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: 280
Grades: K-2
Date Opened:
Principal: Dr. Beverly A. Echols


  • Quality Teachers, Quality Instruction
  • Donuts with Leadership
  • College Focus beginning in Kindergarten
  • More Time on Instruction
  • Core Knowledge Language Arts
  • Eureka Math
  • Assessment and Data Driven Instruction
  • Arts Infusion in all Core Subjects
  • Exposure to Great Art and Artists
  • Strong Partnership with Families
  • Restorative Practices
  • SHINE character education
  • Habits of Scholars
  • Uniforms Worn Daily
  • Transportation Provided

Annual Events

  • Open House – Meet the Teacher/Staff
  • Ice Cream Social – Back to School Night
  • Holiday Program
  • Awards Ceremonies
  • Mother/Father's Day Celebrations
  • Father-Daughter Dance, Mother-Son Dance
  • Grandparents' Day
  • Carnival
  • End of Year Celebration

Extracurricular Activities

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


  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Foster Grandparents
  • Girl Scouts of United Way
  • Boy Scouts


Welcome Parents/Guardians and Families

October 2016
  • October 17th Mandatory Vision Screening Grade 1
  • October 20th Parent Teacher Conferences - Report Card  Pickup 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm
  • October 20th Girl Scout and Cub Scout Sign-up 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm
  • October 21st Parent Teacher Conferences - Report Card Pickup 8:00 am - 12:00 noon
  • October 21st  Girl Scout and Cub Scout Sign-up 8:00 am until 12:00 noon
  • October 29th Trunk or Treat 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • October 31st-Donuts with Leadership and Families of GLCSPA - 8:00 am
November 2016
  • November 10th - Title I Family Night & Family Reading Night 5:00 pm
  • November 18th -Progress Reports Sent home
  • November 22nd-Thanksgiving Luncheon
  • November 23-25 Fall Break-No-School
  • November 28th -Donuts with Leadership


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.

Documents & Links

Latest Documents

Student Applications


Document Archive




No Child Left Behind

Scholar Family Handbooks

School Calendars

School News

School Supply List

Student Applications

Uniform Information

School Leaders


Dr. Beverly Echols

Beverly Echols
Dr. Echols holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work and Child Welfare. She is licensed as Wisconsin Superintendent, Principal, and Supervisor of Instruction K-12. Previous professional responsibilities and experiences include developing and monitoring School Improvement Plans, supervision of Response to Intervention Plans and extensive work with data management systems to drive instructional improvement. Dr. Echols brings 30 years of successful educational leadership to Gary Lighthouse Charter School Primary.
Assistant Principal

Mrs. Andrea (Granzow) Franz

Andrea Graznow
Mrs. Franz 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. Mrs. Franz 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.
School Operations Manager

Mrs. Denna Blue-Miller

Mrs. Denna Blue-Miller is the School Operations Manager. Mrs. Blue-Miller graduated from Alverno College in Milwaukee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Additionally, she is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and Administrative Leadership. Mrs. Blue-Miller began her teaching career in 2001, when she taught grades Prekindergarten, 1st, 5th, and 6th grade. After eight years of teaching Mrs. Blue-Miller took on the role of Business Manager. In her role as School Operations Manager Mrs. Blue-Miller will manage all school operations and work closely with key community partners.


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: 219-980-0259

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