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: 450
Grades: K-8
Date Opened:
Principal: Jessica Beasley


  • 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


As you may have heard in the news, the Environmental Protection Agency has recommended that all families, especially those with small children, begin filtering their drinking water due to lead contamination in the service lines connecting homes to the main water lines. This warning applies to the entire city, not just the West Calumet Housing Project. This news has come as a shock to our school community, so we have joined together to take action. Mr. Schoon, our Technology Teacher has created a Go Fund Me account and we have been raising funds to help families get the water filters necessary for their homes. Our goal is to eventually provide a filter and replacement cartridges for every student in our school. If you would like to do a donation please click on the link below to take you directly to our Go Fund Me account. Any and all funds received will be spent on water filtration, plan and simple. Thank you!       -Como se puede haber escuchado en las noticias, la Agencia de Protección Ambiental ha recomendado que todas las familias, especialmente aquellas con niños pequeños, comiencen a filtrar su agua potable debido a la contaminación del plomo en las líneas de servicio que conectan las casas con las principales líneas de agua. Esta advertencia se aplica a toda la ciudad, no sólo al West Calumet Housing Project. Esta noticia ha llegado como una conmoción a nuestra comunidad escolar, por lo que nos hemos unido para tomar medidas. Nuestra meta es proveer eventualmente un filtro y cartuchos del reemplazo para cada estudiante en nuestra escuela. El Sr. Schoon, nuestro Maestro de Tecnologia a creado una cuenta en la pagina para fondos Go Fund Me y asi hemos estado recaudando fondos para ayudar a las familias a obtener los filtros de agua necesarios para sus hogares. Si desea hacer una donacion, haga clic en el siguente enlace para llevarlo directamente a nuestra pagina de fondos Go Fund Me. Todos y cada uno de los fondos recibidos se gastara en la filtracion de agua, plan, simple. Gracias! https://www.gofundme.com/leadfree-water-for-ec-students  



  • Sept. 4th: LABOR DAY (NO SCHOOL)
  • Sept. 13th:  ECLCS TITLE I @ 4:30-5:30


  • Oct. 5th: Title III Night Meeting @ 4:30-6:00 (ONLY FOR ESL STUDENTS)
  • Oct. 9th - 13th: Fall Break - NO SCHOOL
  • Oct. 13th: Last Day of Quarter 1
  • Oct. 16th-20th: Scholastic Book Fair
  • Oct. 19th: Evening Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Oct. 20th: No School / Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Oct. 30th: Literacy Night @ 5:00-6:30


  • Nov. 7th: IREAD Info Night (grades 2nd-3rd only) @ 5:00-6:00
  • Nov.22th-24th: Thanksgiving Break
"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


Jessica Beasley

Jessica Beasley comes to us from Chicago, Illinois where she has been a dedicated school leader for the past 7 years on both the south and west sides of the city. She began her leadership tenure at CICS Washington Park as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and then moving on to become the Principal of the Middle School. Under her leadership, Mrs. Beasley was able to create a strong sense of community among all stakeholders which attributed to the success of Washington Park being recognized by the Mayor for its high achievement and growth. Mrs. Beasley was then recruited to join the team of LEARN Charter School where she became the Principal of the network’s only middle school campus. Under her direction and with the help of her amazing team, they were able to move the school to its highest rating it had ever received. Mrs. Beasley completed her studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she earned a B. A. in Elementary Education with an endorsement in middle school mathematics. She also attended the University of Chicago where she received an additional math endorsement that allowed middle school scholars the ability to earn Algebra credit during their 8th grade year. Jessica has also received her Masters in Education from National Louis University with a focus on Administration and Supervision.
Director of Teacher Leadership / Assistant Principal

Nicole Lawler

Mrs. Lawler began her career in education in Dallas, TX working in the Dallas Independent School District in 2010-2012 as a member of the 2010 Teach For America Corp. She worked as a 7th and 6th grade teacher at Boude Storey Middle School. She also coached the 6th-8th grade girls soccer team both years. In 2012, Mrs. Lawler moved to Chicago, IL, her hometown, working for Chicago International Charter Schools as a 4th grade teacher at the Washington Park campus. In 2013, she then began working for LEARN Charter Schools as a 1st grade teacher at the South Chicago campus. During her time at LEARN Charter School she served as the grade level lead, data driven instruction lead, and provided professional development around teaching strategies for teachers. Mrs. Lawler received her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Kansas, and her Master’s of Administrative Leadership from Saint Xavier University. Mrs. Lawler loves sports, being a college athlete, a little competition is always fun. She also enjoys working out regularly, dancing, spending time with her family, and traveling with her husband. “I’m honored and excited to have the opportunity to partner with the community of East Chicago to provide a quality rigorous education where students feel safe to learn and explore as we prepare them for their journey in their educational career.”


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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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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