Gary Lighthouse Primary Academy

Gary Lighthouse Charter School: Primary Academy

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: 266
Grades: K-2
Date Opened:
Principal: Kristina Shultz


  • Arts Partnerships
  • Elementary and Junior Honor Society

Annual Events

  • Holiday Program
  • End of Year Celebration
  • Awards Ceremonies
  • Mother's/Father's Day Celebrations
  • Father-Daughter Dance, Mother-Son Dance
  • Grandparents' Day

Extracurricular Activities

  • Guitar Club
  • Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts
  • Art Club
  • Jump Rope


  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Foster Grandparents
  • Girl Scouts
  • Boy Scouts


Applications for the 2014-15 school year are now available.  Click on the Apply tab to apply online or download the pdf version.

Happy Summer!



  • August 7: First Day of School


  • September 1: Labor Day - No School
GLCSPA 2014-04-21 13.27.18
Small group intervention happens daily in all Primary Academy Classrooms. Whether in class or in the computer lab, all scholars get intervention assistance.

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School Leaders


Kristina Shultz

Ms. Shultz has been an educator for 14 years, teaching for six years in Gary Community Schools before coming to GLCS, teaching grades 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. She is a founding team member of GLCS, serving as a 2nd grade teacher, then a member of the leadership team. Ms. Shultz holds a B.S. Education from Indiana University, M.Ed. and Administrative Certification from Indiana Wesleyan University, Certificate in Charter Management from Ball State University, and Reading Recovery Trainer Certification from Purdue University.
Director of Teacher Leadership

Rachid Kharchaf

Mr. Kharchaf graduated from Purdue University with a major in Elementary Education and later completed his Masters in Administration at Indiana University. He worked as a fourth grade teacher for three years before becoming an Assistant Principal. He enjoys the challenge of increasing student performance and supporting teachers. He joined the WGLCS staff in the summer of 2011 and is currently the Director of Teacher Leadership for the Primary Academy.
Director of Student Services

Andrea Granzow

Andrea Graznow
Ms. Granzow is currently in her twelfth year of education and a founding member of Gary Lighthouse Charter School. She has taught kindergarten, first, second, and third grades. Ms. Granzow graduated in 2000 from Indiana University Northwest with a Bachelor's degree in elementary education. She also received her Master's degree in Educational Leadership and Administration in 2012 from Indiana University Northwest.


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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Gary Lighthouse Charter School: Primary Academy

3201 Pierce Street Gary IN 46408 USA

41.5595665 -87.3510742
Tel: 219-884-2407
Fax: 219-884-2420

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