A Message from Sharon Fehlinger-Ricker, Charter Arts Principal
It is with much pleasure that I welcome you to the website of The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts (Charter Arts).
“Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.”
—Lyndon Johnson, on signing into existence the National Endowment on the Arts
Charter Arts offers a rigorous academic approach to learning that is commingled with an extraordinary pre-professional arts education. Students have the unique opportunity to learn from faculty and staff members who have distinguished themselves in their respective arts disciplines. I believe that an education based in the arts cultivates intellectual curiosity, stimulates creativity, and develops critical thinking skills.
What I love about Charter Arts is that innovative and stimulating teaching methods and strategies are explored and used to empower students and prepare them for life-long learning. My goals at Charter Arts include challenging our students with curricula that are designed to meet the highest educational standards and benchmarks, valuing collaboration across curriculum areas, and developing connections that will allow each student to achieve his or her highest potential.
We are dedicated to providing highly qualified educators and skilled, renowned artists to work with and immerse students in a rich educational environment.
I have the unique experience of being both a performer/artist and an educator committed to academic achievement. I believe that academic achievement and artistic talent are closely related. The dedication, hard work, and passion that an artist must possess to achieve at a high level in their art form are similar to what is required to achieve success academically. As Principal of Charter Arts, I am committed to the mission of the school and am devoted to providing a vision for the future.
Charter Arts offers a full complement of academic courses at the College Preparatory, Honors, and Advanced Placement levels. Each year, our students score at or above the proficient level on the state-mandated tests (PSSA).
Our students’ S.A.T. scores, coupled with their academic achievement, have opened doors to many prestigious colleges and universities throughout the country. Each year, our graduating class of slightly more than one hundred students receives offers of scholarships and financial assistance of nearly $3 million. Charter Arts has maintained a 99% graduation rate, and for the past two years, a 100% graduation rate. On average, 96% of students further their education after graduation.
Our students work hard, achieve great things, and leave our school with the confidence and skills to meet the challenges they will face in the world outside of our community.
In our English, Foreign Language, and Social Studies departments, courses are offered at the College Prep, Honors, and Advanced Placement levels. Our mission is to promote interpersonal communication skills by developing students’ reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in English, as well as in French or Spanish. Our students develop and sharpen their communication and critical thinking skills through a variety of written and discussion-based activities, in English and the target Language.
In the English classes, students concentrate on the writing process by completing essays and research papers. They study various forms of world literature, and sharpen their critical and analytical skills. In the French and Spanish classes, students concentrate on reading, writing, listening and speaking in the target Language, while they study Francophone and Latin American cultures. The Social Studies classes take our students on a journey from ancient civilizations to present time as they learn about the economic, political, artistic and social development through history. Our students also have additional opportunities to apply their individual creativity and writing skills to benefit the entire school family by participating in the Yearbook, Creative Writing, and Newspaper elective classes in their Junior and Senior years.
Math and Science
One of our goals is to teach the skills needed to learn and apply new knowledge in any subject. Students taking our classes can expect to be challenged as they learn about different topics.
Three years of math and science study are required in Pennsylvania to graduate, but many of our students choose to study four years of math and science. We provide strong, solid courses designed to cover the basics of each subject in both college prep and honors classes. One of our goals is to teach the skills needed to learn and apply new knowledge in any subject. Students taking our classes can expect to be challenged as they learn about different topics. A student who graduates from Charter Arts will be prepared to major in biology, science or math in college. We hope to create life-long learners and that students will integrate these core skills throughout their lives.
Educational Support Services (ESS)
Students with special needs who have passed the audition process will fully participate in the charter school program with appropriate accommodations and learning support services.’
The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts is a selective public charter high school. Charter Arts is committed to ensuring that all students with documented disabilities are provided support and accommodations that will enable them to access to the curriculum and opportunities afforded to all successful candidates for acceptance in their chosen artistic area. Students with special needs who have passed the audition process will fully participate in the charter school program with appropriate accommodations and learning support services.
Students with documented disabilities will work closely with a case manager to monitor their progress throughout the curriculum. The case manager will provide assistance with individual assignments as needed, collaborate with and provide support to the student’s content area teachers, and to be in contact with parents to provide information about their child’s performance throughout the curriculum. Additionally, the ESS program offers small group instruction in Math and English for those students who require a modified curriculum in these core areas.
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