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Awards & Recognition

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 (MSA, representing 1,800 magnet schools):

National Certified Magnet School - 2017 - 2021 (currently the only school in TN with this designation!)

National Magnet School of Excellence - 2020, 2018, 2017, 2013, 2012

Learn more about this special 2020 MSA recognition here: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdN_WDRrj7w&feature=youtu.be

National Magnet School of Distinction - 2019, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2011

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 – 2022

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 nationally each year)

Outstanding Arts School - 2010 (1 of 5) Outstanding Community Partnership, 2010

Tennessee Department of Education:

Reward School - 2019, 2018, 2013, 2012 (recognizing the top 5% of schools in the state for student academic achievement and growth)

Other Noteworthy Distinctions:

100% Graduation Rate

ACT scores consistently above the state average

2020 US News & World Report: Ranked #1, Chattanooga, TN Metro Area High Schools and #1, Hamilton County High Schools

Niche: Ranked #1, Best High Schools for the Arts in Tennessee, #1, Best Public High Schools in Chattanooga Area; and #1, Best Public Middle Schools in Chattanooga Area

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