We stick together and take care of one another
— Rick France, Head of School Emeritus


Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, MSA's 1,600-acre campus is a launching point for intellectual and outdoor adventures. From exploring the expansive network of hiking and mountain biking trails, stand-up paddle boarding in the 12-acre lake, or having a picnic in the meadows overlooking Skyline Drive, students have ample opportunities to engage in active and healthy activities with classmates. Off campus, Charlottesville's historic Downtown Mall provides world-class restaurants and music. UVA's campus and libraries offer students first-rate resources for academic pursuits. The Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail offer endless expansive views, waterfalls, and swimming holes. Adventure and culture are always just around the corner at MSA. 

I think about life on MSA’s campus as one big family, and I get to interact with students here similarly to how I interact with my own kids.
— Thomas Fickley, History Department Chair

Like a big family 

Over seventy percent of MSA teachers live on campus with their families. Students and faculty spend a lot of time together outside the classroom; as a result, teachers get to know students better, and students get to know their teachers better. These connections allow for more meaningful and relaxed classroom interactions.