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The process of opening AACMS began in 2010 with the establishment of a Founding Board and an initial search for the school’s location. A site in Salisbury Township was eventually identified, and the Salisbury Township School District’s Board of Directors approved the application for Arts Academy Charter School in February 2012. William Fitzpatrick and Jan Labellarte were named Executive Director and Principal, respectively, and the founding faculty members were interviewed and hired over the next several months. Many of the opening-day faculty and staff members remain with the school to this day, a testament to their belief in arts education and willingness to work for the best interest of our students.
AACMS opened its doors to students on August 28, 2012, after two years of planning and months of effort by its faculty and staff. We owe our existence today to the determination and will of the faculty, staff, students, and families who came together to lay the foundation for the unique form of public education our students still enjoy.
AACMS has continued to evolve since its opening, though our core mission of providing a welcoming and rigorous educational environment has remained unchanged. The Salisbury Township School District Board of Directors has renewed the schools charter twice—in 2015 and 2020. AACMS achieved accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools in December 2017 after a year-long application, self-study and review process. Elaine Hersh, a fifth grade teacher at AACMS since its opening, succeeded Jan Labellarte as Principal in July 2015. In 2018, AACMS implemented a seventh art focus—Literary & Media Arts—in addition to opening a new Keyboard Studies concentration as part of the Instrumental Music department.
View the AACMS Charter