Welcome to AAECS!
Our doors first opened in August of 2015 as a public, K-5 charter school with a focus on arts education. We believe exposure to the arts from a very young age is essential in developing children's natural sense of curiosity and creativity. In addition to the core subjects of Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies, all students in K-5 participate in daily classes for visual art, music, dance, theatre and Creative Movement. 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. Located in beautiful downtown Allentown, our students are within walking distance for field trips to Miller Symphony Hall, Liberty Museum and the Allentown Art Museum. Chartered through Allentown School District, our students attend from many others including Bethlehem, Brandywine, Easton, Catasauqua, East Penn, Northampton, Parkland, Saucon Valley, Southern Lehigh, Salisbury, and Whitehall-Coplay. Enrollment with Arts Academy Elementary Charter School is by lottery. There is no screening nor audition process.
Middle States Accredited!
In 2018, we initiated the Middle States Accreditation application process. After years of hard work and collaboration among all staff, faculty, administration, board members, families, students and community members, we hosted the MSA Visitation Team in March 2021. We are proud to announce that we received a 7-year, full accreditation in October 2021! Visit our website to learn more!
Board of Directors
Mrs. Amy Best, President
Mrs. Rosalee Sabo, Vice President
Mr. Casey Gallagher, Treasurer
Mrs. Sally Hanzlik
Mrs. Zanetta Groff
Mrs. Angela Sigley-Grossman
Mr. Aldo Cavalli, Executive Director
Jalen Rosario, Board Secretary
Aldo Cavalli, Chief Executive Officer
Cristal McCollum, Principal
Brandon Leydic, Director of Operations
Amber Kraft, Assistant Principal
Jalen Rosario, Human Resources & Student Enrollment Administrator
Nancy Geyer, Student Services Coordinator
Dianna Shotwell, School Nurse
RhaKeith Crosby, Facilities Manager
Our Mission, Vision and Belief Statements
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.
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.