How to Apply

  • Central Academy of Technology & Arts 2022-2023 Application and Lottery Information


    All students MUST be enrolled in a UCPS Middle school prior to applying to go through the application, audition, and lottery process.

    Important Dates:

    The Application Window will be from February 7- March 6.

    All audition video submissions for Performing Arts Academies will be accepted from February 7- March 4.

    Middle School visits will be:
    January 25th- Sun Valley Middle
    January 26th- Cuthbertson Middle
    January 27th- Parkwood Middle
    January 28th- Health Sciences Academy at Monroe Middle
    January 31st- East Union Middle
    February 1st - Porter Ridge Middle
    February 2nd - Weddington Middle
    February 3rd - Piedmont Middle
    February 4th - Marvin Ridge Middle

    Our CATA Crawl events will be:
    February 7th for students who live in the following Middle School Districts: Parkwood, East Union, Marvin, Sun Valley, and Weddington

    February 10th for students who live in the following Middle School Districts: Cuthbertson, Monroe, Piedmont and
    Porter Ridge

    The District Webinar will be on February 22nd at 6:00 pm.

    Parents will be notified of lottery results and seat offers is on March 21st, no earlier than 5:00 pm.

    The deadline to respond to lottery results and seat offers is on April 14th by 11:59 pm.

    IB Information will be coming soon!


    Performing Arts Academies - students must participate in an audition (whether it is their first or second choice) for Dance, Music Production and Recording Arts (MPRA), and Theatre. Students not completing the audition (see requirements on the CATA Performing Arts website) will have that Academy selection removed from their application. After submitting your application please visit the CATA Performing Arts Academy Website to submit your audition via Google Doc.  

    • Dance, MPRA, and Theatre: Audition Based Selection
      • Meet all general Central Academy Admission Criteria
      • Participate in required Audition
      • Students will be recommended for admission based on Instructor Scoring of Audition, students meeting criteria, but not recommended for initial admission may also be placed on a waitlist 
      • Students not meeting Audition criteria or placed on a waitlist will be entered into the lottery if they identified an additional Academy selection 



    9th Grade Admission Information (coming soon)

    10th Grade Admission Information (coming soon)