Capital Area School for the Arts Charter School (CASA) Named One of the Best Public Charter High Schools in the Nation

Capital Area School for the Arts Charter School (CASA) has been ranked by Niche as one of the best public charter schools in Pennsylvania and the nation. Niche is the leading school search platform, providing an in-depth analysis of the quality of schools, allowing parents and students to find the best fit for their individual needs.

In its list of 2021 Best Schools, CASA was ranked in the following categories:

  • Best Public Teachers in Dauphin County – Number One
  • Best Public High School in Dauphin County – Number Two
  • Best Charter High School in Pennsylvania – Number Two out of 82
  • Best Public High School Teachers in Pennsylvania – Number 12 out of 666
  • Best Public High School Teachers Nationwide – Top 5%
  • Best Public High Schools in Pennsylvania – Top 10%
  • Best Charter High Schools Nationwide – Top 10%
  • Best High Schools for the Arts Nationwide – Top 20%

“While we’ve always known that CASA Charter School is a wonderful place to learn and grow, we’re so proud of our students and staff for earning this national distinction,” said Tim Wendling, CEO/Principal. “Niche explores the best schools nationwide based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. While we are an arts focused school, academics are a priority. This recognition captures our mission of providing students with a rich, rigorous, arts-infused high school program that enables them to succeed in college and their careers.”

CASA consistently scores well above the state average on Pennsylvania’s Keystone Exams. Located in downtown Harrisburg, the arts intensive high school educates 200 students from seven counties and 30 school districts. Major art disciplines include creative writing, dance, film and video, music, theatre, and visual arts.

CASA recently moved into its brand-new academic space in Strawberry Square. The new classrooms, science lab, and administrative offices are helping CASA build on its foundation of providing high quality, standards-based academic and arts education in the Harrisburg region.

Prior to this school year, CASA leased classrooms from Temple University’s Harrisburg campus. The new space not only enhances the STEAM education experience, it provides students with a more streamlined and secure school day.

About Capital Area School for the Arts Charter School

Granted a public charter in 2013, CASA Charter School offers a full-day, tuition-free high school program. CASA is a model of innovative and vibrant curriculum that immerses students in learning and enhances their creative talents to determine their career paths and roles in society. With the motto, “Create Yourself,” CASA’s teachers and administration inspire an academic and artistic atmosphere where the region’s most talented students thrive. CASA’s students learn to collaborate, think independently and appreciate others. They leave CASA for college, military service and careers uniquely prepared to succeed in a diverse, technologically demanding and global future.