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Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts

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The 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. The school is located in the heart of South Bethlehem's arts district. 

Since opening in 2003, Charter Arts is one of the most respected high schools for the arts in the nation. More than 600 students travel into 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. 

Eligibility

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.  Auditions are by appointment only and can be scheduled by filling out an Audition Request form located on the school's admissions page at www.CharterArts.org. 

Curriculum

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, instrumental music, literary arts, production arts, theatre, visual art, or vocal music. The course catalog consists of more than 250 courses ranging from traditional core courses (math, science, social studies, etc.) to college-level courses in the arts.  Students spend a portion of their day in their artistic major classes and a portion of their day in their core academic classes.

Charter Arts' rigorous curriculum fosters both academic and artistic excellence for its students. The school’s impressive Future Ready PA Index ranking, Advanced Placement (AP) exam statistics, Keystone exam statistics, SAT scores, prestigious artistic accolades, and graduation rate are a testament to the outstanding education Charter Arts provides.  

Accolades

Charter Arts is proud to celebrate its seventeenth year as one of the most respected high schools for the arts in the nation. Charter Arts was one of only 349 schools in the nation to be named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, Charter Arts earned a Silver Award for its impressive ranking on U.S. News & World Report's 2019 Best High Schools for the Arts in America list.

  • In 2020, Charter Arts earned the distinction as a Title I High Achievement School for the fourth year in a row, placing it in the top 5% of all Title I high schools in Pennsylvania. 
  • In 2019, Charter Arts was named the #1 charter high school in Pennsylvania by Niche.  
  • On the Keystone Exams, Charter Arts ranks in the TOP 5 of all public and charter high schools in the Lehigh Valley for highest combined proficiency scores.
  • Charter Arts' student and faculty earn countless accolades every year- read more on the school website, CharterArts.org

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