The Pocono Charter High School for the Performing and Visual Arts will provide a unique environment that nurtures creative academics, while employing individualized artistic instruction and developing a student's talent in the arts. This integrative experience will inspire students to be confident in their own uniqueness and ability to accomplish their life goals.
What sets us apart is the fact that half of the school day will be devoted to the student’s artistic major. This means, for example, that a Junior would have 3 academic subjects in the morning and 3 periods in their respective major in the afternoon. As an example, a dancer will end up having over 500 hours of professional training each year, for a total of over 2,000 hours after four years in the school. We offer majors in the following areas: Dance, Visual and Graphic Arts, Figure Skating, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Theatre, or Musical Theatre.
The vision of the Pocono Charter High School for the Performing and Visual Arts is focused on creating a meaningful and rewarding secondary education (grades 9-12) that will prepare graduates for 21st century careers. With high expectations and a focus on a powerful integrated combination of pre-professional arts and high caliber academic courses, it is our expectation that all of our scholars will achieve their full potential.
Dr. Tom Lubben, Founder of the Pocono Charter High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, began his dedication to opening arts-focused charter schools in 1996, during the inception of the charter school law in Pennsylvania. He has since successfully opened 4 thriving arts charter schools in the Lehigh Valley: the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts in Bethlehem (2003), where he served as Superintendent until 2010; a grades 5-8 Middle School for the Arts in Salisbury (2012); a grades K-5 Arts Academy Elementary Charter School in Allentown (2015); and a grades K-5 Arts Academy Elementary Charter School in Easton (2017).