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: 497
Grades: K-8
Date Opened:
Principal: Tyra Williams


  • Responsive Classroom Approach to Social Development
  • Summer SHINE program
  • Physical Education and Arts Education classes
  • English as a Second Language Program
  • Technology Integration in all Classrooms
  • Reading Partners Tutoring Program

Annual Events

  • Honor Roll Breakfast Celebration
  • Family Fun Day
  • Scholastic Book Fairs
  • School-Wide Spelling Bee

Extracurricular Activities

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball


  • SONYC Woodycrest
  • Donors Choose
  • New York Charter School Association
  • New Victory Theater
  • Teach For America
  • PwC
  • NY Cares
  • Smile New York Outreach
  • Summer on the Hill




  • December 5th- Coffee and Conversation with Ms. Williams
  • December 5th- Picture Day for Grades K-7
  • December 11th-December 15th- Scholastic Winter Book Fair
  • December 15th- Quarter 1 Honor Awards Ceremony- 8:30 am
  • December 18th-December 21st- Winter Spirit Week
  • December 19th- BOT Meeting 6:30 pm
  • December 22nd- December 29th- Winter Break- No school for scholars


  • January 1st- Winter Break-MetLCS/MetCPA is closed
  • January 2nd- Staff and Scholars Return
  • January 15th- Martin Luther King Jr. Day- MetLCS/MetCPA is closed
  • January 24th- Quarter 2 Ends
Whatever It Takes to Empower Hearts and Minds

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Uniform Information

School Leaders


Tyra L. Williams

Ms. Williams began her career with the NYCDOE as an elementary school teacher in the Bronx. After teaching grades 1-3 for 5 years, she transitioned to become a middle school teacher of English Language Arts and Social-Studies. During her seven year tenure as a middle school teacher, Ms. Williams achieved academic success and took on the role of Grade Team Leader while pursuing a master's degree in school and district leadership. Shortly thereafter, she came an Assistant Principal both on the middle and high school levels. After 4 years, Ms. Williams was accepted into the New York City Leadership Academy's Aspiring Principals' Program. Most recently, she served as middle school principal in the Soundview section of the Bronx. Ms. Williams holds a BA from State University of New York at Albany, an MS in Elementary Education from Fordham University and an MS in Administration and Supervision from The College of New Rochelle.
Assistant Principal and Director of Teacher Leadership (5-8)

Kurt Davidson

Mr. Davidson leads the Upper Academy at MetLCS. He began his career as a Teach for America special education teacher at The Arts and Technology Academy (ATA) Public Charter School in Washington, DC. Over four years, Mr. Davidson assumed greater leadership roles serving as a team leader and then as a mathematics instructional leader, leading the curriculum, professional development, and instructional coaching effort that came with transitioning to the Common Core Standards. In that time, he also served as a Seminar Instructor for TNTP, providing coaching and instruction for first year teachers working to gain certification. Looking to expand his leadership skills and gain public school district experience, Mr. Davidson served as a Resident Principal at Pinewood Elementary in Charlotte, NC. In his residency through New Leaders, he directly managed nine classroom teachers and successfully led the school's Read to Achieve, personalized learning, and School Leadership Team/ Title I initiatives. Mr. Davidson has a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters of Special Education degree from George Mason University.
Operations Manager

Melissa Alston

Ms. Melissa Alston is the Founding Manager, Operations at MetLCS. Ms. Alston has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology and a Masters of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She began her career in Assets Protection at Target Corp, where she held several security management positions. She then went on to hold other positions at Target Corp. including merchandising and full store management. Her experience and success in leading teams led her to rapid promotion in the company, and while she loved her job, she knew she wanted more out of her career both personally and professionally. Ms. Alston, a native of the Bronx, joined the MetLCS team in order to impact the lives of scholars and ensure that each every one of them has the skills and knowledge to get to and through college. Ms. Alston is passionate about operational excellence, adult development, safety and removing obstacles to ensure scholars at MetLCS receive the best educational possible. Ms. Alston's and her team are ready to help you with any questions or issues you may have in regards to scholar transportation, the lottery, enrollment and scholar files.


Become a Lighthouse Academy Student

Discover, achieve and prepare for success in college and beyond. We will prepare your scholar academically, socially and culturally to succeed in and graduate from college.  We will develop your scholar’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 scholars with a high quality education.

The deadline for scholar applications for the 2015 – 2016 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 scholars. We need people who share our passion for creativity and innovation. We are committed to developing the capacity of our staff with 15 professional days each year, individual coaching and collaboration. Join us in transforming children’s futures.

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Metropolitan Lighthouse Charter School

180 West 165th Street, Bronx, NY 10452, USA

40.8342667 -73.9301758
Tel: 718-893-0640
Fax: 718-893-0675

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