Welcome back to school for the 2015-2016 school year!
We begin a new era in the history of the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts (Charter Arts) as we begin the school year in our new state-of-the-art and LEED Certified Gold building right in the heart of Bethlehem’s south side arts and cultural district. The Charter Arts administration, faculty and staff are excited to welcome students through the doors of our new home for the very first time on September 8th.
This very special time also gives us a chance to reflect on how far we have come and what the future promises. First, let us all remember those administrators, teachers, and students who were there at the start of our school twelve years ago. They gave the school its direction and early success. Let us not forget all of our alumni who have now gone on to higher education and to a wide variety of successful careers. Charter Arts graduates are making an impact on our community, our nation, and our world in so many ways… from education, engineering and science to art, music and education.
Now, in our new facility, the amazing story and achievements of our very special school and students will continue in a dramatic new structure within a vibrant arts community. This will happen with the combined efforts of all of us–administrators, staff, faculty, students, parents, family, and our community.
Charter Arts’ mission every day is to ensure that every student who walks through our doors will experience a challenging academic and arts education that prepares them for a successful life. We have learned at Charter Arts that all children learn differently. Students who choose our school exhibit a passion for the arts which drives them to have a passion for every subject. Indeed, we know that the arts are a crucial pathway for a creative and successful life in every possible field of human endeavor.
I am honored to start my sixth year at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts as the school enters this new era. I am honored to be a part of a school that has established itself as one of the most respected high schools for the arts in the nation as we continue to receive regional and national attention for the outstanding education that we provide. Recent attention includes a visit by representatives of the National Alliance for Public Schools who traveled from Washington, D.C. to film a feature about our school. We were also notified recently that Charter Arts is in the running for Newsweek’s annual list of America’s Best High Schools.
I look forward to another amazing school year. I appreciate your interest in what we do, your support and ongoing involvement in the success of our students.Diane LaBelle Executive Director & CEO