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Congratulations CAL Seniors 2020

Congratulations to our CAL seniors. We wish we could have celebrated with you in person but we are with you in spirit. We hope you enjoy this celebration of all you have accomplished over the course of your two years with us. We look forward to seeing all the amazing things you will accomplish.


CAL is now taking applications from prospective students. If you want to apply to CAL the upcoming school year, beginning in September 2019, click the “Apply to CAL” button to complete a CAL Application.

Welcome to CAL Charter: The Center for Advanced Learning

You are the next generation of doers, innovators and leaders. Attending CAL gives you hands-on experience exploring and discovering your life’s work, preparing you for a fulfilling career doing what you love. Students at CAL earn a strong foundation for college, career and life. CAL graduates earn more money, gain more economic freedom and make more significant impacts in their communities.

During Junior and Senior years you’ll spend half your school day at CAL.The Center for Advanced Learning makes it possible for bright, engaged teens to become successful professionals in today’s most innovative industries.  Each CAL student’s education is enriched by college-level coursework, hands-on learning, diverse program offerings, and real-world experience.  All students have the potential to apply what they’ve learned at CAL as they move from high school, to college and professional success. Go CAL!

When I got to college I was so far ahead of my peers. Thanks CAL! CAL Student

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CAL Core Values


The people of CAL value all types of thinkers and doers: those who can learn from each other; who enjoy working as teams; who are up to the challenge to ask hard questions.  We challenge one another to explore & grow our knowledge beyond rote and compliant course work.


Our minds are freethinking.  Students come from different high schools, representing diverse neighborhoods and families, so they learn to generate unique ideas from multiple perspectives.


Creating solutions to problems requires collaboration.  We work together to explore new ideas, experiment, and persevere.


Above all else, we’re dedicated to working on relevant, real-world challenges.  We learn from industry professionals in our program areas, apply knowledge as interns in real jobs, and activate our professional skills relevant to today’s workplace.


Meet real and successful entrepreneurs and learn how they built their businesses from the ground up in CAL’s CHANGElab. If you have a can do attitude, love creative challenges, and one day want to run your own business DESIGNlab is for you.

Design 2 Fab

Design2Fab Lab is a product creation and development program with an emphasis on athletic apparel and shoe wear. Students will focus on market and consumer driven design and will be professionally and academically ready for an internship or entry into a college program. If you are passionate about design and would love to work in the exciting world of sports apparel creation Design 2 Fab is for you.

Health Sciences

Get prepared for a wide range of health occupations. CAL grads go on to become doctors, nurses and assistants working in hospitals, clinics and medical offices. If you are passionate about health and want to be part of the rapidly changing world of healthcare Health Sciences is for you.

Computer Information Systems

CAL’s Computer Information Systems Program will teach you the fundamental skills of cyber security, computer programming, networking and game design. If you are passionate about cutting edge technology and want to be part of the fastest growing sector of the job market CIS is for you.

Digital Media and Design

The CAL DMD Program offers you the ability to practice design, advertising, digital storytelling, photography and videography using the latest high-tech equipment and technology to produce videos, ads, photos, brochures, posters, illustrations, websites and more. If you are creative minded and have a passion for design then DMD is right for you.

Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing

Mechanical engineers are designers who create objects that move. The most broad of engineering disciplines, mechanical engineering attracts designers, problem-solvers, managers, producers, and collaborators. If you are a tinkerer, a builder, a designer who wants to work with industry standard tools and highly technical manufacturing processes MEM is for you.