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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.


Quick Facts

Number of Scholars: 400
Grades: 7-12
Date Opened:
Principal: Rahul Jyoti


  • 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
  • Senior Signing Day

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


  • Project Lead the Way
  • Arsenal Tech Career Center
  • IUPUI SPAN Program
  • Ivy Tech Professor on Loan
  • National Honor Society
  • Project One Love
  • Sam Ash Music


Exciting News for Class of 2015: Patterson Horth Inc. is sponsoring two $2500 scholarships for ILCS CPA Seniors.  Read press release

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.



Jan.6: School resumes
Jan.16: Half day/Parent Conferences
Jan.19: No School - Martin Luther King Day
Jan.27: Lighthouse Academies of Indiana Board Meeting 5:00 p.m.



Feb.13: No School - Professional Development Day
Feb.16: No School - President's Day
Feb.24: Lighthouse Academies of Indiana Board Meeting 5:00 p.m.

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

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School Leaders


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.
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.
Assistant Principal (11th & 12th Grade)

Megan Kinsey

Mrs. Kinsey attended Ball State University where she majored in Secondary Education. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Ball State University in Secondary Education with emphasis on Historical Perspective, Political Science, and Geography. Mrs. Kinsey is beginning her 9th year at Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter School. During her tenure at Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter School she has taught 5th – 12th grade Social Studies classes, mentored teachers, and served on the leadership team. In 2009 she became a founding teacher of the College Prep Academy and was a part of graduating the first class of the CPA in 2013. Mrs. Kinsey has also coached cheerleading, organized school dances, as well as planned and implemented the annual end of year school trip to Cedar Point Amusement Park. Mrs. Kinsey welcomed her son Lincoln Alexander into the world in 2014 and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Special Education Coordinator

Courtney Hammell

Ms. Hammell grew up in Evanston, IL. She graduated with Bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and International Studies, as well as a minor in Latin American Studies, from Miami University (OH). She began teaching Special Education at Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter School CPA in 2011 as a Teach For America corps member. During this time, she also worked as a Resource and Life Skills teacher and an 8th and 9th grade Advisor. After three years, she accepted a position in Development with Teach For America – Indianapolis, a local education nonprofit. She is very excited to return to ILCS South as the Special Education Coordinator for the 2015-2016 school year! In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing and reading. In 2013 Ms. Hammell received her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Marian University, and in 2015 she earned her Masters of Public Affairs from Indiana University – Bloomington.


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!

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ILCS 2015-16 Scholar and Family HandbookAre 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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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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