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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


We still have open spots for kindergarten. Stop by our main office to fill out an application and get an enrollemnt packet. If you refer us to your friends and family, as a thank you, we will give you a gas gift card for any scholar that enrolls with us.

Aun tenemos espacios para estudinates de kinder. Venga a la oficina principal por una aplicacion y un packete de registro. Si nos recomineda con sus amigos o familia, como agradecimineto, se le regalara una tarjeta para gasolina si el estudinate se registra con nosotros.


Please join us on an informative meeting on Wednesday, May 11th at 4:00 pm. This will be an update about the EC High School.

Por favor acompaños a una junta para hablar sobre nuevos detalles de la High School en EC, este miercoles 11 de mayo a las 4:00 pm.



  • 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 2,3,6: 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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Document Archive

Board Meeting Agendas

Board Meeting Minutes



No Child Left Behind

Scholar Family Handbooks

School Calendars

School News

Student Applications

School Leaders


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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