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Bronx Lighthouse Charter School

At Lighthouse Academies, we prepare our scholars through rigorous programs that provide them with a foundation that will allow them to succeed in and graduate from college. Our unique arts-infused curriculum, emphasis on social development and integration of diverse cultural opportunities augments learning and broadens horizons.


Quick Facts

Number of Scholars: 450
Grades: K-8
Date Opened:
Principal: Travis Brown


  • Technology, Music, Art and Physical Education classes during the instructional school day
  • Opportunities for students to be instructed in small groups
  • Rigorous academic curriculum with an emphasis on writing and thinking critically
  • Development of Individualized Learning Plans for each student

Annual Events

  • Science Fair
  • Musical Performances
  • 5th Grade Experiential Camping Trip
  • Field Day
  • Hispanic Fair

Extracurricular Activities

  • Sports After School Program (seasonal)
  • Tutoring After School Program


  • Symphony Space
  • Teach For America


Applications for 2016-2017 are available. See the documents and links section or get a copy from the school. Immunizations: All scholars must have the appropriate vaccinations. Please bring in proof that the scholar has been vaccinated. If you can't log into power school, please see instructions under documents and links section.  


May 2016

  • May 16: Board of Trustees Meeting 6:30 pm
  • May 24: Parent Association Meeting 8:15 am and 6:00 pm
  • May 30: Memorial Day (School closed)

June 2016

  • June 14: Parent Association Meeting 6:00 pm
  • June 16: Board of Trustees Meeting 6:30 pm
  • June 28: Last day of School
BLCS dressed in pink to honor the brave women and men during breast cancer awareness day.
BLCS shows we care by wearing pink to honor the brave men and women on breast cancer awareness day.

Documents & Links

Latest Documents

School News

Student Applications

Board of Trustees

Document Archive

Annual Reports

Board Calendars

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Financial Reports



Progress Reports

Scholar Family Handbooks

School Calendars

School Improvement Plans

School News

School Supply List

Student Applications

Uniform Information

School Leaders

BLCS Principal

Travis Brown

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Travis Brown started his career teaching high school mathematics in the Bronx as a member of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. He then became the founding principal of a district middle school in Harlem through the New Leaders for New School program. Travis then went on to open an alternative charter high school in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn serving over-aged students. Most recently, Travis served as an instructional coach for Turnaround for children. In this role he worked to turnaround two k-8 district schools in Newark, New Jersey by providing instructional and leadership support. Travis earned a M.A. in Mathematics Education from The City College of New York, and a B.B.A. in Computer Information Science from Temple University.
Assistant Principal and Director of Teacher Leadership for the Lower Academies (K-5)

Crystal Lilly

Crystal Lilly is the Assistant Principal and Director of Teacher Leadership for the Lower Academies (K-5). She is a dedicated educator with more than fourteen years of experience fostering educational achievement in Elementary, Middle and High Schools within the New York City public schools. She began her career as a Special Education Teacher and went on to serve as an Assistant Principal and then a Principal of a 6-12 School. She consistently worked on improving instruction and raising student achievement, under the guidance and mentorship of Dr. Lorraine Monroe. Ms. Lilly holds a Bachelors Honors Degree from City College, a Masters in Science Education from Touro College in General and Special Education, and has several Administrative Certifications in School Administration, School Business, and School District Leadership, and a Graduate Certificate of Advanced Leadership Study from the College of St. Rose. She is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from John Hopkins University. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of Education for John Hopkins University/Talent Development Secondary in New York City. Ms. Lilly worked with principals and several schools under the Johns Hopkins Early Warning Indicator program that targeted student attendance, behavior, and course performance.
Director of Teacher Leadership for the Arts (K-12)

Kevin Golden

Kevin Golden is a Director of Teacher Leadership for the Arts (K-12). He grew up outside of New York City, in Westchester County, before moving to Brooklyn to attend Pratt Institute. While there, he received a BFA in Illustration. In February of 2005, he joined the team at Bronx Lighthouse Charter School as a teaching assistant and transitioned to the role of Arts Infusion Specialist the following year. Over the course of the next ten years, Kevin continued working with teachers at BLCS to infuse art into the academic curriculum. During that time, he received extensive professional development around arts infusion, and related practices, from arts organizations and cultural institutions including Learning Through an Expanded Arts Program, Lincoln Center, MoMa, National Association of Arts Educators, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In his current role, as Director of Teacher Leadership for the Arts, Kevin oversees the development of the arts program across K-12 in addition to continuing the work that he has been doing coaching teachers to develop their capacity to infuse art into the schools core content areas.
Director of Social Work

Lauren Roygardner

Lauren Roygardner is the Director of Social Work for BLCS (K-8). She is a dedicated social worker and researcher with a range of clinical, supervisory, leadership, research, and educational experience. Lauren is leading the development of the Social Work department and social-emotional learning, development and evaluation at BLCS. Lauren is a New York State Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) and has a Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, a Masters in Social Work from Fordham University, a Master of Arts in Psychology from GC CUNY, a Masters of Philosophy in Psychology from GC CUNY and is currently a PhD candidate in Psychology at The Graduate Center at the City University of New York (GC CUNY). ,
Director of Student Services (K-12)

Samir Ezzelarb

Samir Ezzelarb is the Director of Student Services (K-12). He is a Special Education teacher who has been part of the Bronx Lighthouse team for four years. During that time, he has helped our grades 7-12 scholars find success in math. He is focused on improving our K-12 Special Education program. Prior to working at Bronx Lighthouse, Samir worked as Special Education teacher for six years in various schools both on Long Island and in New York City. He has helped students with a variety of disabilities and provided successful interventions that allowed students to utilize their strengths while also addressing their area(s) of need.
School Operations Manager

Rony Thomas

Rony Thomas is the School Operations Manager. After working in sales for six years, she decided to change her path and apply for a part time position at BLCS. She started working at the school as a part-time Administrative Assistant in 2006. She was given the chance to be full time Administrator in 2011 and was promoted to Operations Manager in 2014. As Operations Manager, her goal is to make sure her staff is satisfied and has everything they need to prepare the scholars for success in college and life.
Coordinator of Family and Community Partnerships

Silvia Alemañy

Please visit the Family Resource Center - room B08.


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!



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Bronx Lighthouse Charter School

1001 Intervale Avenue, Bronx, NY 10459, USA

40.8231888 -73.8973846
Tel: 646-915-0025
Fax: 646-915-0037

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