Student Life at CAT
As a CAT student, you can expect to work hard, but you can also expect to have FUN. We know that extracurricular activities are an important part of your high school experience, so we strive to offer the same opportunities as bigger schools. Our students participate in a wide variety of sports, clubs and other non-academic programs. We have dances, student leadership opportunities, spirit rallies, fundraisers and field trips, giving our students many ways to explore their interests and discover new passions. If students are interested in activities that we cannot offer, we help them find organizations within the community that do.
One way we create and engage a tight-knit community at CAT is to make sure all students and staff come together at Community Meetings to cover important announcements, school business and upcoming events. These also include entertaining items like spirit competitions, film screenings and guest speakers. Community Meetings are important bonding times for our community and legendary for producing some of the most memorable moments in CAT history!
Spirit Weeks, which happen once every semester, are the time for students to show their GRADE LEVEL SPIRIT!! There are dress up theme days, activities at lunch and after school, grade level competitions, spirit points and great prizes. Students – do you have ideas for the next spirit week? Talk to a member of Leadership Advisory!
Dances and Proms
CAT has 3-4 dances each year – including the Winter Ball, Halloween Dance and Valentine’s Dance. There is also a Junior/Senior Prom in the spring, where CAT students join with peers from the other Envision Schools and dance the night away at special locations in San Francisco.
We know that some very valuable, real-life learning takes place outside school walls, and our staff seeks out exciting and educational field trips to enrich the classroom experience. All CAT students also take at least one field trip to a college campus each year, where they learn about college life, academic programs and the admissions process. Individual classes or grade levels will also take trips to a variety of places. Permission slips, signed by a parent or guardian, are required for every student attending a field trip. Specific information and permission slips will be sent home 1-2 weeks before any field trip. Parent chaperones are always needed – please talk to your student’s advisor if you would like to chaperon an upcoming trip.
CAT students also enjoy participating in our annual grade-level picnics. Each grade level at the school takes a day away from the classroom to have a picnic together in one of San Francisco’s beautiful parks. We spend the day playing team-building games and eating together in hopes of building friendships throughout the year.