Dr. Lubben began his work as a “school founder” soon after the passage of the
Pennsylvania Charter School Law. In this capacity, he provided the following

Dr. Lubben has founded the following four schools to date.  These

processes involved the tasks of locating an adequate facility for

the arts, assembling an initial Board of Directors, submitting the

charter, and completing the myriad of steps necessary to

assemble a full staff, furnishings, and materials.


  • The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts

       (LVPA) opened in 2003.  It subsequently moved to a new facility     

       on the South Side of Bethlehem and is rated as one of the top

       Arts High Schools in the country.   The school recently

       (May 2018) was awarded the “National Blue-Ribbon Award

       for Excellence”.

  •  The Arts Academy Middle School opened in Salisbury, Pennsylvania, in 2012.  The building was a former elementary school that was also utilized by Kid’s Peace. This school services students in grades 5-8.

  • The Allentown Arts Academy Elementary Charter School opened in 2015 in a restored racquetball club in Allentown.

  • The Easton Arts Academy Elementary Charter School opened their doors in 2017 in the former Express Times Newspaper building.


Today over 2,000 students walk the halls of these four schools.  More than 200 staff members are employed by these schools.  It is now possible for a student from the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas to attend 13 years of education in an Arts Focused School!

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