The Center School (TCS or Center) is a small public high school with a focus on the arts and community engagement. Located at the heart of the Seattle Center, TCS draws its 300 students from throughout the Seattle School District. Since 2001, The Center School's rigorous, college-prep, academic curriculum has attracted attention. Located in the Center House, the school utilizes resources in the heart of Seattle's cultural, civic and arts communities. There is an effort to extend learning behond the classroom walls by using professional venues for drama classes, creating partnerships with local artists, and involving ourselves in the city. A focus on social justice issues also provides opportunities for students to have an impact on the world outside the schoolhouse. In 2001, Seattle Public Schools opened The Center School, focusing on integrating the arts into the curriculum. Arts integration can significantly advance students' academic and creative abilities and cognitive functioning. It can strengthen all areas of visual, oral, and written communication and provide more opportunities for creative problem-solving and analytical thinking necessary for the 21st century.