The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts (Charter Arts) kicked off the 2017-2018 school year last week as 650 new and returning students were welcomed for the first day of the school. Students were greeted at the doors by administrators who handed each of them a rose, an annual tradition that began when the school first opened almost fifteen years ago.
“The rose tradition is so welcoming and because we are in such a creative environment, it speaks to the special quality of our school.”– says Ciara Purcell, 12th grade student.
Charter Arts’ students hail from hundreds of towns across the commonwealth, with many students traveling two hours per day to attend this innovative and respected school. Students travel into Bethlehem each day from towns located as far north as the Poconos, as far south as the Philadelphia suburbs and as far west as Lancaster County. In 2018, the school looks forward to celebrating its fifteenth anniversary as one of the most respected high schools for the arts in the nation. Charter Arts was recently highlighted on Niche’s 2018 list Best High Schools for the Arts in the Nation, ranking #22 of 165 arts schools.