New Charter Allows show to go on!
CASA is now accepting auditions: the application can be found here or interested students and families can call the school at 717-732-8450
Show to go on for CAPITAL SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS!
Harrisburg, PA — The Harrisburg School Board of Directors has approved the charter application for the Capital Area School for the Arts (CASA) Charter School. The charter proposal was submitted by Capital Region Arts and Education, a non-profit organization founded in Harrisburg to support arts in education.
CASA, located in Strawberry Square in downtown Harrisburg, was formed in 2001 as a partnership between the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) and its 24 member school districts to provide accelerated study for grades 9-12 in the areas of visual arts, dance, music, creative writing, theatre, and film and video. In its current model, students attend CASA for arts instruction and return to their home school district for the rest of their academic studies.
In better economic times 17 of the 24 districts paid the full tuition costs for students accepted into the program. Today, only three remaining districts cover the cost of tuition, which is $5,500 per year.
Thanks to the new charter status, CASA will not only continue operating, but will expand its curriculum to a full day of study that offers students advanced studies in art and academics, with a focus on college preparation. It also has plans to expand capacity to 200 students in the near future.
"It is the intent of the charter school to hire all the existing teachers and add teaching positions for academic instruction," said Brian Griffith, director of Curriculum Services at CAIU. "We've entered into a partnership with Temple University Harrisburg, which is also located in Strawberry Square," he said. "Students will get art instruction in the current CASA facility and then will use classroom space at Temple University for the academic portion of the day."
CASA will finish this year and will open as a charter school in the 2013/14 academic year. It will offer a full academic program for grades 9-12 and those attending will be students of CASA Charter School.. Admission will still be contingent on portfolio submission and auditions, but in accordance with state law, interested and qualified students in the Harrisburg School District will have the first opportunity to enroll.
"The CASA program has been a shining star at CAIU and we are disappointed to see it go," said Griffith. "But having it chartered was a best-case scenario and I have absolutely no doubt that it is going to flourish."
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Every school day, high school students in the central Pennsylvania area travel to Harrisburg to pursue an extraordinary opportunity offered through the Capital Area Intermediate Unit—The Capital Area School for the Arts (CASA).
Passionate about their artistic expression, students attending CASA are willing to step out of the mainstream to “create themselves” and great art. CASA continues to be the significant and innovative provider of multi-disciplinary arts education to school entities throughout the area.
CASA offers accelerated opportunities in five major art areas: visual art, dance, film and video, music, and theatre, and has now added an advanced writing program to the curriculum. The Capital Area Intermediate Unit administers CASA, which has been located in the first floor of Harrisburg’s Strawberry Square since 2009. This location places the school in the heart of downtown Harrisburg’s arts district and provides students a living classroom with architectural, governmental, and urban inspiration.
The student enrollment of CASA has increased dramatically in recent years, and currently includes young artists from more than 20 school districts. At CASA, the comprehensive integration of the arts provides for a unique and creative outlet for high school students whose exceptional talents might otherwise go undeveloped. The results: 91% of graduates are accepted into top conservatories and arts schools throughout the country. Some of the schools are North Carolina School of the Arts, Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, Tyler School of Art, Berklee College of Music, New York University Film School, Maryland Institute College of Art, Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Fordham University, Brandeis University, Rhode Island School of Design, Harvard University, and Oberlin Conservatory just to name a few.
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Giant A Plus Rewards
Dear CASA Supporters:
CASA will have the opportunity to earn CASH through this exciting program!
Please note: Re-designation of your bonuscard is required each year.
Taking just a minute of your time to designate can make a huge difference to our school. We need your support. Please be sure to designate Capital Area School For The Arts using ID #02486. Also, don’t forget to encourage your friends and relatives to do the same. It could make a huge difference to our school!
After you designate our school, each shopping trip at a participating* GIANT store using your BONUSCARD earns CASH for our school! You can track the amount of points you earn for our school by checking your grocery receipt. Each month, the amount of CASH awarded will be updated on the GIANT website. Our school will receive a check at the end of the program. The money can be used for any of our school’s educational needs.
Thank you for your support!