Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts High School is a specialist secondary school located in North Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia run by the New South Wales Department of Education and Training. The school's motto is "Harmony in Diversity".
The school was an ordinary local high school until 1996 when Mrs B. Peatie became the headmistress and changed the school to become a specialist in creative arts. At that time there were only a few hundred students. Since then there has been an increase in students at Ku-ring-gai, with numbers now near 1000. The school takes students from its local area as well as those who "demonstrate special interest, commitment and ability in creative arts".
In addition to the usual academic subjects, KCAHS offers drama, dance, music and visual art classes, and vocational education opportunities in the areas of entertainment, photography, performance, ceramics and visual design.
Ku-ring-gai is also the only school in the state to have a NOVA program(NOVA is taken from the word Innovate). This course allows students to think of and apply new ideas and concepts in subjects which are not regularly taught in most other schools - focusing mainly on allowing the students to study practical aspects of an elected course, many of which are based in the Creative Arts. This course is what brought KCAHS to be specialist in Creative Arts.
Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts High School has computer system which utilises a Windows 'domain' system, this allows for a user to log in and access their own files on any of the school computers that are set up properly. The School library and some of the other computers utilise a collection of Terminal Servers 2 of which are available to students. The disadvantages, however, are that if someone uses a relatively large program, it can drain speed from other computers.
The school's computers run a either Windows XP or Windows Terminal Client, the Terminal Servers used are Windows Server 2003 RC2.
On the 8th of April, 2008, there was a bomb threat, on the school around midday. A call had been made to the school claiming that there was a bomb inside one of the classrooms. All students and staff were evacuated to the back oval of the school and remained there until half past one in the afternoon, when it was declared safe to return to class. No explosives were found.
The School recently upgraded the canteen, and had a competition to name it. The winning name was SHACK, which is a reversed acronym of the school name.
The school adopted a new mascot in 2008 - a Polar Bear.
Ku-ring-gai is the only school in Australia left with a dome shaped hall (all the other ones collapsed) - the Margaret Preston Hall, aka "The Bini".