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Indianapolis Lighthouse College Preparatory Academy: South Campus

At Lighthouse College Preparatory Academies (CPA), we make an extraordinary promise: if a scholar graduates from our College Prep Academy, he/she will be admitted to a four year college or university.  We keep that promise, through rigorous standards and an arts-infused curriculum that prepares students academically, socially and culturally for success in college – and beyond.

About

Quick Facts

Number of Scholars: 375
Grades: 7-12
Date Opened:
Principal: Cathy Tooley

Features

  • After School Tutoring: 2 nights per week, free transportation
  • 1-to-1 Laptop Program: Students keep laptops upon graduation
  • Full-time College Transition Counselor
  • Small Group Advisory Program with consistent adult advocate
  • Dual enrollment coursework beginning in the sophomore year
  • Partnership with Arsenal Tech for career courses

Annual Events

  • Junior Class Overnight College Tour
  • Homecoming Week
  • School-wide Talent Show
  • Year-end Out-of-State Trips
  • Community Service Day
  • Junior & Senior Proms
  • Underclass College Tours
  • Gateway Week
  • College Pride Week

Extracurricular Activities

  • Student Council
  • Percussion Ensemble - Drumline
  • National Honor Society
  • Athletics: Volleyball, Basketball, Track
  • Show Choir
  • Book Club
  • Games Club
  • Film Appreciation Club
  • Theater Club
  • Robotics Club

Partnerships

  • College Summit
  • National Honor Society
  • GLAM (Gorgeous Ladies Acting Maturely, Inc.)
  • Project One Love
  • Wabash College
  • Phi Delta Theta of Butler University
  • Indiana University High School
  • Sam Ash Music

Announcements

Click here for more information about the plans for Lighthouse schools in Indiana for 2014-15.

After school tutoring is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 - 4:15 with clubs meeting from 4:15 - 5:15. All students who stay must have already signed up for tutoring and have received a ticket from Mr. or Mrs. Lipphardt.

Calendar

October

  • 13-14th: Fall Break (No School)
  • 15-17th: Junior College Tour
  • 21st: RIOT
  • 25th (Sat): ACT Testing
  • 28th: SWAT
  • 29th: 7-9th Grade College Trip - PSAT given
  • 31st: No School 

CPA Artwork
Artwork painted by our CPA scholars are on display in the main hallway.

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School Leaders

Principal

Cathy Tooley

Mrs. Tooley has lived her whole life in Indiana. She received her BA from Marian College (now Marian University) and her MA from Indiana University. Mrs. Tooley began her teaching career at Decatur Central High School where she taught high school Spanish for twenty years. She completed her administrative license in the fall of 2004 and became an administrator at Decatur Central High School for another seven years. In the fall of 2011 she served as the principal of Cascade High School in Hendricks county for three years. Mrs. Tooley has been married for 29 years and is the proud mother of three grown children. She is excited to return to urban education after her brief three years at Cascade and is very excited to bring her enthusiasm and experience to Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter School.
Director of Instruction

Joel Thomas

Joel Thomas is an assistant principal at Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter School. Beginning his teaching career through Teach for America, Joel has spent the past three years as an administrator at Lighthouse and the last five years teaching English to high school students primarily in low-income communities. During that time, he pushed his students to achieve remarkable results on their state tests. Working as a leader in his school, Joel is responsible for evaluating teacher lessons, observing their classrooms and coaching them in best practices. He further helps to develop his colleagues by leading regular professional development for the staff. Joel earned his undergraduate degree in English and Political Science from Olivet Nazarene University and his Masters degree in teaching from Marian University. Last year, Joel finished a two year fellowship with Teach Plus.
Director of School Culture

Kevin Butler

Mr. Butler is in his sixth year at Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter School. During his tenure at ILCS he has been a Title 1 Teacher, Director of School Culture and School Counselor. Mr. Butler received his Bachelor Degree in Social Work from Wilberforce University and is studying for his Master Degree in Professional Counseling. Mr. Butler grew up in Peoria, Illinois and is a proud alumni of Peoria High School and Illinois Central College. Mr. Butler is the father of a fun and loving 4 year old girl and enjoys spending time with family and friends! Mr. Butler has also assisted with the development of our growing Athletic program, serving as an Assistant Athletic Director, Coach and Mentor.
Director of College Transitions (grades 7, 9, & 11)

Rachel Green Sharpe

Mrs. Green Sharpe graduated from North Central High School in Indianapolis and attended Rice University in Houston, where she studied Art History and French. After college Mrs. Green Sharpe joined Teach for America and began her career in urban education teaching Visual Arts and English in Chicago and in Gary, Indiana. Mrs. Green Sharpe also served as the Manager of Curriculum for a network of charter schools in Dallas, Texas and as a Reading Specialist/Instructional Coach in a local high school prior to joining the Indianapolis Lighthouse team. Mrs. Green Sharpe is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts degree in Public School Building Administration from Teachers College, Columbia, University; she currently lives in Broad Ripple with her husband Roger and her dog Argo.
DIrector of College Transitions (grades 8, 10, & 12)

Rahul Jyoti

Mr. Jyoti grew up in South Bend, Indiana and graduated from Penn High School. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Purdue University in Statistics and Business. Mr. Jyoti began his career working for General Electric in their Financial Management Program. He started his teaching career at Indianapolis Lighthouse as a 2009 Teach for America Corps Member. During his three years at Lighthouse Mr. Jyoti has designed curriculum for and taught Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, and Marketing. He also served as the technology director and helped developed plans for the advisory program. In 2011, Mr. Jyoti received his Masters of Arts in Teaching from Marian College.
Assistant Principal

Ali Justin

Ms. Justin began her career teaching English at Wapahani High School in Delaware County. While teaching, she coached Track and Field and was Student Council sponsor. After 9 years there, she took advantage of the opportunity to begin her administrative career and became the Assistant Principal/Curriculum Coordinator for Southern Wells Community Schools. After two years, she moved back to Delaware County to become the Assistant Principal at Wes Del Community Schools. From there, she began her career in urban education for Kokomo Center Schools where she served as the Assistant Principal at Central International Baccalaureate School. Ms. Justin then made the decision to move back to Greenwood to be nearer to family. She now resides in Indianapolis with her three children: Madyson(age 10), Emerson (age 9), and John (age 9).

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Indianapolis Lighthouse College Preparatory Academy: South Campus

1780 Sloan Avenue Indianapolis IN 46203 USA

39.7433929 -86.0875702
Tel: 317-351-1534
Fax: 317-351-1804

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