The Center for Advanced Studies and the Arts concept was born in the 1980's out of a desire to offer a larger variety of high level courses by high schools with limited funding. Founding consortium members, Berkley, Ferndale and Oak Park, began offering classes in 1983. At the time, four classes were offered with an enrollment of 35 students.
In 1986, Madison School District joined the CASA consortium.
Clawson School District joined in 1987. By this time, 21 classes were offered to 280 students.
In 2001, The Lamphere Schools joined CASA, bringing the total to six participating school districts. Enrollment ran between 370 - 390. Nineteen of the 41 courses offered at CASA were Advanced Placement.
On July 16 & 17, 2002, CASA moved to its new location. Owned by the Ferndale School District, CASA is housed in the Jackson Center for Advanced Studies and the Arts, a centrally located facility in the City of Oak Park. Students may select to drive to CASA; however, bus transportation to and from CASA is available to those students wishing to use it.
Seven rooms needed renovation; changing an elementary school to meet the demands of a high school program is not without its share of problems. Science rooms, computer rooms, art rooms, and another dance studio with changing room had to be placed in the 40,000-plus square foot facility.
Additionally, the parking lot was resurfaced and painted to accommodate additional parking.
Pontiac joined CASA for the 2018-2019 school year as well.