A new TLC Arts charter school in Bensalem showed its progress Tuesday towards officially opening its doors in 2019. It seeks to provide its services to anyone in Lower Bucks County.
The man behind it all is Dr. Thomas Lubben, CEO of TLC Arts. The non-profit organization is responsible for opening several other arts-focused charter schools. Lubben has created four other successful art-based charter schools and announced a fifth in the works.
At the press conference, Lubben discussed plans and purpose of the school as well as other specifics on the school. The school already has a site and is just awaiting approval. The property used to be a Trumark Financial Bank and is now being transformed into a school with 10-12 artistic studios, 12-14 academic classrooms, offices, a commons area and a performance area.
Over 300 people are strongly interested in the program including community members and teachers, while at least 250 students are expected to be enrolled for the start of the 2019-2020 school year which is the expected opening for the school.
Simone Graves is one of many students that would plan on attending if things go through. Graves is currently in seventh grade but shows interest in the promising school.
“I look forward to enrolling in TLC charter school,” Graves said. “I will learn great things which will prepare me for an awesome future as an artist.”
She plans to study art, one of many different majors students can choose from. Other majors include, dance, theater, instrumental music, vocal music, literary arts and journalism, visual and graphic art, figure skating and music theater.
The school plans to have all students spend three hours of every day involved in their major. This plan is set in stone to provide professional training in the visual and performing arts. TLC plans to have the arts and academics carefully and fully interwoven into their students.
Admission into the school is based off of the student’s audition. Students will be required to audition for the major of their choice and it may be in more than one area. This system is not based solely on academic grades, rather in a combination of talent and passion.
WBCB’s Ben Medland contributed to this report.