Dear Central Academy of Technology and Arts Community:
As community members, parents, and students, each of you have a vested interest in your child’s progress and in the progress of Central Academy as a whole. One way that we, as a school, communicate to you about your student’s academic progress is by sending home a Report Card for your child each grading period. Once a year, we also provide you with updates on our school’s achievements through the North Carolina School Report Card.
This Report Card includes important information about school and student performance, class sizes, attendance, school safety, instructional resources, and teacher quality. There is information about how our school measured against state and federal targets or expectations for performance. Information is also provided about the number of suspensions and expulsions in our school. Report data is available for our school district and for the state’s education system as a whole.
A summary of our Report Card, called the Report Card Snapshot, is enclosed with this letter. We are excited to announce that our school has “Exceeded Expected Growth” for the 2015-2016 school year and had very high performance composite scores. Our school also had a 100% graduation rate for the Class of 2016. These accomplishments are to be celebrated. This school year we were selected as one of only eight schools from North Carolina to be awarded the National Blue Ribbon School status from the United States Department of Education. This is indeed a high honor and we are so proud of our students, staff, and community! The NC Report Card for our school and district will be available on the website for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Report cards are provided for regular public schools, charter schools, and alternative schools that were open during the 2015-2016 school year.
We hope that you will take the time to explore our Report Card, but also to learn more about our school by visiting our website at http://cata.ucps.k12.nc.us. Central Academy has garnered many accolades within our academies. From winning state and regional awards in theatre to converting gas engine to electric engine automobiles, from rebuilding computers to dancing, from winning state health occupations competitions to creating video games from the ground up, from earning superior ratings with our band and chorus to building robots, Central Academy is leading the way in STEM and Arts education. Central Academy students work hard both in and out of the classroom. Central Academy is a solid competitor in the 2A athletic conference and a contender for conference and regional championships in many sports each year.
Central Academy is a public magnet school within Union County Public Schools where student learning is based in Academy Studies. Students entering CATA choose an academy of interest: Performing Arts, Information Systems, Pre-Engineering, Transportation, and Medical Science. Central Academy focuses on development of integrated activities between and among academic and technical teachers to enhance student understanding and real-world relevance. Students at Central Academy participate in academy classes, core curriculum classes, and challenging electives. Students are active participants during school and outside of the school day as they engage in a flourishing Student Life Program. As a team of educators we work to develop the talents and passions within our students and to develop our students as future leaders, problem solvers, citizens, and 21st century learners.
At Central Academy, we are extremely proud of our students’ academic excellence and the outstanding faculty and staff who work to educate our students each day. Parent involvement is very important to the success of our school. I encourage you to review our Report Card and school carefully and communicate with me about any questions or concerns that you may have.
Thank you for allowing me to share this Report Card with you. We appreciate your support as we continue to “Lead the Way” in the education of our children, so that they may “Lead the Way” in the future. Go Cougars!
Dr. Kim Fisenne, Principal