Ana also had the pleasure to spend time in the Lehigh Valley this week visiting two outstanding schools.

Her first stop was at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, which opened in 2003. Close to 600 students from across Pennsylvania travel into Bethlehem daily to attend Charter Arts. The student body consists of students who hail from towns as far north as the Poconos, as far south as the Philadelphia suburbs, and as far west as Lancaster County. Many students travel two to three hours per day to attend this innovative school. This is a 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. Students major in one of seven artistic areas: dance, theater, vocal music, instrumental music, literary arts, figure skating or visual art. Charter Arts’ rigorous curriculum fosters both academic and artistic excellence for its students. The school’s impressive PA School Performance Profile (SPP) Academic Score, AP and Keystone exam statistics, student SAT scores, prestigious artistic accolades, and graduation rate are a testament to the outstanding education Charter Arts provides. Charter Arts is one of the most respected high schools for the arts in the nation and ranked #22 of 168 arts schools in the country on Niche’s 2018 Best High Schools for the Arts in America.  During this visit, Ana had the opportunity to see the students in action dancing, playing instruments, singing and also learning in a traditional classroom environment.  What an amazing, unique experience this visit provided!

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