Chattanooga High School Center For Creative Arts Named Nationally Certified Magnet School

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts has been named a Nationally Certified Magnet School by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools. CCA was the only school in Tennessee and among the first 55 schools located in 12 states (Al., Ca., Ct., Fl., La., Md., NC, Nv., SC, Tn., Tx., and Wi.) to successfully complete the nine month evaluation process. "CCA demonstrated through evidence, reflection, and strategic action that it has established the best practices entailed in the Magnet School Standards of Excellence," officials said.

“In an increasingly complex school choice environment, parents, families, students, and local communities can be confident that each nationally certified magnet school is held to the same high standards,” said MSA Executive Director Todd Mann. “The certification process is groundbreaking and the first of its kind. It was created to recognize our most exemplary magnet programs.”

The national certification process is based on the Magnet School Standards of Excellence and the five pillars of magnet schools (diversity, innovative curriculum and professional development, academic excellence, high quality instructional systems, and family and community partnerships). These pillars and standards define the essential elements and characteristics of high-quality magnet programs, officials said.

To become nationally certified, Center for Creative Arts submitted a detailed application and participated in a rigorous evaluation conducted by the National Institute for Magnet School Leadership. The application process required the school to submit evidence demonstrating how it met each of the multiple indicators encompassed in the Standards of Excellence. This included providing specific examples of how the school is promoting school diversity, closing the achievement gap, integrating a theme-based curriculum throughout the school, and encouraging parent and community involvement.  

When asked about the recent magnet school certification, Principal Debbie Smith remarked, “After going through the process to achieve Magnet School Certification, I can define it using the following descriptors: enlightening, thorough, and especially rewarding to really self-examine what our school is doing to support students.  I am thrilled to be able to share this honor with our staff, students, and families. Thanks to Magnet Schools of America for raising the bar and the awareness level for all Magnet Schools.”

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