Milestones Across the Decades

Milestones Across The Decades


First Decade – The Early Years

1978: Community Christian Alternative Academy (CCA) opens in the basement of  Presentation Catholic Church located at 3940 W. 13th Street and, a month later, moves to the school building of Ebenezer Lutheran Church where CCA remained for the next 10 years. 1979: The Illinois State Board of Education awards CCA approval to grant high school diplomas in its first academic year. 1983: The current site at 1231 S. Pulaski, an abandoned bottle cap factory, was purchased to house the school. Students begin to rehabilitate the facility through CCA’s new building maintenance training program. 1979-1984: Other programs are introduced: counseling services, career and job readiness programs, a computer resource center, adult literacy, substance abuse prevention and youth and adult employment programs. 1986:CCA collaborates to create Community Services West, a social service agency that offers supportive programs for the schools and the community.

Second Decade- Spreading our Wings

1988: Renovation begins on adjacent building and is adjoined to the original school facility. 1989: Parent-Child Center and Teen Parenting Programs are created. 1991: Fire destroys the building interior and the facility is rebuilt. A Community Garden was developed in collaboration with the Chicago Botanic GardensThe Academy Bakery training program is opened in the Lincoln Park Community.

A Third Decade -  Ensuring our Longevity

1996: A state-of-the-art science laboratory is dedicated 2001: The facility’s south wing is built-out to move the Academy Bakery and training program home to North Lawndale. The entire facility is air conditioned. Faculty and staff grow to include an Academic Dean (2005), Reading Specialist (2007), and Two Science Instructors (2007) 2006: Rohm and Hass, an international corporation, partners to enhance science lab. CCA Basketball Team wins 1st place in ASN Basketball League. CCA Chess Team wins 15th Place in US National Chess Tournament. 2007: CCA reaches maximum capacity enrollment of 190.

Beginning a Fourth Decade – Spawning New Schools:  Meeting Emerging Needs

2008: CCA partners with CSW to launch a Renaissance 2010 School: the Community Services West Career Academy in the Academy Bakery facility. 2009: CCA students win first place at the Reel Teen Festival 2010: CCA students win first place in the San Francisco International Film Festival