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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: 415
Grades: 7-12
Date Opened:
Principal: Ryan Gall


  • 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
  • Partnership with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis - SPAN

Annual Events

  • Junior Class Overnight College Tour
  • Homecoming Week
  • School-wide Talent Show
  • Community Service Day
  • Junior & Senior Proms
  • Underclassmen College Tours
  • Gateway Week
  • College Pride Week
  • Senior Signing Day

Extracurricular Activities

After-school programming is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 - 5:00 with clubs meeting from 4:15 - 5:15. All students wishing to stay for tutoring should contact their specific teacher ahead of time.
  • Athletics: Cross Country, Volleyball, Cheerleading, Basketball, Track
  • National Honor Society
  • Spell Bowl
  • Girls' Club
  • Show Choir
  • Robotics Club
  • Anime Club
  • Unleashed Dance Team
  • Indy Pulse Spoken Word



September Break: No School Monday, September 5 - Tuesday, September 6 After-school Programming will begin soon!  



  • 5: Labor Day - No School
  • 6: Teacher PD - No School


  • 6: Quarter 1 Ends
  • 7-10: Fall Break - No School
  • 11: Teacher PD - No School
  • 21: Parent Conferences - 1/2 Day of School


  • 11:  Teacher PD - 1/2 Day of School
  • 23-25: Thanksgiving - No School


  • 2: Teacher PD - 1/2 Day of School
  • 16: Quarter 2 Ends
  • 19-30: Winter Break
CPA Artwork
Artwork painted by our CPA scholars on display in the main hallway.

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Student Applications

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Board Calendars

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College Transitions


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Scholar Family Handbooks

School Calendars

School News

Student Applications

School Leaders


Ryan Gall

Mr. Gall was the Founding Principal for Indianapolis Lighthouse College Prep Academy (CPA). He served as Principal for five years, graduating the first two classes with 100% of graduates being accepted to a four year college or university. Prior to the opening of the CPA, Mr. Gall served as the Director of Instruction for Indianapolis Lighthouse. As a Program Facilitator and Teacher for the Indianapolis Public Schools, he created and implemented the BELIEVE Academy middle school program. Mr. Gall has over six years of teaching experience including both middle school and elementary school. At KIPP Indianapolis, Mr. Gall not only taught fifth grade math but also designed curriculum maps, served as math department chair and created programs to foster culture, academics and character. He started his career as a Teach For America Corps Member teaching in Detroit, MI. Mr. Gall holds a BA in Business and English from Alma College as well as a MA in Elementary Education from Wayne State University.
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. Ms. Hammell is in her 5th year at ILCS South and in her 2nd year as the Special Education Coordinator. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing and spending time with family and friends. 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!

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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