About Us

Founded by Tom Lubben, CEO of TLC Arts, our doors first opened in August of 2015. Located in beautiful downtown Allentown, our students are within walking distance for field trips to Allentown Symphony Hall and the Allentown Art Museum. We believe exposure to the arts from a very young age is essential in developing children's natural sense of curiosity and creativity. Integrating the arts into our academic program only further enhances their ability to grasp new concepts, apply new skills and to make connections across content areas. In January of 2019, we were accepted as a candidate for Middle States Accreditation. The accreditation process will guide us through further curriculum and program development while ensuring all members of our school community have a voice in making the Arts Academy Elementary Charter School the best choice for a public, arts-infused elementary education.



The mission of AAECS, a model for arts-integrated education, supports all students attaining high academic achievement and artistic expression by enriching their standards-based elementary experience using a palette of arts-infused curriculum, as a foundation for their future growth.


The vision of AAECS is to be a school where all children build confidence by discovering and showcasing their abilities through a diverse array of projects and performances, connecting 21st century skills within an integrated arts curriculum.


A. We believe that a holistic approach helps children discover their unique talents while also providing an enriched instructional environment.

B. We believe that all students' potential is maximized by addressing instructional needs and fostering artistic expression across an integrated curriculum.

C. We believe that arts integration improves learning across all academic areas.

D. We believe that teachers provide all students with equal access to high-quality, differentiated instruction, learning experiences and assessments.

E. We believe that cultivating a love for the arts in our students occurs by infusing the arts throughout the school.

F. We believe that an education enriched by the arts will serve to deepen the students' understanding of themselves by creating a link to the past and a setting for growth in the future.

G. We believe that all students should have access to appropriate technology that supports a strong academic and arts infused program.

H. We believe that our community offers a unique opportunity to enrich our students' learning experiences.

I. We believe that our relationship with parents is integral to our success in educating children.