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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Central Academy of Technology & Arts is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Monroe, NC. It has 834 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 92% of students are at least proficient in math and 94% in reading.
Address
600 Brewer Dr
Monroe, NC 28112
Telephone
(704) 296-3088
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Central Academy of Technology & Arts Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
94%
Percent Proficient - Math
92%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1240
202 responses
Average ACT
27
129 responses
AP Enrollment
33%
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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$45,803
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$889
National
$949
Median Home Value
$147,300
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
95%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.20 responses
Poll
85%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.20 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 85 responses
Report
  • Prom
    15%
  • Drama preformances
    13%
  • Plays
    13%
  • Pep Rallies
    12%
  • Football games
    11%
  • Dance performances
    9%
  • Varsity Basketball
    7%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
834
Free or Reduced Lunch
19%
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.21 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.21 responses
24%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.21 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$43,112
Teachers in First/Second Year
1.5%
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.26 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.26 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.26 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$9,430/ year
National
$12,239
74%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.19 responses
37%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.19 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.19 responses
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My experience with Central Academy of Technology and Arts has been great! I love that there are academy classes because I’m able to do what I love every day. Because I’m in the dance academy of performing arts, I’m able to express myself through dance every day and perform in front of all of my friends and family during the shows. I’m also able to choreograph dances which helps to expand my creativity. Because it’s also a very small school, there is a lot of one on one help from teachers. I believe this is why we are so successful in academics. One thing I would like to see change is CATA’s sports. Because our school is primarily for technology and performing arts, I believe a lot of the focus on sports is lost. It can be hard for anyone desiring a scholarship, for sports specifically, to achieve one if they don’t have the resources to be pushed to their highest potential. Other than that, I think CATA is a great school all around.
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CATA is the only magnet school in Union County, NC and offers opportunities for students to study an academy of their interest such as: Pre-Engineering, Medical, Performing Arts, Automotive, Computer Science and much more. The teachers are wonderful and I feel like I have gained an insight to my career path that I just would not have obtained in any other school. It solidified my engineering career choice and helped me zone in on the branch in which I want to pursue.

The administration, counselors, and entire team at CATA have been there for me, supported me, guided me and I feel as if when you go to CATA, you are part of the Cougar Family forever!
I absolutely loved CATA! I established friendships that I am confident I will keep for a lifetime! I was also given knowledge in the medical field to advance into college. Although, the reason for my 4-star rating is because some of the public schools in Union County began to emerge with much better medical programs where students left with a certificate, and CATA did not offer that which I felt made their academy less valuable. I also had a few issues with some math teachers, however; I overall loved my experience and would encourage any middle schools to apply! You'll have the time of your life!