In recent years, CCA has gained both regional and national attention for the quality of its programs, as shown by the honors and recognition listed below.
Magnet Schools of America (representing 1,800 magnet schools):
National Magnet School of Excellence, 2012, 2013, 2017
National Magnet School of Distinction, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016
Outstanding Secondary Magnet School in the U.S., 2013 (only 1 awarded each year)
Certified Magnet School 2017 – 2021 (the first and only certified magnet school in TN and one of 55 schools in the nation)
Arts Schools Network (representing 1,500 arts schools):
Exemplary School 2015 – 2017, 2017-2019
Outstanding Arts Integration, 2013
Outstanding Arts School Leader, 2013: Debbie Smith, Principal (only 1 awarded each year)
Outstanding Arts School Alumnus, 2011 (only 1 awarded each year)
Outstanding Arts School, 2010 (1 of 5)
Outstanding Community Partnership, 2010
Tennessee Department of Education:
Reward School, 2012 and 2013 (recognizing the top 5% of schools in the state for student academic progress)
Other Noteworthy Distinctions:
ACT scores consistently above the state average.
Ranked #7 in the US News & World Report list of Best High Schools in TN for 2017.
100% Graduation Rate