► Where is Communications Arts?
We are on the Taft High School campus (located at 11600 Culebra Road) near Sea World on the west side of San Antonio, Texas. (See a map here)
► What are the requirements for admission to Communications Arts?
Admission is based on the following criteria: commitment to develop exceptional skills in written, oral, and visual communications; satisfactory attendance; satisfactory conduct (citizenship marks on report cards and referrals to the Vice-Principal’s Office are considered); satisfactory standardized test scores; and at least a “C” average in middle school.
Admission to Communications Arts High School is open only to students residing within the boundaries of Northside Independent School District.
► How many students do you accept?
We accept approximately 135 freshmen and five to ten sophomores each year. We do not accept anyone after the beginning of the sophomore year.
► What is the size of the school?
We have about 520 students and twenty teachers.
► How are students chosen?
Every application is read to be sure students meet the admission requirements; then the eligible applicants are entered into a lottery, where each applicant has the same chance to be chosen.
► Where can I get an application?
During the application period, from January through March (with applications typically due in February), applications will be available at all Northside middle schools, online at the Communications Arts website, and in the CAHS main office.
► Will my parents have to drive me to ComArts?
NISD provides transportation to all students who live within the district. New bus routes are built each year based on where our students live.
► For what career fields are students being prepared?
CAHS does not focus on any particular career; rather, the philosophy is that skills in speaking, writing, using technology, and understanding visual images serves as a foundation for college, for all careers, and for life.
► Is your school an arts school?
We are NOT a visual or performing arts school. Our curriculum focuses on communication skills in writing, speaking, using technology, and understanding visual images.
► Why do you require three credits of Spanish instead of letting students select their language?
Spanish is the second most spoken language in the United States. ComArts wants to give our students a linguistic advantage no matter where they choose to live and what career they elect to pursue.
► Will I be able to play sports?
Yes, ComArts students may participate in all of the sports and extra-curricular activities at Taft.
► Is Communications Arts hard?
We like to use the term "rigorous." All of the core courses are pre-AP, AP, and/or Dual Credit. Our teachers are very supportive and work to help students be successful. Students start AP and Dual Credit classes their freshman year.
► What do "AP" and "Dual Credit" mean?
These are courses taught on a college level, which afford students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. "AP" stands for Advanced Placement; students must score a particular score on a national test to earn college credit. "Dual Credit" means eligible students earn high school and college credit for the course. Our college affiliate is Northwest Vista.
► If my older sibling is already at ComArts, am I automatically accepted?
No. Having a sibling at ComArts is not considered. All eligible applicants have the same opportunity to be chosen in the lottery.
► What happens if I need extra help in these advanced classes?
Teachers are available for extra assistance before school, at lunch, and after school.
► What Endorsements can I earn at Communications Arts?
By following the Communications Arts High School curriculum, students will take courses that lead to a Multidisciplinary diploma endorsement. Additionally, students may be able to earn other endorsements depending on the elective credits they earn throughout their high school career.
► How many electives can I take?
Each year you will have one elective. Other “electives” will actually be filled by ComArts requirements.
► Does ComArts have a waiting list?
We do not have a waiting list, in that students are not ranked. However, students who are not chosen in the initial lottery continue to be eligible for subsequent lotteries. Typically, we will have one or two additional drawings during the summer as openings become available.