Charter Arts has been named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. This coveted award was given to only 349 schools in the nation this year.
Niche‘s 2019 Best High Schools list has been released and the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts (Charter Arts) has placed #14 on the Best High Schools for the Arts in America rankings and #1 on the Best Charter High Schools in Pennsylvania list. According to Niche‘s website, “the ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users” (Niche.com).
The Charter Arts Big Band earned an EXCELLENT rating at the 2018 Steelstacks High School Jazz Band Showcase. Two students also won individual awards.
The 2018 East Central PA Scholastic Art & Writing Award Winners have been announced. Charter Arts students have earned over 60 awards, including Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention! Bravo! Four students earned National Awards this year.
The Charter Arts Big Band received a 2018 Lehigh Valley Music Award for “Best Local Student Ensemble.”
Charter Arts ranks #6 for SAT scores in the Lehigh Valley
The Express-Times/ Lehigh Valley Live just posted the ranking of Lehigh Valley high schools’ SAT scores, based on information released by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
At the Pennsylvania High School Shakespeare Competition this year, Charter Arts won First Place in the Team Category, plus several individual awards. Several students also earned scholarships.
Regional & National Art & Writing Awards
Over 50 students earned awards with the Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards this year. Two students earned NATIONAL awards, and join notable Scholastic Award alums such as Andy Warhol and Lena Dunham.
Student selected for PMEA State Choral Festival
Evan Nelson has been selected for the PMEA All-State Choral Festival. He will be one of 200 students from around the state participating. Forty-eight students from the PMEA Region V Choral Festival, which was hosted at Charter Arts in February, were selected to move onto the state festival.
Charter Arts Jazz Band receives accolades at SteelStacks High School Jazz Band Showcase
The band earned the following: Best Reed Section, Best Trombone Section, Best Vocal soloist – Jacqui Armbruster, Best Rhythm Section soloist – Tyler Smith, Best Overall soloist – Donavan Austin, Band-Excellent rating
Students selected for 2017 PMEA District Band and Orchestra Festival
Eight students were selected for the PMEA 2017 (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) District Band and District Orchestra . Two of these students received first chair in their respective instruments.
Student selected for 2017 All-Eastern Band
A senior instrumental student has been selected to perform as the pianist for the NafME (National Association for Music Education) All-Eastern Symphonic Band which is comprised of the finest high school musicians from the east coast region of the country.
Charter Arts Students participate in the Imagine Peace Sign Project as part of the John Lennon Educational Bus Tour
Charter Arts Rocks the Keystone Exams!
Read the Morning Call’s report card on exam scores of schools in the region.
Charter Arts earns High Achievement Designation for the Second Year in a Row
Charter Arts has earned the distinction as a Title I-High Achievement school. The Pennsylvania Association of Federal Programs defines Reward High Achievement schools as the highest 5% Title I schools based on aggregate Mathematics and Reading for PSSA and/or Algebra I/Literature for Keystone Exams, which also meet all four Annual Measurable Objectives.
The Class of 2016 earned close to $2.7 million in scholarships and grants for college.
The Charter Arts Big Band opened for saxophonist Kamasi Washington at ArtsQuest on May 7th.
Vocal Majors rocked on the Sands Stage on May 5th with legendary rock band, Foreigner, for the second year in a row.
Visual Art Students’ Work on Display in Community
<Freshman, Hazel Ferguson and senior, Gwen Stark, both won cash prizes at the Hope and Healing Exhibit and Competition. Both students donated their work to the competition. The goal is for donated artwork to go out into community hospitals/healing facilities. The competition offers students a wonderful opportunity to see how their artwork can make a difference.The exhibit is currently on display at the Baum School: http://www.baumschool.org/galleries.php
Students perform at Julliard Jazz Event
The Charter Arts Advanced Jazz Combo was invited to open a show featuring the Julliard Jazz: Artist Diploma Ensemble at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg in late March. Students performed for an audience of over 500 patrons. All the students in attendance then enjoyed the Julliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble perform their show, “Jazz in the Movies”.
Charter Arts receives Lehigh Valley Music Award
In early March, Charter Arts Executive Director & CEO, Diane LaBelle, and Artistic Director of Vocal Music, David Macbeth attended the Lehigh Valley Music Awards to accept the prestigious Board of Directors Award. The award was given to Charter Arts, The School of Rock, and The Lesson Center for providing musical opportunities and education for young people. Students from each organization came together on stage for a special performance honoring David Bowie.
Students shine at Shakespeare Festival Competition
Nine theatre students competed at DeSales University’s Shakespeare Festival Competition in February. In addition to individual awards won, the Charter Arts team won second place overall!
Fifteen dancers, five parent chaperones, and dance faculty members, Mrs. Maniscalco and Mrs. Hoffman, spent four days in Pittsburgh in early February, where they attended the National High School Dance Festival. Students took classes in various dance techniques, attended lectures and participated in various performances.
Students also had the opportunity to audition for many college dance programs and speak with representatives from those colleges.
Charter Arts Big Band earns Superior Rating
On February 21, the Charter Arts Big Band participated in the SteelStacks High School Jazz Showcase at ArtsQuest’s Musikfest Cafe.
This year, the Charter Arts Big Band received a score of “superior” marking the third time the group has received this high of a rating. Previously, the Charter Arts Big Band from the 2013-14 school year received a “superior” rating at each stage of the competition. This is a big accomplishment for the group!
Additionally, individual students won the best rhythm section soloist, best brass section soloist, and best rhythm section
The Charter Arts Touring Choir performed on February 28th as part of the Bach Family Concert at Lehigh University’s Zoellner Arts Center.The Touring Choir has also been asked to perform with the legendary rock band, Foreigner, again this spring. The choir performed with the band last year at the Sands.
PMEA Band Festival
In early February, the PMEA District 10 Band Festival took place at North Schuykill HS. Mr. Wells joined the participating students along with guest conductor, Greg Martin. At the festival, the roster for Regional Band was also announced. Several students will be moving on to Regional Band.
Visual Art Students excel at Scholastic Art Awards
Literary Arts Students win at Scholastic Writing Awards
Literary Arts students and students enrolled in the Creative Writing course, earned twenty-two awards across a variety of literary genres! Well done!
Charter Arts is named as a GRAMMY Signature School Semifinalist for 2016.
Finalists will be announced in March.