Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School

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Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School
Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School
3300 Chester Ave
Bethlehem Township
Lehigh Valley, PA
Bethlehem, PA, Northampton County 18020
United States
School type Career & Technical School
Established 1965
Opened 1970
Status Open
School board Joint Operating Committee
School district Bethlehem Area School District
Superintendent Joseph Roy
Director Adam Lazarchak
Principal Michael Galler
Faculty 45
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Age 14 years old to 21 years old
Number of students

1260 pupils (2015)[1]

1,268 pupils
 • Grade 9 60
 • Grade 10 438
 • Grade 11 347
 • Grade 12 423
Classes 28
Average class size 20
Hours in school day 7:30 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.
Campus type Suburban
School colour(s) Blue and White         
Slogan Education is everybody's business
Mascot Blue Jackets Logo w text full-6.jpg
Nickname BAVTS
Team name Blue Jackets
Feeder schools Liberty High School, Freedom High School, Northampton Area High School, Saucon Valley HS, Nazareth HS, Bangor HS, Notre Dame HS, Gateway School

The Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School is a career & technical school located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania, in the United States. It was officially started in 1965 when the Bethlehem Area School District, Northampton Area School District, and Saucon Valley School District combined forces to form one vocational-technical school for its students to attend.


The beginning of vocational education in the Bethlehem area began way before 1965, when in 1918 a Vocational Shop Program was started and located on East Fourth Street where the South Side Boy's Club is housed. From 1919 to 1934 a program named the Trade School was housed on Fourth Street at the Excelsior Building.

There was also a Vocational Industrial Department located in Liberty High School from 1922 to 1934. In 1934 that same school housed seventh to twelfth grades; consequently, the Industrial Department was moved to Broughal and Excelsior. Between the years of 1934-1940 academic grades from ninth to twelfth were housed at Broughal along with drafting, cabinetmaking, pattern and printing shops while carpentry, electrical, electronics and machining were housed at the Excelsior.

Bethlehem Technical High School was located at the Quinn Building for ninth to twelfth grades. It had 18 classrooms and 10 shops. The school even had its own graduation. In January 1956, vocational education was housed in the new annex building of Liberty High School, as a department. From 1956 to 1964 vocational education came under the supervision of the Liberty High School principal. Finally in 1965 it was finally called the Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School. It did not have its own building until 1970 when the new BAVTS school was built adjacent to Freedom High School for $3,000,000 in Bethlehem Township.


Currently BAVTS has 26 career & technical programs.


Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School offers several options for club involvement. All students are members of SkillsUSA. Other clubs are affiliated with certain programs like Health Occupation Students of America is associated with the medical programs. Other clubs also include the National Technical Honor Society and MT6, the entrepreneurial club.


BAVTS began a scholarship program in 2001 by the Bridges Foundation. The Bridges Foundation was founded by Walter J. Dealtry and BAVTS administration to raise funds for career and technical student scholarships. BAVTS Bridges Foundation scholarship funds are available for qualified BAVTS high school seniors. Qualifying students will have their tuition waived for Continuing Education courses that offer advanced training and certification.

Continuing Education[edit]

BAVTS' adult education department is the second-largest adult vocational-technical school in Pennsylvania as measured by the number of students completing courses. As a non-profit entity, the Continuing Education Department also shares teaching space and some essential core administrative services with Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School - a very cost effective relationship.


  1. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (December 4, 2015). "Bethlehem AVTS Fast Facts 2015".  line feed character in |title= at position 15 (help)

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Coordinates: 40°39′53″N 75°20′03″W / 40.6646°N 75.3341°W / 40.6646; -75.3341