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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: 375
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.

Documents & Links

Latest Documents

Student Applications

Board Calendars

Board of Directors

Scholar Family Handbooks

Document Archive

Board Calendars

Board of Directors

College Transitions


Press Releases

Scholar Family Handbooks

School Calendars

School News

Student Applications

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 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.


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!

If you are looking to enroll for this year, please call us.

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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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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