Follow Your Dreams at CCCEPA

The Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts (CCCEPA) is a coeducational public magnet school housed on the campus of Pebblebrook High School in Mableton, Georgia, just west of Atlanta. CCCEPA offers unparalleled training in Dance, Vocal Music, Drama, and Technical Theatre, complemented by a robust and innovative academic curriculum.

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CCCEPA at a Glance

351

Current Students

83

Graduates in 2020

8

Million Dollars in Scholarships in 2020

67

Number of Broadway Shows Featuring CCCEPA Alumni

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Return to School

The Cobb County School District has published a website (https://www.cobblearningeverywhere.com/)

to provide additional information for families as they make decisions about a return to learning for the new school year. With approval from the CCSD, we have now begun to plan for students enrolled in the CCCEPA magnet to be taught by the CCCEPA magnet faculty in both the remote and in-person options. All magnet courses will continue to be taught by magnet faculty. The magnet curriculum and opportunities in both formats will be as identical as we can make them. Therefore, students do not have to worry that choosing one option over the other will limit their experience in any way.

 

Things to consider:

 

  • There are no plans for any live performances at CCCEPA for at least the fall semester. We are working to create innovative ways to provide performance opportunities in a virtual format during fall semester.

 

  • There will be no in-person singing, acting, piano, set construction, or dancing on campus during the fall semester. All instruction delivered on campus will be academic (e.g., music theory, theatre history, dance vocabulary, stagecraft) with distanced seating to the extent possible. Instruction will be identical to what students receive in the remote format.

 

  • All performance portions of the curriculum will be taught remotely for all CCCEPA students, including those who choose to come to campus for the in-person academic portion of the curriculum. Reliable access to technology will be a requirement for all CCCEPA magnet students. We will work with families who require assistance with access to technology.

 

  • The PA 5th period will not be taught on campus this fall. The PA 5th period will be taught remotely. It will not occur during the usual 3:30-4:15 time, but on a flexible schedule to be determined by individual teachers as we develop the performance portion of this fall’s curriculum. Magnet buses will follow their usual morning schedule but will depart the campus earlier at 3:30PM each day. Per CDC recommendations, masks are expected for bus drivers and are strongly recommended for students, as social distancing cannot be achieved on a school bus.

 

  • Grading will be the same for CCCEPA magnet classes in both the in-person and remote options.

Of course, we know there will be questions. This is meant to be a broad overview of our plan to assist families as you determine which option is best for you. We will begin to compile a FAQ document that will be posted at cccepa.com in the coming days. Know that our primary commitment is to continue to provide the quality arts education our stakeholders expect in a way that prioritizes the health and safety of our students and faculty.

2020 Commencement

The District will hold a traditional, in-person ceremony for each high school at Cantrell Stadium on the campus of McEachern High School. Pebblebrook’s 2020 Commencement will be held on Wednesday, July 22nd, 7:30 PM at McEachern High School. To facilitate appropriate social distancing, each graduate will receive four (4) tickets for family or guests. Ticket distribution will be Wednesday, July 15th in the Betty Gray Parking lot. We will hold two (2) times for pick up to make it easier for our families that cannot make it in the morning. We will have a distribution between 9:00 – 11:00 AM and again 4:00 – 6:00 PM on July 15th. Visit the Pebblebrook website HERE for the most up-to-date information.

For the health and safety of all graduates, guests, and staff, we must follow guidance from state and local public health officials, which is specific to Cobb County.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Each graduate will receive four (4) tickets for family and guests to attend, which will allow room for social distancing. Schools will communicate details to graduates and families regarding ticket pick-up.
  • To accommodate family and friends who are unable to attend commencement, the District will stream the ceremonies live. The links are provided within the schedule below.
  • Graduates, guests, and staff should not attend commencement if they have any symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, chills, shortness of breath, new or worsening cough, headache, sore throat, new loss of smell or taste, vomiting, diarrhea, or body aches.
  • Guests and graduates considered to be medically fragile per Governor Kemp’s executive order are encouraged not to attend the ceremony.
  • Before entering the stadium, temperature checks and symptom screenings will be performed on all graduates and guests who attend.
  • No handshaking will occur during the ceremonies.
  • Graduates and guests are asked to not congregate on the school campus following the ceremony.
  • All graduates, guests, and staff are strongly encouraged to wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be provided throughout the stadium.
  • Participation in commencement is completely voluntary, and we respect that everyone has a different situation and comfort level with being in a public venue during this time.

GRADUATE INFORMATION

  • Graduates should report to the HPEW Gymnasium for line-up and ceremony instructions 90 minutes before the start of the ceremony. The location of the HPEW Gymnasium is shown on the campus map which will soon be available on the this web page.
  • Graduates will be seated on the field, spaced six feet apart.
  • Schools will communicate participation and ceremony details to graduates.

AUDIENCE INFORMATION

  • Gates will open one hour before each ceremony. Early admission will not be permitted.
  • Audience seating will be available in the grandstands with overflow seating on the field (behind the graduate seating section).
  • Family members may sit in groups spaced six feet apart from other family groups.
  • Guests will not be allowed in the graduate seating area.

Please note that road construction surrounding McEachern High School will impact traffic flow on and off the campus. Detailed information regarding traffic flow and parking will be added to this web page once the details are finalized. The District is working closely with Cobb County Government, including Cobb County DOT, as well as other partners, to provide the most efficient flow of traffic for these ceremonies.

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