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1560 Valley Center Parkway
Bethlehem, PA 18017

(610) 866-9660
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December 08, 2014
This is one amazing school. My husband and I were thrilled we got picked in the lottery. My son loves his teachers and classes. I have talked to so many different parents and they are all trying to get their children in. I have not heard one complaint.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
We love LVA and the staff. LVA prepares children for real world scenarios and offers a progressive international baccalaureate program. We are pleased with the curriculum and quality of work he brings homes each day. Th PTO is very involved and helps parents who work FT. My son is in track and baseball through our local school program and church. I know we made the right decision to send our son to LVA and we are thankful to be part of the LVA community.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2014
Lehigh Valley Academy Regional CS is a wonderful school that provides top of the line education. They continue to inspire the parent teacher environment for the best possible outcome for the students. They continue to inspire the children to always do their best!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2014
As others have commented, do NOT enroll your child here if you have an IEP. This school will go to great lengths to avoid providing any services. We have received nothing but difficulties from the school administration. Thank goodness we moved to a good school district so we can get our kids out of this place. Oh, and don't bother if your kid is gifted either, they apparently don't want to provide those services either.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2013
My son started 5 grade this school year at LVA and we have only good things to say. My son had a difficult 2 month adjusting to the new school which it's normal coming from a private Catholic School. I noticed my son has become more independent and more efficient since he started at LVA. Math and Reading levels are higher then the private school my son used to go to. He likes gym, Spanish, Art, and band lessons. Teachers are young and well prepared with latest technology and he loves the Eno board in the classroom. I can't be more happy to have my son attending LVA.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2013
My son has been at this school for 3 years, beginning in kindergarten. They have an all day kindergarten program, which you can't find in many public schools. They begin their day earlier then public schools and go longer at the end of the day as well. They begin a second language in kindergarten. They offer many classes you can't find at a public school, or public schools are taking away funding. LVA offers drama, music, art and Chinese. You must be an involved parent!! I love the education that my son has received thus far and would recommend anyone to enroll their child.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2013
My son loves this school and his teachers. He has been there since kg and is now in 2nd grade and we have seen nothing but positive and constant growth in him and his studies. He excels in his class, and we know his school environment aides and encourages that.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2013
This school is great. My kids have done great. Love full day kindergarten all the help they get in order to excel.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2013
US News and World Report ranked LVA as the second highest rated high school in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I am a parent of a senior at LVA who is getting courted by an extreme amount of colleges. Do your own homework on LVA and you will find a community of involved parents, students and teachers. The "home" district of LVA's charter is the Bethlehem area school district which to my knowledge is a horrible district. Some parents whose children are not "making it" in the BASD have first choice in the lottery system to send their kids to LVA. When their children don't fit into the advanced academics and the parental involvement approach, they come out here and trash what is a highly rated school. Please do your due diligence before registering your child.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
I have 4 kids in LVA and it been great. some kids don't make it there because is very hard for some of them. but is a place that build caricatures on kids, to build professionals , is no a place to baby seat your kids! it's a learning place. i know that the only time people seat to write a review is went they are mad with some one. I do it because LVA is a great school, and I have four excellent students to back me up!

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
It is a great place for kids to learn! Parent have to become part of the kids education! work with them on school work, special projects and many other things. Don't expect the teacher to do everything if the kid fail is because there is not a parent involve in the kids school life. Kids are smart and willing, is up to you mom and dad !

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
We enrolled our daughter last year in the middle school program. What a disappointment! She lost a year of education. Needless to say, she no longer attends the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2013
I have a child in middle school. As you can see by the test scores students in the 6th grade are only 70% proficient in math and 70% proficient in reading. This is not an outstanding school. No better than the average public school. It may be a good choice for those in terrible school districts though.

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2012
I had two children attending LVA at the beginning of the 2012 school year. My 7 year old started his 3rd year this past August at LVA and my 5 year old started Kindergarten. It your child has a learning disability, this is not the school for your child. I withdrew my children from LVA due to the lack of help from the school. I do not recommend this school to any parent who a child with a learning disability. If your child doesn't not fit into the box, you will have a hard time. You will be better off sending your child to military school then to LVA. Staff members (Principal, Dean and CEO) are not helpful. If I could rate the school a "0" I would.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2012
I am a reading specialist & teacher in a great Lehigh Valley district and I have very high expectations for my own child's education. We did a lot of research before choosing LVA; our son has now completed his kindergarten year and we are very happy so far. The International Baccalaureate curriculum is impressing me, along with the extra opportunities available to all LVA students -- foreign language instruction starting in kindergarten, art, music, drama, PE, science, social studies. I am still amazed that he was exposed to all these important areas in kindergarten -- most public schools in the area don't reach that level of integration until middle school, if then. I feel so fortunate that we were lucky enough to make the lottery, and I wish the opportunity was available to more families. Thank you, LVA!

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2012
The teachers at this school are excellent and push your child to be the best that they can be. This school is not for everyone, but if your child needs to be challanged - it's a great choice.

- submitted by a community member
August 21, 2011
I have been a student here for 8 years, soon to be 9.I don't know how the elementary or middle schools are, but I do know how horrible the high school is. First of all, we start a week earlier than most Bethlehem Area School district schools, we also get out of school at 3:15. But then we have to be bussed home, so I don't return home until 4:15. We have shorter vacations and we get out for summer a week later then the other schools. On top of that, the uniform is ridiculous. You have to wear solid black shoes and they cannot have a logo. We are not allowed to wear converse because of the white strip of rubber around the bottom. They asked to color in the logos on our shoes with sharpie.. Do you know how hard it is to find sneakers with out a logo? And I'm not going to pay $80 for shoes when I have to color on them with sharpie. When you come to the school they tell you that you're going to have a great education and learn with a good group of students. The high school also only has 1 hallway, which makes it very crowded. We are not allowed to carry our bookbags, which could be a pain because it's really hard to get to your locker after every single class because of the tight space

- submitted by a community member
November 05, 2010
Very academically rigorous school. I think they ask a lot of the young students, perhaps a bit more than is developmentally appropriate. For example, my 5 year old left for the bus at 7:25, and didn't get home until 4:20. That is a LONG day of academics for that age! On the other hand, the teachers, dean of students, and principal were very willing to work with my child's special needs. She learned so much in the 2 years she was there, including extracurriculars that are not offered at most elementary schools (e.g. Spanish, drama). This school isn't for every student, but if it fits your children, they will get a superb academic foundation.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
LVA...no it does not offer a 'gifted' program because it is an all honors curriculum so your child does not need a g.i.e.p. Do not enroll your child if they cannot handle more than the memorization for regurgitation for PSSA performance that the public school offers. If your child does have an i.e.p., closely examine whether or not your child would be able to handle this caliber of work. LVA is about an exceptional way of learning for life time of application in the real world. The school does offer some sports at this time. We have been w/ LVA since inception and yes, there were growing pains, but the school seems to have worked out most of them. I know many parents who would love to get in but more space is needed. Staff retention is based on yearly parent, peer & admin. eval.'s not on tenure. Safe school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
I am so happy with my decision to send my daughter to Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School. The academic program is challenging and the students and staff are wonderful. There is zero tolerance for bullying and the school really sticks to that policy. My daughter tells me there are no cliques, just groups of friends. Being smart is encouraged not ridiculed. It's OK, not to be an athlete. My daughter is prospering at the High School. She has developed more confidence than she has ever had. She is already beginning to focus on college and what she wants to acheive in the future.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
I loved the elementary school. But love it even more now that we have moved to the local non-charter middle school in the district. My student got a more advanced education at LVA. I always found the teachers and staff to be Very caring. I find less politics here and more creative learning for the teachers. They are Very accountable for the teaching. For parents who question this go back to the public school and then find out. We are trying to get back in!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 06, 2010
I feel that the principal and teachers don't care about all of the childrens needs, cars or wants. They do not try to find out why a child may have done what they did. There is no accountability for the teachers from the principal. They go solely on what is said by the teacher and I bet that is why so many parents take their child/children out of the school. I am sure for every 1 cild that stays there are 5 more that have left. The teachers are not consistent and absolutely not held accountable for what the children learn or the lack there of.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 04, 2010
I have two children that attend LVA, one in elementary and one in middle school. My husband and I are very happy with the the direction that the school has been heading. The academics are challenging but not overwhelming I love the hands on interactive learning approach. We wouldn't think of sending our kids anywhere except LVA. As far as extracirricular activities you are able to enroll your kids in activities in your own school district. My kids participate in sports, dance and other activities outside of LVA and are very well rounded. The teachers make learning easy and are definitely excited about teaching. I love the fact that my kids are attending a school with children whose parents care enough to be involved in the education process. LVA is a choice. Right for some wrong for others.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2009
I have gone to this school my whole life and I have seen it evolve over time. However, we still have a ways to go. The curriculum gets much harder in the middle school and some of the teachers are not at all helpful with what they are teaching. Our own building, less strict uniforms, more extracurriculars, and more field trips and fun days would make LVA so much better. That, and a new principal of the middle school. All the other ones are sweet and nice, but ours acts like we're in a dictatorship. She is very much against cliques, but she's the one who creates them! She tells us where to sit and who to sit with at lunch and its causing friction with friendships. Other than that, LVA is a very good school.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 23, 2009
Lehigh Valley Academy has provided an exceptional academic challenge to both of my grandchildren who attend there. The children are especially delighted with the Spanish language program that is helping them to relate to children in their neighborhood more effectively. I can't wait to see how they will do when they have had five or six years of exposure to the Academy curriculum.

- submitted by a community member
September 17, 2009
Full day Kindergarten. Stimulating subjects. I have a very happy child! I have friends with their kids in other schools and they are bored. Mine comes home beaming and telling me about her day. She loves learning Spanish, Drama, Music, Reading, Math and Gym class. What a terrific curriculum!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 27, 2009
How can someone comment about this school if their children don't attend? I have two children there and I can attest the curriculum is VERY challenging. My girls are learning far ahead of their peers in other schools. I think LVA is a great option for our children!

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2009
6/5/09 Lehigh Valley Academy, is a great school. My husband and I enrolled our daughter, a fourth grader into the school during the beginning of the third marking period in 2008. Although she did'nt enjoy her experience at the school; we know that LVA, is a great school. Our daughters' dislike for the school was due to her missing her peers from her previous school and not willing to make new friends at LVA. The transition was hard for her; but she didn't let her dislikes for the school to affect her grades; she was still able to maintain her good grades that she went to LVA, with. We have two neices and several friends whose children have been attending the school for years and both the children and the parents love the school and wouldn't want to send their children to any other than Lehigh Valley Academy.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2009
They do not have any sports , and children need that. Also they claim they accept children with a iep , but they sweep it under the rug , and he did not getr the appropiate help

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 12, 2009
I am completely satisfied that my children, middle school and high school are getting the best education available in the area at LVA. Teachers at the school go beyond text books and the children's learning becomes thinking and doing. It is up to parents to make the best choice for their children. LVA, in the upper grades, is for students who want to learn and are motivated to do so. At this school, teachers pay attention to students. The education engages the students. Administrators are approachable. All I have seen is evidence of highly committed educators.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 19, 2008
The high school is not preparing students for college. Students and parents are given the impression that the curriculum is challenging. It is not. It has been dumbed down to accommodate the varied students in the school. It is unorganized and ignored by the principle. Some of the teachers are less mature than the students. My children would never attend this school.

- submitted by a teacher
November 18, 2008
work is quanity not quality , teachers have no real concern for student , it is only a job for them. they seem to have their favorites . my sons have excelled much better and have higher self estemm since i took them out , safety issues

- submitted by a community member
November 03, 2008
I LOVE LVA! This school saved my child's life! Wonderful, understanding, teachers and administration for the past 3 years! This is our 4th years here! I cannot say enough great things about this school!

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2008
LVA offers a wide variety of opportunities and overall something different from the public schools. In my experience, LVA's teachers are all amazing with their innovative, creative lessons and abilities to reach children on various levels. LVA is also more academicly challenging. If you plan to enroll you students in LVA be ready for a work load. The students at LVA are held to higher standards. They partake in creative discussions, various group and individual projects. They recieve Spanish and Drama starting in Kindergarten in addition to the typical specials offerd at a traditional school. LVA students are taught to think 'outside of the box'. They are also taught to be open-minded, inquirers, well-balanced, principled, caring, risk-takers, knowelgeable, and many other traits that help to form a student into a knowing, concious and aware adult.

- submitted by a community member
March 12, 2008
I have had the privilege of being apart of LVA since the third year of its conception & the first year of the ms . Through hard work from the parents, administration and teachers LVA has grown to be an exceptional educational institution holding an IB certification at the HS and Elem. Like all schools there are problems, however, my experience at LVA was a positive one. To get the most of this school you need to be very involved, after all the school was founded on parental involvement. Great place to work and for children to learn.

- submitted by a teacher
February 12, 2008
I am a school teacher, and have been teaching for 15 years. I am dating a woman with a 9 year old son. I tutor the boy three times a week. I have witnessed the amount of school work placed on him and can seriously say....it is way too much. If anyone in that school has an idea of the ammount of homework that should be given to children...the base ammount is 10 min. per grade level. So, this boy should have on an average..40 min per night. He is overwhelmed with, not only the basics....reading every night, math, etc. etc. but has several projects due that take approx. several additional hours each week. I , as a professional, understand the importance of homework, but cannot understand the level of extra work required from this student. As a result, he has no time for extra curricular activies. It is too overwhelming.

- submitted by a teacher
January 26, 2008
I do not believe that this is a proper school. This school lacks in extra curicular actvities and does not help children enjoy school. The school makes many promises that they do not keep and I believe that doing so is wrong.I have been in this school for 5 years and have yet to see a glimmer of happiness pass through a students eyes when you say 'LVA'. An annoyence is that they spend money on petty things such as a small jungle gym for the younger kids ( us older kids managed on the black top , yes? ), when they were going to build locker rooms and a new gym for us older children. This school has earned its place in no-mans land.

- submitted by a student
no rating January 04, 2008
I have had the privilege of being apart of LVA since the beginning of its conception. Through hard work from the Founders and the dedicated parents LVA has grown to be an exceptional educational institution. Like every school, LVA is not perfect and yes, it has some work that needs to be done, however, my experience at LVA has been nothing less than a positive one. From the teachers to the administration, I have encountered nothing but patience and support when dealing with my child. As an active member of LVA's PTO and Committees, I believe like anything else, you can make things happen if you become apart of the solution not stand back and complain about the problems. Parental invovlment is a key factor in our school's mission and vision. This school is an example that parents working together can make a difference.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2008
The school has only been running for about 6 or 7 years now. I feel that a school is only as good as you make it. Parents and students are encouraged to volunteer, but they just aren't stepping up to the challenge. The future of the school looks bright, but you just need some patience. As for the education, it is unparrallel. LVA allows the student to have an active part in what they learn. Instead of just feeding them information; LVA gives them subjects and allows then to come to there own conclusions through research. In conclusion, LVA is a great alternative for the the child who needs a challenge.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 02, 2008
These are contradictory reviews. LVA began with the lower grades and those are more settled levels. There are 4 separate buildings for Primary, Elem., Middle & High Schools. Middle & High Schools have been struggling for at least three years that I have been with LVA. High rate of student retentions in 6th gr. Too much waste time traveling to elem., & M.S for gym, library & music rooms.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2007
I am a student at lva and I have been here at least 4 yrs. there is no sports teams or fields and the band is pathetically small. the worst thing about Lva is that whatever they say in the beginning of the year they never follow thru with it and there is alot of confusion. Parents please feel free to look into the school but I would highly recommend you talk to old or present students before enrolling your child.

- submitted by a student
December 01, 2007
I was a student of lva and have to say I had the worst experience.I believe that the students are not doing as well as they are supposed to be doing.I've been at the school since the day they opened the doors over at the old building. I just left lva 2 years ago and I'm glad I did because if not I would have been doing horrible by the time I would move onto college.I believe that the teachers and administrative werent caring to the students the just did it for the lousy paycheck.Every time a paret would come into school the teachers and staff would act so different and would act very fake.I really think if you want the best for your child you should'nt enroll them there and do some more research and ask some of the students who go there how well the school is.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 28, 2007
This school has potential. What is holding this charter school back is the lack of motivation from the administration and staff. Instead of feeding on encouragement, the students feed off of what consequences can occur if they slip slightly. This is my child s second year at LVA and is just seems to get worse. I was promised support for my child in all levels of education, mental stability and security. The school also claims 'no tolerance for bullying, failing grades and misbehavior. I yet am waiting to see the school live up to their claims. The school staff has more control over what is going on in the school than what the administration has. One administrator in particular holds their position within the school as All mighty and uses their position as means of authority. This school lacks communication. The lunch program and the lunchtime allotted are unacceptable. Needless to say, my child would not be attending next year.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2007
We were involved with the school from the beginning; unfortunately it has not lived up to the expectations we and others had for it. After hanging in there for 4 yrs we pulled our kids out and enrolled in the local HS and MS. What we found is that LVA prepares kids to stay at LVA they are not prepared to follow the expectations of any other system. Both kids were a bit overwhelmed at the increased responsibility they were required to hold in the public schools. Contrary to the charter school publicity, they are not advanced compared even to BASD. The kids are coddled and too much time is allotted for 'projects' versus learning the basics that are necessary for a proper education. They also need more experienced faculty and administration, it is all well and good to have fresh grads but should have some balance with seasoned pros.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2007
LVA is a great place for kids to learn. The teachers are excellent and know their subject areas. They are always there to challenge and communicate with the student and to communicate with the parents. I have a student at the high school level, and I highly impressed by the caliber of the teachers and staff. My child is very happy here, and I couldn't imagine him or her attending another school.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2007
We have 2 children at LVA (3rd &8th). We have been here since it opened with our older child. Elementary level is good, but long school day. Spanish program is not impressive. The middle school needs a lot of work. It is hard to communicate with the teachers and there are very few there that are great. The good ones do not stick around. We are pulling our children out next year because we are not satisfied with where the school is going. It has not been worth the inconvenience when we have very good public schools where we live.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2007
I have two children at LVA, one in first grade, the other in fourth. The staff involvement and parental involvement is unmatched. As a former education student in college, I have not only enjoyed conferences with the teachers, but feel as though my children are not just another statistic to the staff. Compared to the education I received at their age, I feel my children are far and away more advanced than I at the same point in my development. I credit the leadership for using their resources wisely and hiring a diverse crop of educators, each bringing his or her own methods to the table. Kudos. My only concern is extracurricular activity in the junior and senior high school levels. However, I am confident that these things will be addressed as enrollment increases.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2007
I have had my child in the school since Kindergarten (now in 3rd grade). They get new grads but don't keep the teachers. The Art and Music program is lacking. The IB curriculum is very good. But, it is a long school day for students. There is no gifted program. The spanish instruction is just OK. My child should know more spanish by now. I am pulling my child out of the school next year.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2007
Both of my children attend LVA and the staff and curriculum are excellent! The IB program is far more advanced than the curriculums followed by regular public schools. Parental involvement is emphasized and encouraged. After school activities are increasing yearly, and the Spanish language component is excellent! Great school!

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2006
Level of parental involvement: Extremely High Availability of music, art, second language: Excellent Availability of sports, other extracurriculars: Good, still growing (2006) Quality of academic programs: Excellent. They have a lot of individual attention and teach subjects in a variety of teaching methods, not just one; small population, high level of control, mostly positive reinforcement. Spanish starts at Kindergarten. Kindergarten is full day. Longer school days than most. IB Diploma when completed, more advanced than just PA State diploma. Pushes kids academically without many apologies, but gets a lot more out of them than you would think! I have two elementary age children there. They both have different personalities, both have blossomed very well there. Would recommend. Lottery system for entrance. Check with school in January for how to get in lottery...

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February 09, 2005
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Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Cs
1560 Valley Center Parkway, Bethlehem, PA  18017
(610) 866-9660
Last modified Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Cs is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Cs Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 57 reviews. Top