ABOUT 

MSA has been a leader in education since 1878. Founded by Samuel Miller, who at the time of his death was the wealthiest man in Virginia, MSA has offered a program that balances rigorous academics with hands-on experiential learning from its founding. While the school has seen many forms in its long history, the fundamental "minds, hands, heart" curriculum has woven together these historical periods into a quilt of outstanding education. 

 

 
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OUR MISSION

We create opportunities for discovery and reflection by engaging the minds, hands, and hearts of our students.

 

 

The Mind

  • We offer a challenging and structured curriculum that is also progressive, through which students not only learn, but love to learn.

  • We hire people who excel at sharing their expertise with enthusiasm.

  • We are proud to be a small school with small classes, where dynamic interactions between our teachers and students flourish into strong mentor-mentee relationships.

 

 
 
Love to Learn Challenging and structured curriculum that is progressive and hands-on

Love to Learn
Challenging and structured curriculum that is progressive and hands-on

Expertise with Enthusiasm We hire people outstanding people who excel at sharing their knowledge

Expertise with Enthusiasm
We hire people outstanding people who excel at sharing their knowledge

Strong Mentor-Mentee Relationships Dynamic interactions between our teachers and students flourish in small school environment

Strong Mentor-Mentee Relationships
Dynamic interactions between our teachers and students flourish in small school environment

 

 

The Hands

  • We bridge academic understanding with hands-on experience, so that students gain knowledge as well as know-how.

  • We inspire students through experiences, where what they study comes to life and what they know can shape the world around them.

  • With so many programs that are student-initiated and student-run, our students confidently have a hand in making the culture of the school.

 

 
Knowledge as well as Know-How We bridge academic understanding with hands-on experience

Knowledge as well as Know-How
We bridge academic understanding with hands-on experience

Study Comes to Life We inspire students through Experiences

Study Comes to Life
We inspire students through Experiences

Student-Initiated & Student Run We offer students the opportunity to have a hand in making the culture of the school

Student-Initiated & Student Run
We offer students the opportunity to have a hand in making the culture of the school

 

the heart

  • We believe excellence can take many forms, and that the first step toward excellence is discovering your passion.

  • We encourage our students to shine as concerned leaders and dedicated team-players, through civic-minded programs built on the cornerstones of Honor and Service.

  • From vibrant diversity, we come together in genuine fellowship. Our culture of respect empowers our students to become intelligent, brave, and just citizens of the world beyond.

 
 
Educating the Mind, Hands, and Heart Since 1878
 

 

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