Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts


South Bethlehem’s Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts (Charter Arts) is an audition-based, tuition-free, public charter school that provides a comprehensive curriculum for high school students, grades 9-12, who have a passion for the arts.

Since opening in 2003, Charter Arts is one of the most respected high schools for the arts in the nation. Close to 600 students travel to Bethlehem daily from towns across eastern Pennsylvania to attend Charter Arts. The current student body hails from 45 school districts across a 10-county region-- from as far north as the Poconos, as far south as the Philadelphia suburbs, to as far west as Lancaster County. Each graduating class of about 115 students earns close to $2.5 million in scholarships and grants to attend some of the most prestigious colleges, universities, and arts conservatories in the nation, like Bryn Mawr College, Cornell University, and Boston Conservatory. 


Any student who resides in Pennsylvania, who is entering 9th-12th grade is eligible to audition. Auditions are held in February/March for the following school year.


The school offers a full complement of core courses at the College Preparatory (CP), Honors, and Advanced Placement (AP) levels. Students major in one of seven artistic areas: dance, theatre, vocal music, instrumental music, figure skating, literary arts, or visual art. The course catalog consists of more than 200 courses ranging from traditional core courses (math, science, social studies, etc.) to college-level courses in the arts.

Charter Arts' rigorous curriculum fosters both academic and artistic excellence. The school’s impressive PA School Performance Profile (SPP) Academic Score, AP and Keystone exam statistics, SAT scores, prestigious artistic accolades, and graduation rate are a testament to the outstanding education Charter Arts provides. 


  • In 2016, Charter Arts earned the distinction as a Title I High Achievement School, placing it in the top 5% of all Title I high schools in Pennsylvania.
  • On the Keystone Exams, the Class of 2017 earned the highest combined proficiency scores of all public and charter schools in Lehigh Valley. 


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