Welcome to the 2017/2018 school year!

cropped-cropped-cropped-lva-logo-with-rcs1.pngDear Lehigh Valley Academy  Families,

Welcome  to the 2017/2018 school year. We are looking forward to embarking on our 16th year of operation! This promises to be a year filled with exciting opportunities for all of our students, faculty, staff and families as we strive to find more ways to continuously improve and develop.

The 2017/2018 school year will provide engaging, meaningful and rigorous work in our classrooms, combined with special events and a variety of

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extracurricular activities certain to encourage our students to be involved and stay connected! We will continue to build upon and refine our proven foundation of best learning practices and innovative teaching strategies through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes.

Lehigh Valley Academy is committed to inspiring life-long learning in a caring environment where diversity is accepted, respected and appreciated. I  look forward to a very positive and productive year together!  I extend a special, yearlong invitation to our families to join us at school activities and events whenever possible.

We want . . . we need . . . and we value your involvement and support in your child’s education!  Your active participation is key to your child’s success.

Here’s to an AMAZING new school year as we work together to make Lehigh Valley Academy a great place to learn and work each day!



Susan Mauser

LVA Announces Charter Renewal

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Bethlehem, PA (May 19, 2017) – The Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School (LVA) announced today that their charter has officially been renewed. The charter renewal authorizes operation from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2021 without enrollment caps.
In accordance with Pennsylvania Charter School law, LVA is required to participate in a charter renewal process every five years with both of its chartering school districts, Bethlehem Area School District (BASD) and Saucon Valley School District (SVSD). The charter approval process stalled in December due to the inclusion of enrollment caps in the charter approved by the BASD Board of Directors . LVA filed for an appeal with the Charter Appeals Board (CAB) and filed a lawsuit in Northampton County seeking to maintain the legal right to operate without limitations on enrollment. In January, SVSD and LVA approved and executed a charter agreement that did not include any enrollment caps.
LVA’s charter appeal was granted, receiving a unanimous vote of approval by the Charter Appeals Board. Pennsylvania Secretary of Education, Pedro A. Rivera, signed the charter agreement on Bethlehem Area School District’s behalf. As an executed charter was achieved that does not include any enrollment caps, the lawsuit filed in Northampton County will be withdrawn.
Lehigh Valley Academy CEO Susan Mauser stated, “As the school year comes to a close, we are pleased to have a signed charter agreement. We are thankful that the Charter Appeals Board quickly executed this decision.”
In addition to the signed charter, LVA received notification that the Middle States Association (MSA) approved its mid-term report, thus authorizing LVA’s continuing designation as a MSA accredited school through 2021. Mauser commented, “This charter renewal and the MSA Accreditation, in addition to regular evaluations by the International Baccalaureate (IB), are independent assessments that validate Lehigh Valley Academy’s commitment to excellence.”

Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School (LVA), located in Bethlehem, PA is an accredited public charter school serving 1,700 students from 16 separate school districts in the Lehigh Valley. LVA is the only fully authorized International Baccalaureate World School in Pennsylvania that offers an IB continuum to all students in grades K-12. Beginning with full-day kindergarten and continuing through a student’s senior year, the school emphasizes inquiry-based learning and critical thinking to prepare a student for higher education and the 21st century globalized environment. LVA is committed to developing young people into active, knowledgeable and caring members of a world-wide, diverse society. http://www.lvacademy.org/

Welcome to the new LVA Blog!

Hello LVA Community!

We are so excited to launch the official blog of Lehigh Valley Academy Regionmauseral Charter School (LVA). We are looking forward to being able to share information about our school, the International Baccalaureate Programme, hot topics in the field of education and charter schools.

Please subscribe and join us on this journey. Each week you will be hearing from our teachers, administrators, students and alumni as they explore a variety of different topics.

Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School is a K-12 public charter school that opened its doors in 2002. In the last 15 years, LVA has accomplished a lot! Lehigh Valley Academy is the only school in the area to have been authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP).

LVA is also accredited by the Middle States Association (MSA), was named the Number 1 Top Workplace in the Lehigh Valley by the Morning Call in 2014, and has been ranked as one of the top high schools and one of the top charter schools in Pennsylvania by US News and World Reports for the last five years.

These accomplishments would not have been possible without the hard work of all of our stakeholders. I am thrilled that this blog will give them a platform to share their thoughts and amazing ideas with you.

Happy reading,

Susan Mauser

Chief Executive Officer Lehigh Valley Academy RCS