A Message from the Executive Director
Thank you for your interest in the Arts Academy Charter Middle School.

Serving the needs and dreams of student artists from more than 21 parent school districts, the Arts Academy opened its doors in August, 2012. Our dedicated faculty and staff were privileged to work with more than 350 students in grades 5 through 8.

As a public charter school we are able to offer a fully-accredited academic program with special focus on seven artistic disciplines: Dance, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Literary & Media Arts, Theater, Visual Arts and Figure Skating. Our classroom size is 25 or less, thus affording our talented teachers the opportunity to give greater attention to the individual needs of each student.

We remain steadfast in our belief that the arts matter. Further, we remain fully committed to fostering the dreams and aspirations of every student in our care while maintaining the highest level of academic achievement.

Your inquiries and issues are welcome. Please feel free to contact our school at any time. Of course, you can contact me directly if you feel the need.

Very truly yours,

William M. Fitzpatrick
Executive Director
Meet Our Principal
"Educating our students is a team effort. I enjoy and appreciate working with such a talented and devoted faculty and staff at the Arts Academy Charter Middle School. Nurturing our middle school students and working with their parents will allow each student to develop both their artistic and academic talents."  
Mrs. Hersh joined the Arts Academy Charter Middle School when it opened its doors in 2011. Since then, she served as the lead fifth grade teacher, ESOL coordinator and facilitator, Title I school coordinator, Middle States Association validation team member, professional development coordinator, principal intern and advisor to the school principal. She has developed relationships with parent volunteers, and served as Odyssey of the Mind advisor and coordinator, a safety committee team member, Olweus Bully Prevention team leader and as a Student Assistance Program (SAP) team member.

Prior to AACMS, Mrs. Hersh was a kindergarten and EOSL teacher in the Allentown School District. She was also a lead teacher at Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic School, and the director of the Country Meadows Childcare Center. Mrs. Hersh holds a master’s degree and reading specialist certification from East Stroudsburg University, and principal certification from I.U. 21.