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Bronx Lighthouse College Prep Academy

At Lighthouse College Preparatory Academies (CPA), we make an extraordinary promise: if a scholar graduates from our College Prep Academy, he/she will be admitted to a four year college or university.  We keep that promise, through rigorous standards and an arts-infused curriculum that prepares students academically, socially and culturally for success in college – and beyond.


Quick Facts

Number of Scholars: 221
Grades: 9-12
Date Opened:
Principal: Dianne Hardcastle, Principal


  • Small Classes
  • Arts Infusion Specialist
  • Full Time Director of College Transitions that works with families starting in the 10th grade
  • Lighthouse scholarships and financing support
  • Individualized Learning Plans
  • Advisors who work with each student for all four years
  • Community-based Internships with Professional Mentors

Annual Events

  • Gateway to the CPA: Student Orientation
  • Gateway to the CPA: Parent Orientation
  • Scholar Work Exhibitions
  • Quarterly Honor Roll Celebration Dinner

Extracurricular Activities

  • Various Sports Teams (including: ultimate frisbee, basketball, volleyball, etc)
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • College Mentorship Programs
  • Debate Club
  • Book Club
  • Art Club
  • Dance Clubs (Hip Hop and Bhangra)
  • Scholar Work Exhibition



  • New York University (NYU) Mentorship Program
  • Columbia University School of Social Work
  • SEO
  • CUNY (College Now)
  • DreamYard
  • NYPD (Explorers Program)
  • Charter School Athletic Association
  • Urban Health Plan
  • Teach for America
  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  • Harlem Youth Court


ATTENTION PARENTS: The BLCS Board of Trustees is looking for a parent to join the Board. If you are interested, please complete an application (BLCS Parent Board Application 2014).

Apply now for 2015-16.






  • December 4: Honor Roll Celebration Dinner (6 pm, CPA Gym)
  • December 4: Board of Trustees Meeting (UPDATED 6:30 - Executive Session Only, Not open to the public)
  • December 18: Board of Trustees Meeting (6:30 pm, CPA Media Lab)
  • December 24-January 2: Winter Break (No School)


  • January 5: School Resumes
  • January 15: Board of Trustees Meeting (6:30 pm, CPA Media Lab)
  • January 19: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (SCHOOL OPEN)
  • January 23: End of Quarter 2
  • January 26-29: Regents Exams
  • January 30: Parent Teacher Conferences (Dismissal at 11:30 am; Conferences 12:30-6:30 pm)
BLCS CPA Ribbon Cutting
On October 17, we cut the ribbon and celebrated the new CPA facility with Councilwoman Maria Del Carmen Arroyo.

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School Leaders


Dianne Hardcastle

Dianne Hardcastle is the Principal of Bronx Lighthouse College Preparatory Academy. She manages an incredible team of professional educators and challenges them to make a difference each day. With a school model which embraces arts infusion as a strategy for engagement, Dianne supports her team to develop creative strategies to encourage student empowerment, risk taking, and innovation. Prior to joining Lighthouse Academies, Dianne worked for Uncommon Schools, first in instructional leadership, and later in college access, where she assured a 100% college matriculation rate and saw the first Ivy League student acceptance. Dianne started her career in education as a part of the Teach For America corps in Philadelphia and every day she commits to challenge the status quo. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California Polytechnic State University, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Chestnut Hill College.
Director of College Transitions

Alice Choi

Alice Choi is the Director of College Transitions at Bronx Lighthouse College Preparatory Academy. She works to create and enhance a college-focused culture of achievement, where high expectations and results drive students towards acceptance and success in college. She is responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing all aspects of the college search, admissions, and alumni support processes. Prior to joining Lighthouse Academies, Alice worked for the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools in Los Angeles, as a math and ELA intervention teacher. Alice started her career as a Teach For America corps member in the Bay Area, where she taught high school math to recent immigrants and refugees in Oakland. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Wellesley College.


Become a Lighthouse Academy Student

Discover, achieve and prepare for success in college and beyond. We will prepare your student academically, socially and culturally to succeed in and graduate from college.  We will develop your student’s critical decision-making skills to prepare him/her for success in life.  Lighthouse Academies offers small schools, small class sizes, longer school year, and longer school day so we can provide students with a high quality education. Don’t wait – apply now to transform your child’s future!


The deadline for scholar applications for the 2014 – 2015 school year has passed.  Parents are welcome to submit a completed application which will be added to our wait list.

Join Our Team

Are you fearless, driven and forward-thinking? We need people who want to teach, lead and transform the lives of our students. We need people who share our passion for creativity and innovation. We are committed to developing the capacity of our staff with 20 professional days each year, individual coaching and collaboration. Join us in transforming children’s futures.

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Bronx Lighthouse College Prep Academy

1005 Intervale Avenue Bronx NY 10459 USA

40.8233604 -73.8972321
Tel: 646-915-0030
Fax: 718-893-0917

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