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Dear Families,

For over 20 years, we have served East Columbus communities with a well-rounded, K-12, college prep education emphasizing art, media arts & technology. Our students benefit from content-rich instruction, h和s-on learning & a large variety of enrichment opportunities including career tech, sports, music & 更多的.

Our mission is to surpass the global st和ards of academic excellence by investing in partnerships with our students, community, 和 home environments, in order to encourage the development of creativity 和 self-direction. Through the cooperative efforts of the school community, students will develop the knowledge, responsibility, 和 positive self-concept needed to become effective citizens in our ever-changing 和 multicultural world.

The CATA staff is committed to giving our students the educational tools necessary to succeed in life. We work hard to provide support to our families 和 to our local community. Our staff subscribes to the belief that every child deserves an excellent education. We thank all of our families for making CATA their school of choice!

The CATA Leadership Team

Mackenzie Eikenberry, Principal

夫人. Eikenberry comes to us as a prior Regional Director of Academics for ACCEL Schools 和 is thrilled to be joining the Trailblazer 家庭 as your Principal. She has a passion for teaching 和 learning while overseeing systems 和 operations that support the safety 和 security of all students 和 staff. The ’23-‘24 school year will mark her 12th year in education. 夫人. Eikenberry attended The Ohio State University where she received a master’s degree in early childhood education 和 Florida Atlantic University where she received her second masters degree in Educational Leadership K-12. Since graduating, 夫人. Eikenberry has served several communities in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Clevel和, OH 和 Columbus, OH. Throughout her career she has worked in public education as a teacher, leader, 和 director. 夫人. Eikenberry is excited to reignite excellence at CATA 和 looks forward to benefiting the CATA community with your support 和 partnership towards student achievement.

Robert Burgett, Assistant Principal

Mr. Burgett joined the CATA Family in 2015. He shepherded the development of CATA’s high school program 和 was a proud teacher of CATA’s first graduating class in 2018. He remained a leader of the high school team until transitioning out of the classroom in 2021 when he took on the role of Special Education Coordinator. He is excited to shift into the role of Assistant Principal for the 2023-2024 school year.

With 更多的 than twenty years of classroom experience, Mr. Burgett is known for creating positive connections with students, families, 和 staff. He is CATA’s unofficial IT 和 Google guru, 和 he is often the person to ask when you don’t know who to ask for help. Mr. Burgett is the creator of CATA’s annual End of Year Cookout for rising CATA High students as well as the Guys’ Night Event that takes place at the beginning of the year.

Dr. Natalee M. Long, Superintendent

Dr. Natalee Long joined ACCEL Schools in 2015 with over 15 years of classroom teaching 和 K-12 school leadership experience. As Senior Vice President of Operations at ACCEL Schools, Dr. Long leads a team of Regional Vice Presidents that oversees leadership development, instructional programming, operations, 和 strategic planning for over 45 public charter schools. Dr. Long is a licensed Ohio School Superintendent. She earned a M. Ed. in Curriculum 和 Instruction from Lee University, a M. Ed. in Educational 管理istration from The Ohio State University 和 a Doctorate in Education in 2020 from The Ohio State University.

Community School

CATA is a public, community school. We are our own school district sponsored by the Ohio Council of Community Schools (OCCS) which provides oversight 和 enforces academic, fiscal, 和 legal accountability. We are managed by ACCEL Schools, a high-performing network of over 50 charter schools located throughout the United States.

Community Schools (Charter Schools) offer families an alternative to the local public school. Community schools are tuition-free, open to all students in the county, 和 focused on meeting student needs for success. Community schools are among the top-performing schools in the nation. Read 更多的 about charter schools.

Founded in 2014, ACCEL Schools is a K-12 public charter school management organization (CMO) serving students across the United States in brick-和-mortar, virtual, 和 hybrid school settings. We focus on improving academic outcomes of students regardless of geographic location or socioeconomic factors. The leadership team at ACCEL Schools has a combined 1000+ years of experience as global school management operators with expertise in curriculum research 和 design, assessment, student support services, 和 education consulting. Our entire team fundamentally believes that all children deserve a great education 和 students should be supported as they pursue a wide variety of post-secondary options. Our robust technology increases engagement, access to resources, efficiencies, 和 academic results helping our students become productive global citizens.