Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts (CCA) Receives Two National Honors
Chattanooga High School for Creative Arts (CCA) has been named a 2017 National School of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America (MSA). MSA is the national association of magnet and theme-based schools. In addition, CCA has been designated a 2017-2019 Exemplary School by Arts Schools Network (ASN), the nation’s largest professional membership organization of specialized arts schools.
CCA is the only 2017 Magnet School of Excellence in the state of Tennessee, and is recognized for its distinction in the school’s magnet theme (fine arts) along with its proven record of academic excellence. According to MSA, Magnet School of Merit Awards recognize member schools that demonstrate a high commitment to academic standards, curriculum innovation, desegregation/diversity efforts, specialized teaching staffs, and parent and community involvement.
MSA Executive Director, Todd Mann states, “The announcement of our national merit awards is an extraordinary time for the magnet school community. This is a way for our association to recognize the most accomplished magnet schools in the country. These schools are making a lasting, positive impact on the lives of children. They are preparing them for the challenges of the future by providing them with unique learning experiences that give them the critical skills needed to be workforce and college ready.”
According to Arts Schools Network (ASN), an exemplary school category was created to highlight an arts school’s commitment to excellence. An exemplary school designation is, “presented to an ASN member school in recognition of outstanding efforts to evaluate strategically its purpose, operations, plans, and educational programs.” ASN is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to excellence and leadership in arts education. Its mission is to provide leaders in arts schools with quality resources, support, and networking opportunities.
CCA Principal Debbie Smith says, “CCA is a haven where arts and academics share center stage. CCA nurtures both the artist and the scholar through its all-encompassing approach to individual responsibility, respect for the arts, and critical thinking.” Mrs. Smith stated CCA’s 600 students in grades 6 through 12 receive both pre-professional training in the arts and rigorous college-preparatory academics.
Students interested in CCA audition in one arts major: acting, communications, dance, instrumental music, musical theatre, technical theatre, visual arts, or vocal music. Once admitted, students receive intensive training in their arts majors and experience a rigorous curriculum in fine arts and academic courses. CCA produces more than seventy public performances and exhibits on campus each year.
Although auditions have concluded for the 2017-2018 school year, auditions for 2018-2019 will take place in February of 2018 and are open to all students in Hamilton County. Applications for all magnet schools in Hamilton County are available from November through January each year.
CCA is the only secondary fine arts magnet school in Hamilton County.
For more information about the school contact
Amy Medley: firstname.lastname@example.org 423.209.5942