70%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

185 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
89%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

189 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
71%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

231 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 57%
Hispanic 30%
Black 10%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 36%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 92%N/AN/A
Female 64%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 2%N/A2%
Graduation rate 87%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 54%54%61%
Master's degree 44%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%2%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 13%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • DR. WILLIAM JONES
Fax number
  • (941) 721-6805

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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