CAT's student assessment requires students to demonstrate mastery not only in academic content knowledge but also in those key competencies mentioned above—the same competencies that researchers, education leaders and business leaders say are essential for the twenty-first-century global workforce. Pay close attention to the part of the video that focuses on the graduation portfolio.
CAT opened in 2004 and is a thriving hub of project --based learning, rigorous standards, student and teacher collaboration, and community engagement. The building is literally humming with activity. The student population is 60 percent students of color, 57 percent first generation college bound, 51 percent free or reduced lunch, and 6 percent English Language Learners. Situated atop a hill in a tidy working class San Francisco neighborhood, it fits just perfectly....exactly what a neighborhood high school should be.