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East Chicago 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: 420
Grades: K-7
Date Opened:
Principal: Krysten Ivy Wendell


  • Visual Arts and Drama teacher
  • AIM high Mentorship Program
  • ISTEP Achievement Academy
  • Upper Academy Friday Electives: Improv, Dodgeball, School Beautification, Chess, yoga, and more

Annual Events

  • Winter Talent Show
  • Spring Arts Auction and Showcase
  • Fourth Grade Trip to Camp Tecumseh
  • Sixth Grade Trip to Indianapolis
  • End of Year Academic Achievement Celebration Breakfast
  • Back to School Picnic

Extracurricular Activities

  • Afterschool Clubs: Sports and Arts
  • National Spelling Bee Participation


  • Southshore Arts
  • Boys and Girls Club


All School Holiday Concert is Thursday December 4th at 1:30 PM, come and watch our scholar perform!

Our Annual Holiday Family Dance will be Thursday December 11 at 4:30-6:00 PM.  Come have fun with the whole family, there will be food, drinks, music and lots of fun!



  • December 4: Whole School Winter Concert
  • December 5: $1.00 Jeans and College Shirt Day
  • December 11: Holiday Family Dance 4:30-6:00
  • December 15: Spirit Week - College Shirt Day
  • December 16: Spirit Week - Class Theme Day
  • December 17: Spirit Week - A Place I love Day
  • December 18: Spirit Week - Mismatch Day
  • December 19: Spirit Week - PJ Day
  • December 22-January 2 - No School Winter Break


  • January 5: No School Teacher Prof Dev
  • January 6: Scholars return from Winter Break
  • January 15: Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:00-6:00
  • January 16: Parent/Teacher Conference 8:00-1:00
  • January 19: No School Martin Luther King
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"ECLCS is a good school where kids work hard, care about each other and are respectful. Teachers make sure we get our education and make sure our ISTEP scores improve." --5th Grade Student

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School Leaders


Krysten Ivy Wendell

Krysten Ivy Wendall
Ms. Ivy Wendell taught in New Orleans for two years before joining the staff at ECLCS as a founding teacher. She taught third and fourth grade for two years before becoming Director of Instruction in 2008. Ms. Ivy Wendell enjoys working with both students and teachers, which is why she loves being Principal. Before moving to Chicago, Ms. Ivy Wendell was a Teach For America corps member in New Orleans and received her BA from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She holds her Masters in Public School Leadership from Teachers College Summer Principals Academy.
Director of Teacher Leadership

Lisa Rusen

Ms. Rusen previously served as the Lead Teacher for the Lower Academy as well as Kindergarten teacher. In her role as Lead Teacher, Ms. Rusen led the Student Ambassador program which trains students to be leaders and peer mediators throughout the school. Prior to joining Lighthouse, she was a Teach for America 2005 corps member in the Mississippi Delta. Ms. Rusen holds a degree from Denison University.
Director of Teacher Leadership

Mary Grezlik

Before joining ECLCS, Ms. Grezlik was an Elementary Turnaround Coach for the Academy for Urban School Leadership in Chicago. She has also worked with beginning teachers as a mentor on the Lehman New Teachers Project through the University of Illinois at Chicago and with pre-service teachers through Purdue University. Her experience includes 10 years as a primary and intermediate teacher in Chicago, Raleigh, NC, and Cincinnati, OH. Ms. Grezlik received a B.A. from Michigan State University and a Masters degree in Instructional Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


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!

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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East Chicago Lighthouse Charter School

3916 Pulaski Street East Chicago IN 46312 USA

41.6420937 -87.4442673
Tel: 219-378-7450
Fax: 219-378-9070

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