CRAE
Supporting artistic education since 2013
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CRAE

Capital Region Arts & Education

 

Supporting Excellence in Regional Artistic Education

CRAE was specifically formed to provide sustainable funding and financial support to CASA and its efforts to achieve its mission. CRAE's Board of Directors has worked with the local communities, foundations, corporations and individual donors to provide the types of financial resources necessary to sustain CASA's important work in the education of its students.


I loved getting a quality education while pursing my passion for dance and attending a school with fewer students. I love the fact that we use “the city” as our classroom sometimes. The staff and teachers love their work and it shows.
— Senior 2017

 

Letter from the Chair

CASA (Capital Area School for the Arts) Charter School is Central Pennsylvania’s premiere high school for arts education. CASA provides an outstanding traditional curriculum in all major subjects, as well as a unique arts education where students complete focused studies in the art field of their choice.  The school accepts students based on audition for entry into one of six artistic disciplines: dance, theater, film and video, music, creative writing and visual arts.  In the short time since its doors first opened in 2013, CASA has become the region’s hub for creative and academic talent, now serving nearly 200 students. 

This artistic talent has been recognized and featured in local galleries and regional publications.  Our graduating students have been accepted into prestigious post-secondary programs at New York University and Atlantic Acting School.  The line-up of the students’ annual performances include school showcases created by the students themselves, as well as a first-rate musical production that highlights the incredible talent of these amazing young people. 

Since its inception, CASA Charter School’s faculty, staff and Board of Trustees have prioritized the creation and maintenance of a rigorous academic curriculum.  Throughout these initial years, 11th grade test scores – the only scores counted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education – have been among the best in Central Pennsylvania.  CASA’s School Performance Profile (SPP) score for 2016-2017 was an 90.3, placing it as one of the top 3 charter schools in the state. 

CRAE (Capital Region Arts and Education) was specifically formed to provide sustainable funding and financial support to CASA and its efforts to achieve its mission.  CRAE’s Board of Directors has worked with the local communities, foundations, corporations and individual donors to provide the types of financial resources necessary to sustain CASA’s important work in the education of its students.

To learn more about CASA Charter School, please visit our website at www.casa-arts.org.  You will see that CASA’s students are learning, exploring, creating and thriving everyday.

Sincerely,                                                                               

Sylvie F. St. Hilaire
Chair, Board of Directors                      
Capital Region Arts & Education