Motto: At CCA, everybody’s job is to learn.
Welcome to CCA Academy! We are a small, structured high school learning community where teachers and staff reinforce skills and challenge students with rigorous classes so they may aspire to new hopes, new dreams, and new futures. At CCA, we offer an education in a small family environment and meet students at their point of need to help them succeed beyond high school. Not only do students learn at CCA—everyone does. And, we learn from one another. Faculty and staff continuously learn new ways of imparting knowledge to equip students with the tools necessary for survival in the 21st Century.
May 6, 2013–CCA Academy’s Urban Agriculture/Ecology was featured on CBS2 News in the “Your Chicago” segment. View the segment by clicking on the link below. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/
May 3, 2013–CSW Career Academy students prepared lunch for students from Harper High School at MK Restaurant on April 29th. The event was featured on NBC5. Click the link below to watch the segment and read the article. http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/MK-Restaurant-Hosts-a-Student-Run-Lunch-205310601.html
June 26, 2012–CCA Academy was featured in the July-August issue of Mother Jones magazine in the article “There Grows the Neighborhood.” The article talks about developing community gardens and green spaces as a way of transforming blighted urban areas and CCA’s plans for expansion of its community garden. Below is a link to an electronic version of the magazine. The story can be found on page 38. http://www.zinio.com/reader.jsp?issn=0362-8841&o=ext
June 8, 2012– The CCA Aquaponics team took first place at the Youth Connection Charter School (YCCS) STEM Academic Challenge. The theme of the challenge was “Sustainable Solutions to Transform the Urban Landscape” and was held at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Seniors LaVonne Anderson, Khawwah Williams, and Jonnequa Willis and juniors Imari Bearden and John Crooks conducted a three-week experiment to test the yield of spinach and basil plants one could gather from a 10-gallon fish tank containing three tilapia. The students constructed a system using a standard fish tank and filter with a custom grow bed.
June 8, 2012– CCA’s film student-created film Love and Abuse won first place in the Issue of Urgent Concern category at the Chicago Youth Community Film Festival. Festival judges called the film well-shot, well-written, well-acted and important. The film addresses domestic and dating violence among high school-aged students. A fictitious couple is depicted in the film among domestic violence statistics. At the end, the number to the domestic violence hotline was given.