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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: 450
Grades: K-7
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





  • October 10-11: Professional Development Day (No School)
  • October 12-14: Fall Break (No School)
  • October 20: Parent Teacher Evening Conferences
  • October 21: Parent Teacher Morning Conferences ( No School)


  • Nov. 9th: Early Dismissal at 1:00 PM
  • Nov. 18th: Progress Reports
  • Nov. 23th-25th: Thanksgiving Break


  • Dec. 7th: Early Dismissal at 1:00 PM
  • Dec. 19th- Jan. 2nd: Winter Break
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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


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!

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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