The Center for Arts & Technology is proud to offer students in grades 9 through 12 a career and technical education along with a rigorous academic foundation needed for college success, career readiness and life-long learning. We work diligently to provide technical training and to build academic confidence in our students.
As preparation for post-secondary education and employment, career and technical education provides students the opportunity to analyze, synthesize, and critically evaluate real world scenarios. Learning takes place in the classroom and in learning laboratories.
Students demonstrate their learning skills in career-related competitions and on state-mandated standardized tests. We expect all students to attain a proficient or advanced level of achievement in both their academic and technical programs.
We believe students achieve the best results from hard work, shared goals, and the desire to perform at one’s best.
We invite you to partner with the Center for Arts & Technology during your high school years to exceed your dreams!
The Center for Arts & Technology is accepting applications for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years.
Please note: CAT Brandywine was replaced by the Chester County Technical College High School (TCHS) Brandywine Campus in fall of 2012. Click here to find out TCHS Brandywine Campus.
You may complete an application as follows:
Parents and students are encouraged to allot a minimum of 15 minutes to complete the online application.
To learn more about the programs offered at CAT Brandywine (currently) and TCHS-Brandwine (replacing CAT-B starting in the 2012-2013 school year), watch our video or download a course catalog.
Applications are accepted throughout the school year for enrollment in the fall and spring semesters.
The occupational assessment (CareerScope) is required prior to acceptance. An occupational assessment is included as part of the admissions process for both campuses of the Center for Arts and Technology (CAT). Usually, this occupational assessment testing is arranged through a student's sending school guidance counselor and takes place at the sending high school or middle school. As needed, testing may be scheduled at both CAT facilities:
CAT Brandywine Assessment Center, Coatesville (610) 384-1585 Ext. 316
CAT Pickering Assessment Center, Phoenixville (610) 983-0173
The CareerScope Occupational Assessment includes an interest inventory and measures aptitudes aligned with Federal Department of Labor standards. The list of occupations/job groupings included in the report given to the student and guidance staff highlights the occupations in which the student has shown high interest and aptitude. By understanding his/her strengths, a student can focus on choosing occupational areas that provide better opportunities for success. A major goal of occupational assessment is to help each student successfully further his/her education and enter the work force.
Aptitude for specific training (CareerScope)
Achievement record (grade point average)
Teacher recommendations (2)
Career readiness essay
The Center for Arts & Technology will not discriminate in accepting students on the basis of gender, race, creed, religion, national origin, ethnic background, or disability. For students with disabilities, accommodations in or waivers of any of the foregoing criteria shall be made in accordance with the specific provisions of the Individualized Education Program (IEP), Accommodation Plan, or Service Agreement of each student, as long as the criteria actually considered objectively demonstrates that the student will derive meaningful vocational benefit from and can participate safely in the career and technical program to which he or she seeks admission.
Should it become necessary, quotas for each school district will be established based on:
The ratio of the total ADM (grades 9-12) of each member district to the total ADM (grades 1-12) of all member districts.
Students already attending the CAT will have priority and remain in attendance until courses are completed as long as their educational progress is satisfactory.
If a participating district does not fill its quota of pupils, vacancies will be distributed among the participating districts' students.
The highest ranking students (based on admission criteria) will be admitted first, regardless of district of residence.