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 the MSA campus, which includes: 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.

Social Studies

Vickie Malone holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Spring Hill College, in Mobile, AL, and a Master of Arts degree from University of Southern Mississippi.  Her teaching career includes three years at Cathedral High School in Natchez, MS and eleven years at McComb High School. She developed an oral history course focused on local civil rights stories as history department chair at McComb.  She also established and maintained a collaborative teaching experience with teachers and students in Seattle, WA and San Francisco, CA, which allows for student exchange.  She has trained at the University of Texas at Austin with the Gilder Lehrman Summer Institutes, at Brown University for the Choices Program, a participant in the Teaching American History Grant program, and a Co-Presenter at the Oral History Conference in Denver, CO.


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.


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