Centers for Advanced Study (CAS)CAS courses are high-level, accelerated courses that follow the Purdue Three-Stage model and create opportunities for student-led inquiry, deep investigation of interest-based topics, and collaborative long-term projects. CAS courses are awarded an additional .5 weight to account for the added rigor that is infused into the curriculum. All CAS students are supported by a school-based CAS facilitator who acts a a mentor and manages a student's Gifted Individualized Education Plan (GIEP). Please see below for CAS Facilitator contact information.The CAS program provides for enriched and specially designed instruction in the following ways:
- An inquiry/problem solving approach to learning
- Advanced media and computer technology support
- Externships, apprenticeships, academic competitions, and independent studies
- Individually-designed Long Term Projects supported by teacher, community and/or university mentors
- Program facilitator(s) at each site
The Gifted and Talented Model
The Talent Development Initiative was approved by the Pittsburgh School Board for implementation at Brashear, Perry, and Langley for the 2011-2012 school year, then District-wide for the 2012-2013 school year. Under this initiative, students that demonstrate high achievement and meet specific course requirements will have the opportunity to enroll in CAS courses, previously only available to students identified as gifted. Through this initiative, students who have demonstrate that they can do the work and are motivated to meet the challenge of CAS have the ability to access these courses.
CAS criteria: At least a 3.0 overall G.P.A., proficient standardized test scores (reference application when available), 90% attendance, and at least an "A" or "B" in the course(s) of interest.
Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be available December 10, 2019 at for download.
We hope this information finds you in good health and safety during these times. As we continue to navigate the impact of COVID-19, we are committed to ensuring an equitable CAS application process for all applicants. The Gifted and Talented Office understands some students will not have the opportunity to meet the final course eligibility due to the closure of schools. Therefore, several changes have been implemented for the current 2020-2021 CAS application process. The updates are for students who applied during the CAS application process. Please access the COVID-19 CAS Application Update.
CAS Facilitator Contact Information
Isabel De Valdivia
Courtney Stitt Fischer
Janelle Price *Coordinator
Milliones University Prep
Due to specialized programming, Sci-Tech does not offer CAS courses.
However, please contact Casey Reynolds for information pertaining to Gifted programming.