CAT: A Thriving Hub of Student and Teacher Collaboration
February 25, 2011 05:55 pm
I have been involved in school reform for some time now. I know this because some one recently referred to me as “seasoned.” Ouch. During all that time, I have been lucky enough to participate in many school visits. My visit last week to the City Arts and Technology High School in San Francisco was hands down one of the most engaging and satisfying visits I have ever made.
City Arts (or CAT as it is known) is part of a small network of schools called Envision Schools. Envision is a charter management company based in Oakland that operates four college prep public charter schools. In total, these four high schools serve 1,300 students. CAT was opened in 2004 and it is a thriving hub of project –based learning, rigorous standards, student and teacher collaboration, and community engagement. The building is literally humming with activity. The student population is 60% students of color, 57% first generation college bound, 51% free or reduced lunch, and 6% English Language Learners. Situated atop a hill in a tidy San Francisco neighborhood, it fits just perfectly….exactly what a neighborhood high school should be like.
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