Where Creative Minds Play!

MSSA Frequently Asked Questions

Q: This will be my child’s first summer at MSSA, how do I assure that she will be in classes with peers of her age group?

A: Most of our class selections are broken down into age groups so that campers are in groups of similarly aged kids.  Junior Artists, campers entering grades 1-3, are on their own track at MSSA and are provided with additional supervision and structure.


Q. When do the course selections come out?

A. Course selections will be available in June.


Q. What if my child doesn’t get into the classes that he wanted?

A. We make our best efforts to put campers into their first choice classes. We offer some very popular classes during several periods to allow campers to take the classes they choose.


Q. If my child decides she wants to change her schedule after the first day, how does she do that?

A. There is a drop/add period during the first few days of each session.  Campers work with their Advisor to find an open class they are interested in.  Once the instructor of the new class grants permission, campers inform the instructor of the initial class of the change.


Q. What is an Advisor?

A. Each camper is assigned an Advisor. Campers check in and out of camp with their Advisors each day. Advisors are the campers’ first point of contact for questions, directions, etc. Advisors also sit with advisees at lunch the first few days of each session.


Q: My child has medical concerns – do you have medical staff on-site?

A: Yes, we have a full-time RN on site during all camp hours and a NP that is on call and is often on campus. All staff members are trained in First Aid. You are welcome to speak with our Nurse or Nurse Practitioner prior to the beginning of camp.


Q: I know lunch is included in tuition–could you tell me more about that?

A: A nut-free daily lunch is included in tuition. Your child will be given a menu on Monday so that he/she can choose his/her lunches for the week. There are always vegetarian options. Our food service staff is aware of all camper allergies.

Q: Are there any additional fees for classes (i.e. lab fees, fees for costumes, etc)?

A: No, we have eliminated lab fees. Tuition includes a camp t-shirt, course materials, daily lunch and admission to all show week performances for each camper. There are no charges for show costumes or makeup.


Q. When do campers choose their Workshop (4th Period) courses?

A. Workshop choices are made on the Monday of each week and include choices that are less intensive than the course selections. Each workshop runs for only one week.


Q. What is the plan this summer with the construction on campus?

A. Immediately after the Middlesex School graduation, the hockey rink/tennis courts will be converted into a large theater (affectionately known as “The ThRink”).   The school has purchased staging and seating (and pulleys, etc.) to create a stage that will be used for all MSSA productions and noontime shows as well as Middlesex performances during the theater renovation at the school.   The ThRink holds more seats than the previous theater held.   In addition, this summer, music classes will be held in the new Rachel Carson and Campus Center and smaller performances will be held in the recital hall there.


Q. What is Festival Day?

A. Festival Day is held the Saturday following the last day of the 3/5 week sessions. In 2018, Festival Day will be on July 28th. Three and five week campers arrive at 8:30 am (as on a regular day of camp). Families, friends and two week campers are invited to join us beginning at 10:00 am. There will be ongoing performances throughout the day, including the Junior Arts performance and the Apprentice Show. Camper artwork will be on display and a BBQ lunch will be served. There are also various other festivities scheduled throughout the day, including face-painting, a photo booth, and a dunk tank. Camper lunch is included and there is a minimal charge for guests/family. You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch. Festival Day ends with a showing of the 2018 Video Yearbook.


Q. Am I able to tour the campus before registering?

A. Absolutely! Please email Kristen at [email protected] to arrange a tour.