More than 65 student events are presented annually: art exhibits, literary galas, plays, vocal music concerts, musical theatre, orchestra, band, choir, piano, dance ensemble, and guitar concert performances. The curriculum includes rigorous academic coursework for middle and high school students, including many honors, Advanced Placement (AP), and dual enrollment courses in high school.
CCA has developed artistic and fundraising partnerships with community organizations such as: Chattanooga Ballet, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, Ballet Tennessee, Association for Visual Arts, Arts Build, Southern Lit Alliance, Chattanooga Theatre Centre, WSMC FM 90.5, Junior League of Chattanooga, Unum, Target, Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union, Public Education Foundation, Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga.
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 Distinction, 2011, 2014 and 2015
National Magnet School of Excellence, 2012 and 2013
Outstanding Secondary Magnet School in the U.S., 2013 (only 1 awarded each year)
Arts Schools Network (representing 1,500 arts schools):
Exemplary School 2015 – 2017
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)