Gary Lighthouse Charter School: Upper 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: 484
Grades: 3-7
Date Opened:
Principal: Charlotte Jackson


  • Arts Partnerships

Annual Events

  • Holiday Program
  • End of Year Celebration
  • Awards Ceremonies

Extracurricular Activities

  • Boys/Girls Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Choir
  • Key Boarding
  • Drama Club
  • Student Council


  • Arts Partners
  • PATH
  • PTA


Lighthouse Academies of Northwest Indiana is deeply saddened by the sudden death of distinguished colleague, coach and friend, Marvin Rea, who passed away suddenly following a car accident on Tuesday, December 5th.  Mr. Rea served as the Regional Operations Manager for Lighthouse Academies and as the Head Boys Basketball Coach at Lighthouse College Prep Academy.  He previously was a founding staff member, athletic director and head boys basketball coach at Thea Bowman Academy where he led the boys to two state championships. Our hearts go out to his wife Kimberly, his sons Marvin Jr. and Nicholas, and the entire Rea family.  Counselors from New Horizons have been on site at Lighthouse College Prep Academy today and will continue to be on hand as needed for the foreseeable future.  Details regarding services will be provided when they are available.


  • OPEN HOUSE - Thursday, August 25, 2016
Work hard. Get Smart. Graduate from College.

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School Leaders


Charlotte Jackson

Mrs. Jackson has been education over 20 years. She comes to us from East Chicago Urban Enterprise Academy, where she was the founding Principal and has led the school for the last nine years. She led the growth of the school from grades K-4 to grades K-8, doubling the number of scholars. She achieved consistent improvement in standardized testing over five years with an overall gain of 20%. She introduced a character education program and a positive-based intervention system. Under her leadership her school achieved an “A” ranking due in part to a strong growth model. She began her career teaching in Minneapolis public schools in Minnesota. She has also taught in urban schools in Illinois. As an elementary teacher she has taught grades 1st through 5th grade. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Governors State University.
Assistant Principal

Mr. Martin Da Costa

Mr. Da Costa first joined Lighthouse Academies as a Teach For America Corps Member. During his time at Lighthouse, Mr. Da Costa has taught Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Math Lab and is currently the Director of Teacher Leadership. As an advisor, Mr. Da Costa graduated all 25 of his advisees and ensured acceptance to a four-year college for 100% of them. Before joining Lighthouse Mr. Da Costa was an Adjunct Professor of mathematics at Morton College in Cicero, IL. Mr. Da Costa holds a Bachelors degree in Physics from the University of Illinois at Chicago as well as a Masters in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix.


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: Upper Academy

1775 West 41st Avenue, Gary, IN 46408, USA

41.5441666 -87.3582993
Tel: 219-880-1762
Fax: 219-884-4858

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