Central Academy of Technology & Arts Reviews
Rating 4.3 out of 5 154 reviews
Central Academy of Technology and Arts is a really great school for academics and the performing arts. I personally do not have artistic talents but I really loved watching the plays or musicals put on each semester. The academics are challenging but I believe this is a good thing as it prepared me for college. The only thing I wish was different was the way our sports are. Our sports teams are not very good which makes it so no one wants to go to the games.
Central Academy of Technology and Arts (or CATA) is a magnet high school for the entire Union County school district. It allows students to "major" in several areas of the arts and technology areas. I am a student in the academy of Music Production and Recording Arts(or MPRA). I was able to perform in many band concerts playing percussion instruments. I have also been able to record and edit musical scores, videos, short films, and a documentary. Our school has a state-of-the-art recording studio and editing computer lab. We are involved in all of our student performances by designing and running the lights and sound systems in our theater.
CATA is an awesome school! The students are nice and there is a noticable culture of acceptance. I can be who I am at CATA and meet others who are the same as me!
I have had a great experience at CATA. I started attending in 2018, my sophomore year. It was such a positive change from my previous high school. CATA offers many opportunities for students to succeed, many opportunities to learn about something you’re passionate about through their academies, and the environment inspires you to learn. I have made some great friendships at CATA with like-minded individuals who appreciate opportunities to succeed, as well as healthy environments to learn and grow.
I like that the school was more prepared for students with a better understanding of their studies. The school offered a more hands on approach with smaller class sizes and student access to teachers and labs.
Teachers are amazing and the course offered are wonderful. Academies offer focus for your interests, and they foster success in your career path.
CATA is a wonderful school! They do their very best to make sure they make the school has a safe environment. The counselors and teachers are all very nice, and the Principal and front office staff work extremely hard for amazing results. The different academies provide a variety of opportunities for students and create a strong sense of community.
I really loved Central Academy of Technology and Arts, or CATA for short, because of how diverse the school was. Unlike many schools, you had to apply to get into CATA and you applied and got accepted into a program, or basically a major, that you took various classes for throughout your 4 years of high school. I liked this because it focus at least one class a day specifically to your interest and there were many different programs from engineering to theater. Everyone knew everyone and I had friends in every program and I feel like our school was more unified and welcoming of others than many other schools. I wouldn't change that much about CATA, our school was a bully free school and the faculty really pushed that. There were not very many times when someone was bullied but when they were, our administration made it very clear that it was not tolerated, the bully was punished and the person that was bullied was given resources to talk to someone about it if they needed it.
CATA is in and of itself an experience like no other. For any student with any I interest whatsoever in the arts or science this is the way to go. As a student in the medical academy no comparison can be made to the type of work we’ve done and the absolute amazing teaching staff within the department (as well as just all around). Our sports might not be the best on a score board but the family that each team becomes is what truly matters. No high school or high school experience is perfect, but CATA is about as close as you’ll get to it. As a current student I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE parents to push for their student to apply!
I really enjoyed my experience at CATA. Because it is a magnet school, I got to meet a bunch of new people and make all kinds of friends. The school is very diverse and that's something I absolutely love about it. I also really liked that it gave us a chance to explore careers we're interested in. I specifically choose the engineering department and I loved all the classes. Although challenging, it was an introduction to what real life will be like. They introduced us to different disciplines of engineering which I thought was really cool. This was very helpful because now I have somewhat of an understanding of which engineering disciplines I'm interested in. In general, the classes were very good and not too strenuous, but I definitely feel prepared for college.
I have loved CATA throughout my four years here. They were the first school to really get me involved into after school activities. In my freshman year I started doing robotics and loved it. The teachers have helped me come a long way in my career. They aren't just great teachers, but great people too.
When I choose to go here I picked cyber security as my academy, some of the teachers I had that were cyber related were great. The core teachers were awesome at teaching their subject. I also played soccer and spring track for them, even though we were not the best team in the confrence we still had great players come and go. Every staff member took their job seriously when it came to our safety as people and as students. CATA uses a lottery system for middle schoolers to join if they were interested from the county.
I came to CATA on a whim, but it's been one of the best experiences so far in my life. The opportunities available to students are incredible, and you can really do anything you set your mind to. While sports here aren't the best, there is an amazing supportive academic community which sets students up to succeed.
CATA provides a great environment for learning as well as a great culture due to its melting pot of students from across the county. The engineering department is fantastic.
I loved going there, very sad I couldn't go in person my senior year. I enjoyed band and the arts programs offered. My favorite memories are at this school and if you have the opportunity you should go there. I will miss this school greatly and have formed some of my deepest friendships there. I love the teachers and the guidance counselors are always there to help you smile or help you fox an issue.
Central Academy, or CATA, is one of the most incredible schools I have ever experienced. The school is a magnet school, taking everyone and anyone from all over the county, making it extremely diverse. The diversity provides an incredible environment that is so welcoming and kind. CATA is made up of different "academies", including engineering, medical, performing arts, etc. This ability to choose a path that is more focused on your desires and goals helps the students to stay really focused on their academics. In other high schools, a student may be in classes they have no interest in, making it hard for them to want to pay attention. CATA also provides a healthy and excellent athletic program. The swim, wrestling, and track teams, are incredible and have had insane success in their competitive seasons. These students are able to perform well in their sports, and even receive full athletic scholarships to colleges, while maintaining impressive grades.
This is my last year at CATA. I am so happy that I got picked in the lottery for this school. It’s so much better than any public high school. It’s diverse and has many opportunities for all the students