Central Elementary became the Central Academy of the Arts (CAA) in the fall of 2018. At that time, we transitioned from a traditional elementary school into an arts magnet school and began implementing The Kennedy Center's art integration focus. Arts integration is defined by The Kennedy Center as “an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject and meets evolving objectives in both.” We believe that our students’ social, emotional, and educational needs are better met through the integration of the arts in their learning of new information and demonstration of mastery of new skills. We look forward to your child and family joining us on this journey of arts discovery!
Since establishing itself as an Arts magnet, CAA has been named a South Carolina Distinguished Arts Program Grant recipient. The Distinguished Arts Program (DAP) grant is a state program designed to assist schools in creating and implementing art initiatives that support quality arts education programs for students. Mrs. Goode, principal of CAA was also named the Palmetto State Arts Education - Arts Administrator of the Year in 2019. This recognition is awarded to school leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to arts programs, making a difference in the lives of South Carolina's school students, and seek to advance learning in and through the arts for all students.