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We're thrilled to welcome your child(ren) to Central Academy of Arts and Technology (CAAT). At CAAT, we foster creativity, critical thinking, and innovation through access to arts and technology, preparing students for success. We value each child's unique talents and look forward to getting to know them and your family. We're honored you've chosen us and can't wait to create unforgettable memories together on our campus.

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You've been accepted! What's next? 

This is only the fist step in our journey together. Over the coming weeks and months we will have many opportunities to get to know each other and learn more about the school. Here are some things you can excerpt:


  1. Invitation to a welcome meeting: You will be invited to attend an in-person meeting in June. Sign-ups for after school program will take place at your welcome meeting.

  2. Enrollment: To officially register you will receive a link to provide registration information. This link will come to the email address we have on record. 

  3. Communications: Our principal will be sending out weekly communications with information and updates. Also, follow us on social media and subscribe to our network newsletter. Feel free to contact us via email with any questions or concerns.


    We will continue enrollment through the summer. While some grades have waitlists, we anticipate spots opening up as families make their final decisions this summer. If you have other children to enroll or family and friends interested, please share our information with them. 

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Let's Get Ready For The First Day of School

First Day of School is August 14, 2024

Where is the school located?

1701 & 1723 18th Street 

The school is located at 1701 and 1723 18th Street in downtown Bakersfield. We do not currently have an office on site. We will notify families once we have exclusive access to the buildings and we look forward to hosting an open house in the coming weeks. Please do not visit the site requesting access, security is present and visitors are not permitted at this time.

Will transportation be provided?

Not at this time. 

At this time, the school is not providing transportation. While charter schools like CAAT receive state funding, we do not receive funds for transportation like traditional districts.

Will the school provide meals?

Breakfast, lunch, and snack. 

We will provide breakfast, lunch, and a snack each day at no cost to all students. You may send snacks or pack your child a lunch if you prefer. Lunch menus will be posted at the beginning of August.

We are a nut-free campus! Our health and wellness policy also prohibits students from bringing sodas and energy drinks to school

What does my child need for the first day of school?

Scholars need a backpack. 

Every scholar needs a backpack that can fit a standard three-ring binder and their electronic devices. If you need assistance getting your child a backpack, please reach out and let us know.

We provide all of the tools and supplies your child needs to be successful at school.

What are the school hours? 

8:00 AM - 3:30 PM, Mon - Fri

The school opens at 7:30 AM for student drop off. Instruction begins promptly at 8:00 AM. Students are dismissed for pick up at 3:30 PM. We offer a free after school program from 4:00 PM to

6:00 PM. 

Do I need to contact my child’s current school?

We can do that for you.

Our team will request your child’s records from their current school. You do not need to take any action to withdraw your child from your current school. As a courtesy, you may want to let your current school know that your child will not be attending next year, especially if your child is attending a private school.

What is the school’s dress code?

We have a school uniform. 

School uniform polos will be available to purchase over the summer. The school uniform consists of a school polo shirt and black or khaki pants, shorts, or skirts. No black denim or cargo pants/shorts are allowed. Black or white shoes that are appropriate for physical activity should be worn. There will be other options for school attire throughout the year.

Some dance classes will require students to wear appropriate attire and shoes. We will discuss your child’s schedule and provide information about any additional attire required at your welcome meeting. If you need financial assistance with uniform purchases, please contact us.

Can my child have their cell phone at school?

Yes, but with limited use. 

Yes. Students must keep their cell phones in their backpacks unless they have permission to use their phone for the purpose of learning, which may occur in special classes or instances. Please note that the school is not responsible for lost, stolen, or broken cell phones.

When are school breaks?

Caat school calendar is linked below. 


As a technology academy, much of your scholar’s school work will be digital. Each child is assigned a device that can be taken home. However, if you prefer for your child to leave their device at school, you will need to provide access to one at home. For some classes scholars will be able to bring devices from home. We will discuss this policy at your welcome meeting.

Access to the internet at home is not required, but is highly encouraged. If your family does not have internet access, please reach out so we can provide you with information on programs that can provide assistance.

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The Arts 

The seven classical arts. 

We will nurture your child's creativity through the arts. We offer a range of arts electives, including dance, music, painting, and more, allowing each student to explore their passions and interests.


We encourage parents to engage in conversations with their child about these opportunities, helping them select electives that align with their unique talents and aspirations. Our arts program develop students confidence, self-expression, and a deeper appreciation for the arts.

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