The Choctaw Alternative Transitional School (CATS) was founded in 1995, and serves approximately 120 high school students throughout the school year from Choctaw-Nicoma Park and Jones School Districts. Students attend evening classes at Choctaw High School and participate in daytime learning such as career-tech, post-secondary concurrent enrollment, community service, and work-site learning. The program serves students who have not been successful in a traditional learning environment and provides them with opportunities to earn their high school diploma, gain self-esteem, and develop lifelong learning habits.
Our academy is a school of choice that has caring, dedicated, and professional educators. Each student participating in the program receives an individual plan to meet academic and graduation goals; a career-development plan of study; and a network of teachers, counselors, and workplace mentors to assist them in meeting their goals. The educational components that are included in our program are the keys to its success. With a self-paced and competency-driven curriculum, students must score 80 percent or better before advancing to the next unit within a course. The extensive use of individual counseling, life skills instruction, art education, work-based learning experiences, community service, and career-tech programs are also a vital part in the success. Students complete requirements for graduation and leave our program with life skills to become productive citizens. All of the students in the program are potential dropouts or dropout recovery students. This program has significantly and consistently helped keep the dropout rate for these schools below state average.