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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: 425
Grades: K-7
Date Opened:
Principal: Lisa Rusen


  • 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


Now accepting applications for students in K-7th grade for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. The deadline for submitting applications for Kindergarten is March 18 , 2016. The Kindergarten lottery will be held on March 22,2016. Any applications after the deadline for Kindergarten will be added to a waiting list. If you need more information please contact Lorena Ocampo at 219-378-7450.

Ahora estamos aceptando las aplicaciones para los estudiantes en los grados K-7 para el próximo año escolar 2016-2017. El plazo de llenar una aplicacion para el Kinder es el 18 de marzo de 2016. La lotería de Kinder se llevará a cabo el 22 de marzo del 2016. Cualquier aplicación después de la fecha límite para el Kinder se añadirán a una lista de espera. Si necesita más información, póngase en contacto con Lorena Ocampo al 219-378-7450.

A parent meeting was held Jan. 20th to announce the opening of our new campus hosting students from 8th to 10th grade for the 2016-2017 school year. It will be located in the City of East Chicago.

Una reunión de padres se llevó a cabo en enero 20 para anunciar la apertura de nuestro nuevo campus que dara alojamiento a  estudiantes de 8 al 10 grado para el año escolar 2016-2017. Estará ubicada en la ciudad de East Chicago.



  • April 18-April 25: ISTEP Second Round
  • April 27: LHA Family Canvas and Cheese Night @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm, Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts, 540 S. Lake St. Gary, IN
  • April 28: NWI Lighthouse Academies Arts Showcase and Silent Auction @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts, 540 S. Lake St. Gary, IN


  • May 30th: No School - Memorial Day


  • June 2,3,4: ISTEP+ and Spring Awards Celebrations for K-6 @ 8:45 - 9:30 AM
  • June 6: Seventh Grade Moving On Celebration @ 9:30 AM
  • June 6: 4th Quarter Parent Teacher Conferences @ 1:30 - 4:30 PM
  • June 7: Field Day, Last Day of School @ 8:00 - 1:00 PM
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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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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.


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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