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Crenshaw Arts/Tech Charter High (C.A.T.C.H.) is a charter high school within the Los Angeles Unified School District (L.A.U.S.D.). Created by Founder and Director Patricia D. Smith, the goal of C.A.T.C.H. is to provide students with an alternative to a traditional public high school education by incorporating the arts and technology into multiple aspects of classroom instruction. Performing arts are greatly emphasized at the school, as well as computer literacy and other state of the art technological advances… all in an effort to provide students with a well-rounded, college preparatory education.

At C.A.T.C.H. we expect every student to not only graduate from high school, but attend college. It is the mission of every staff member at the school to meet each student’s particular needs in order to fulfill this expectation. C.A.T.C.H. is unique in that it is the first and only inner-city performing arts charter school in the history of the Los Angeles Unified School District, and exemplifies an exciting new opportunity for students in a community that is filled with great potential. Through the performing arts and the opportunity to use innovative technology in and out of the classroom, students in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles have their talents tapped into and they are given a forum for expression like never before!

What is a charter School?:
According To The State Of California: A charter school is a public school and may provide instruction in any of grades Kindergarten through twelfth. A charter school can be created or organized by a group of teachers, parents, community leaders or a community-based organization, and is usually sponsored by an existing local public school board or county board of education. Specific goals and operating procedures for the charter school are detailed in an agreement (or “charter”) between the sponsoring board and charter organizers.

What This Means For You:
Charter schools are generally exempt from most laws governing school districts, except where specifically noted in the legislature. California public charter schools are required to participate in statewide assessment tests such as the STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) program, and report their results to the Department of Education in accordance with timelines determined by the State of California. The law also requires that a public charter school be nonsectarian in its program, admission policies, employment practices, and all other operations, and prohibits the conversion of a private school to a charter school. Public charter schools may not charge tuition and may not discriminate against any pupil on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, or gender.

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