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First-of-its Kind Charter School Breaks Ground

Lighthouse Academies of Wisconsin (LAW) today announced that it will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, December 9 at 11 a.m., to kickoff the construction of the new North Point Lighthouse Charter School. The first-of-its kind in Wisconsin, North Point will prepare students for college using a rigorous arts-infused education program, effectively increasing academic engagement and achievement.

Speaking at the event will be local dignitaries 11th Assembly District Representative Jason Fields and 1st District Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, both of whom were driving forces in making North Point a reality. Representatives from Agape Community Center and LAW will also be on-hand to share remarks and invite the community to learn more about enrollment opportunities.

“We’re thrilled to break ground on this project and eager to move closer to the opening of the school. It’s the first step in creating positive opportunities for many local students,” said Mike Ronan, president and CEO, Lighthouse Academies. “This community deserves the chance to equip its children with the best education possible and the North Point Lighthouse Charter School is here to help make that happen.”

Located at 4200 West Douglas Avenue, an industrial manufacturing space is being transformed by Plunkett Raysich Architects to create a learning environment that will include a full science lab, auditorium and outdoor play area. With room left for expansion, North Point Lighthouse Charter School will have the ability to educate students to succeed in academics and beyond the classroom, for years to come.

Through the additional support of generous donors who advocate for quality education and an arts-enriched curriculum, the doors of North Point will open in August 2012, initially welcoming K-4 students and adding one grade each year until it reaches 12th grade.  

“We will work tirelessly to raise funds and ensure our goal of developing North Point into a full K-12 school is met,” said Anna Hammernik, principal, North Point Lighthouse Charter School. “Our goal is to provide access to education that will not only prepare them for college, but will also contribute to the overall betterment of the Milwaukee educational landscape.”

The Canyon-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund (CACSFF), a joint venture between famed tennis player Andre Agassi and Canyon Capital Realty Advisors, whose mission is to promote the success and growth of best-in-class charter schools, will develop the property.

North Point Lighthouse Charter School is a member of the Lighthouse Academies national network. Lighthouse Academies, Inc. (LHA) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that develops and supports the operations of public charter schools in underserved communities throughout the United States. LHA distinguishes itself as a charter management organization (CMO) using an arts-infused, K-12 college prep program funded solely on per pupil revenue to achieve its mission.

North Point Lighthouse Charter School is currently accepting applications for students entering kindergarten through fourth grade. For more information on the school, please visit our website at www.lighthouse-academies.org or contact Anna Hammernik, Principal, at 414-429-3603.