About Us

MSA is a public charter school serving students in grades 6-12 in Manatee, Sarasota, Hillsborough, and Pinellas counties. The school was established in 1998 through the vision of founder and principal, Dr. Bill Jones, along with the support of Mrs. Una Jones and a dedicated group of people. The school opened with grades 6 and 7, housing approximately 250 students. In the second year, the school expanded to include 8th grade, and in 2001, MSA included High School education as well. The first graduating class of Manatee School For the Arts walked across the stage in 2005. Students have successfully gone on to colleges and universities throughout the state and country and have become thriving visual and performing artists as well as achieving impressive academic pursuits. The sky is the limit here at MSA, where you are free to write your own story!