The philosophy of academics at MSA is to ensure student academic success and that they will progress to their utmost in the arts and non-arts academic life. Students should recognize that study at MSA is a privilege and comes with responsibilities that they must uphold in order to fully capitalize on the unique opportunities offered. Students must meet state graduation requirements and additional MSA requirements to receive a diploma.

Students enrolled at the Mississippi School of the Arts are closely monitored to ensure that they meet requirements for graduation. Academic classes offered at MSA include English III & IV, U.S. History, Government, Economics, Algebra II, Algebra III, Chemistry, Physics, and Human Anatomy & Physiology.

Through a partnership with Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Dual Credit Courses are offered on campus in English Composition I & II, College Algebra as well as online offerings in courses that may include: World Civilization I & II, Music Appreciation and other literature options.

There are Advanced Placement Program (AP) courses offered on MSA campus include: History and English. For additional courses needed and AP science and math options, students are dually enrolled at Brookhaven High School and/or online courses accredited by the Mississippi Department of Education.

Students begin college preparation from the moment they step on campus to their graduation day. PSAT preparation and tests, ACT and SAT preparation, guidance on college research, application, financial aid, and essays is provided to every student through workshops, their coursework, individual attention, and counseling.

History / Government

staff-lori-brittLori Britt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies, Athletic Administration and Coaching from The University of Southern Mississippi. She has taught for 27 years at Hattiesburg High School, N.R. Burger Middle School, Loyd Star Attendance Center, and Lincoln County Alternative School.


staff-randy-davisRandy Davis has been teaching mathematics for over 35 years at Yazoo City, Wesson High School, and now MSA. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Math Education from Delta State University, a Master of Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, and certification in Gifted Education from Mississippi College. He also teaches Algebra II & III as well as Dual Credit College Algebra.


staff-dot-mcclendonDot McClendon‘s MSA science classes include Human A&P, Chemistry and Physics. Dot has over 50 years of teaching experience in Lincoln County, Brookhaven Public Schools, and more. In addition, she teaches ACT workshops and tutors students in need of remediation for courses and state tests.


English / Literature

Tobie Lambert holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Southern Mississippi as well as a Master of Arts in English with an emphasis in Literature from Northern Arizona University.  She has over 10 years of teaching experience at both the high school and collegiate levels.  She taught at Brookhaven High School and Lawrence County High School.  She served as an adjunct online English instructor for Pearl River Community College from 2005-2016 and has also been an adjunct English instructor for Copiah-Lincoln Community College since 2007.

Academic News Highlights


Piper Bott Named 2016-2017 STAR Student

Senior MSA student, Piper Bott, has been named STAR student for the 2016-2017 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) M.B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program.Read More…
By : MSA Newsroom | Apr 5, 2017

Visual and Literary Students Receive National Scholastic Awards

Students in the Visual and Literary Art departments recently received national medals through Scholastic Art and Writing. These awards were among Gold Key winners at the Mississippi Regional (statewide) Competition held in the winter ofRead More…
By : MSA Newsroom | Mar 27, 2017

Ogden Museum of Southern Art Showcases MSA Exhibition

Senior visual art majors at Mississippi School of the Arts recently had the opportunity to showcase their work at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, located in New Orleans, Louisiana. The exhibitRead More…
By : MSA Newsroom | Mar 14, 2017