500 Courtlandt Avenue

Metropolitan Lighthouse Charter School

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: 312
Grades: K-5
Date Opened:
Principal: Courtney Russell


  • Responsive Classroom Approach to Social Development
  • Summer SHINE partnership with Bronx Lighthouse Charter School
  • Science, Physical Education, and Music Programs
  • English as a Second Language Program
  • Technology Integration in all Classrooms
  • Reading Partners Tutoring Program

Annual Events

  • Monthly Town Hall Meetings
  • Family Fun Day
  • Monthly Parent Nights
  • Scholar Achievement Nights
  • Spelling Bee
  • Science Fair

Extracurricular Activities

  • Girl Scouts
  • Boy Scouts
  • Girls on the Run


  • Reading Partners
  • Donors Choose
  • New York Charter School Association
  • New Victory Theater
  • Teach For America


Click here to learn more about our new, temporary home for 2013-14 as well as the new state-of-the-art facility we are building.

Click here to learn more about staff open house on February 28.



March 12th: Town Hall Meeting

March 12th: Monthly Parent Night 6:00pm

March 14th: College Spirit Day



April 4th: End of Marking Period for Q3

April 14th-18th: SPRING BREAK (NO SCHOOL)

April 21st: NO SCHOOL (Professional Development Day)

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MetLCS looks forward to moving to its permanent home in 2014 – 2015, where the school will expand each year to eventually be a K – 12 school!

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School Leaders


Courtney Russell

Courtney Russell
Ms. Russell started her career with Hands On Atlanta as an Americorps member directing a team of members and volunteers to influence the academic and social capacities of inner-city students. She then joined Teach For America and taught elementary school in Atlanta. She taught for five years achieving significant academic gains in all subject areas. Most recently, Ms. Russell served as a Professional Development Consultant for Renzulli Learning, an online educational program focused on differentiated learning. Ms. Russell holds a BA from Muhlenberg College as well as a MA in Educational Leadership from Teacher College at Columbia University. She recently completed her Ed.S. in Instructional Design and Development from University of Georgia.
Director of Teacher Leadership

Lauren LeBental

Lauren LeBental
Ms. LeBental is a New Jersey native. After graduating from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she began her teaching career as a Teach For America corps member teaching fourth and fifth grade special education teacher at P.S. 195 in the Bronx. During this time, she also earned her Masters in Education from Hunter College. At P.S. 195, Ms. LeBental became the Grade Team Leader, a member of the Inquiry Team, and the leader of the school’s Curriculum Development Team. Ms. LeBental then transitioned to working on Teach For America’s staff as a Corps Member Advisor as the primary instructional coach for a group of ten new teachers during the 2011 NYC summer institute. Immediately following that, she became a Manager of Teacher Leadership Development, managing and developing a cohort of thirty-five teachers at thirteen schools in the Bronx. She looks forward to bringing the knowledge and skills gained in her diverse roles to ensure that all scholars at MetLCS achieve significant academic results.
Coordinator of Family and Community Partnerships

Kimberly Downing

Kimberly Downing
Ms. Downing began her career as a lead producer of creative services at Black Entertainment Television. Recognizing how much there was to learn within that industry, she began teaching teens aged 14-18 to produce, write, and edit their own scripts which eventually led her to classroom instruction. Ms. Downing went on to design the main libraries at The Harlem Children’s Zone Charter School, which quickly excelled her into the position of Literacy Specialist and the Coordinator of Student Affairs. She is a member of the Golden Key National Honors Society and the NYC Teaching Fellows. Kimberly earned an MSEd in Elementary Reading and Literacy from Walden University, an MA in Media Studies from The New School University, and a BA in Communications from C.U.N.Y City College.
Dean of Teacher Leadership

Shawn Raeke

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Shawn Raeke began his career in education in Richmond, California, where he taught physical science and biology at De Anza High School in Richmond, California. He then became a biology teacher at Oakland Technical High School, and assumed leadership positions during this time as chair of the science department and technology committee. After receiving a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from California State University East Bay, Mr. Raeke transitioned into administration in 2011 by assuming the role of Assistant Principal at Oakland Technical for two years. His responsibilities as an Assistant Principal included coordination of Smaller Learning Communities, director of the Summer Bridge program, and serving as an Academic Counselor.


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.


Why Choose MetLCS?

¿Por qué escoger MetLCS?

The deadline for scholar applications for the 2014 – 2015 school year has passed.  Parents are welcome to submit a completed application which will be added to our wait list.

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.

Why MetLCS?

MetLCS 2014-2015 Staff Open House Flyer

MetLCS Staff Sell Sheet 2014-2015



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Metropolitan Lighthouse Charter School

500 Courtlandt Avenue Bronx, NY 10451 New York NY 10451 USA

40.8153954 -73.9199982
Tel: 718-893-0640
Fax: 718-893-0675

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