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Potomac Lighthouse Public 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: 430
Grades: Pre-School - 8
Date Opened:
Principal: Ramon Richardson


  • One of DC's Top Performing Schools based on DC-CAS results
  • Rigorous arts-infused college prep program
  • Saturday SHINE Academy

Annual Events

  • Family Literacy Night
  • Math Night
  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Spelling Bee
  • Art Exhibit

Extracurricular Activities

  • Cheerleading
  • Partnership with Turkey Thicket Recreation Center for after-school sports programs


  • Teach For America
  • American University Freshman Volunteers
  • District of Columbia Arts Collaborative


PLPCS Participates in the National School Lunch Program & School Breakfast Program

Potomac Lighthouse proudly serves all of our school breakfast and lunch meals at NO COST to our families!  Being participants in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program allows to provide this wonderful benefit to all of our families.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Potomac Lighthouse Public Charter School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities.  To read more about this policy, please click here.


March 2014

  • March 19 - Board of Trustees Meeting (6:30 P.M.)
  • March 21 - End of 3rd Quarter
  • March 26 - Pre-School - Kinder. Pictures (Uniform Only)
  • March 27 - 1st - 8th Grade Pictures (Uniform Only)
  • March 28 - Report Cards Sent Home
PLPCS Artwork Work Hard Get Smart by Angel
"Our school holds us to high expectations" --PLPCS Student

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School Leaders


Ramon L. Richardson, Esq.

Mr. Richardson graduated from the University of California, at Los Angeles, in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Upon graduating from UCLA, he committed five years to teaching elementary students in the Compton Unified School District, at Ralph J. Bunche Elementary School, as a member of Teach For America. After teaching for five years in Compton, Mr. Richardson attended Howard University School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate. After graduating with his J.D., he practiced law as commercial litigator at Drinker Biddle & Reath. While working at Drinker, he also sat on Potomac Lighthouse’s Board of Directors, as a member of the board and as the Education subcommittee chairperson. Ultimately, Mr. Richardson left the legal field when he realized that as a commercial litigator he did not have an impact in the efforts to close the achievement gap for urban kids and our scholars at Potomac Lighthouse.
Director of Teacher Leadership (4th Grade - 8th Grade)

Tracey Naylor

Ms. Naylor graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. with her B.A. Degree in International Economic Policy and Chinese. Prior to joining Teach for America, Ms. Naylor worked with Lehman, Lee, and Xu in Beijing, China and Peking University Women's Legal Aide Centre. Upon Ms. Naylor's return to the United States, she began her teaching career with Teach for America in Phoenix, Arizona where she served in various roles as a 6th grade teacher. Ms. Naylor received various awards including the Sue Lehman Excellence in Teaching Award, the Edeslky Literacy and Social Justice Award, as well as numerous local distinctions. Shortly thereafter, Ms. Naylor moved to New Orleans, as a 7th grade science teacher and instructional coach, where she helped to build one of the state's top science programs. In 2010, Ms. Naylor began her graduate program at Columbia University in New York where she received her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. She proceeded to work with Achievement First in Brooklyn, NY as a Principal in Residence. Ms. Naylor recently joined the PLPCS team as the 4th-8th grade Director of Teacher Leadership.
Director of School Culture

Steaven Hamlin

Mr. Hamlin graduated from Virginia State University, in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology Education. Upon graduating from VSU, he committed 3 years to teaching Middle School science at Old Court Middle School in the Baltimore County Public School System, at Old Court Middle School. Additionally, he served 4 years as a Special Education Lead teacher in the District of Columbia, at High Road Academy of Washington, D.C. Furthermore, Mr. Hamlin has spent years working with Baltimore County Detention Center and Prince George County as a GED Instructor in their Adult Education Programs. While teaching in the District of Columbia, Mr. Hamlin attended Johns Hopkins University where he studied School Counseling and Education Administration & Supervision at Trinity University. In 2010, Mr. Hamlin joined Potomac Lighthouse as the Special Education Coordinator. Currently, he serves as the Director of Student Support where he combines his expertise on leadership, supervision, and professional development with his knowledge of Special Education best practices.
Director of Support Services

Phil Y. Bailey, Esq.

Before his arrival at PLPCS, Mr. Bailey served three years as an attorney within the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, DC. His educational background includes a 2008 Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law and a 2005 Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing from Delaware State University. Outside of PLPCS, Mr. Bailey continually works to effectuate change among the youth in his community through his coaching position with the Silver Spring Saints youth football organization.
Director of Teacher Leadership (1st - 3rd Grade)

Sanjay Singh

Sanjay Singh graduated the University of Maryland, at College Park in 2001 shortly after 9/11/01. Feeling compelled to serve his community, he began his teaching career as a 5th grade at John Greenleaf Whittier Elementary School in Washington, DC while serving as a Corps Member of Teacher For America. He taught there for nearly a decade while also serving as the Math Professional Developer and later as the Instructional Coach. While a teacher at Whittier, he received his first Masters degree in Teaching at Trinity Washington University in 2007. Feeling the desire to have a larger school-wide impact, Sanjay pursued his second Masters Degree in Educational Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University through their Summer Principals Academy. He would later serve as Academic Director at Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School in Southeast Washington, DC in 2011. Having cut his teeth in elementary school, he desired to return to his work with younger students and joined the staff at Potomac Lighthouse as the Director of Teacher Learning for 1st through 3rd grades in 2013.


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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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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