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Southwest Detroit Lighthouse Charter Academy

Budget and Salary/Compensation Transparency Reporting 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: 435
Grades: K-7
Date Opened:
Principal: Latoya Asaya


  • Add 1 grade each year until the school is K-12
  • Safe and Nurturing Environment
  • Rigorous Academics
  • Social Development
  • Arts Infusion
  • Diverse and Bilingual Environment
  • Small Group Academic Interventions
  • Transportation for Scholars who Qualify
  • Physical education, Music, & Art Electives

Annual Events

  • Art Gallery

Extracurricular Activities

  • Chess Club: Monday & Wednesday
  • Orchestra Club: Tuesday & Thursday
  • Art Club: Monday & Wednesday
  • Healthy Kids Club: Monday & Wednesday

Club Hours: 3:45-4:45 p.m.  

  • Latino Family Services After School Program: Mon-Thu 3:45-5:45 p.m.



  • Covenant Community Care Dental Clinic
  • Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation
  • S.W. Solutions Early Head Start
  • Family Alliance for Change
  • CHASS Clinic
  • Latino Family Services
  • National Kindney Foundation (PE-Nut Program)
  • Institute for Population Health (Vision & Hearing)
  • Detroit Pal
  • Read to a Child



"Board Meeting/Annual Buget Hearing" June24 at 5:00 p.m. Room 133

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  • May 5 -  Cinco de Mayo Celebration
  • May 7 - Muffins with mom
  • May 21 - Art Nighth
  • May 25 - Field Day
  • June 5 - 2nd Annual Marathon
  • June 8 - Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL
  • June 12 - Fourth Qaurter Ends
  • June 17 - Honor Roll Ceremony
  • June 19 - Donuts with Dad
  • June 24 - Kindergarten Graduation
  • June 25 - Field Day - Last day of School
  • June 26 - Parent Teacher conferences




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SDLCA has a focus on the arts, college exposure early-on, rigorous academic program & social development. Great things are happening so come by and check us out & participate in a tour!

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School Leaders


Latoya Asaya

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Ms. Asaya is a native of Fayetteville, NC. After attending Winston-Salem State University, Ms. Asaya joined Teach for America. She was placed in Washington DC, where she taught for Prince George’s County Public schools. During her time there, she earned her master’s degree in Elementary Education from George Mason University. She then pursed a teaching opportunity with KIPP DC Public Charter Schools. During her first year there, she earned the KIPP DC Board Award for Excellence in Teaching. She also served as a mentor teacher, developed curriculum, and was a faculty advisor. Ms. Asaya believes that all children can succeed. When students, parents, teachers, and the school are all united the possibilities are endless.
Assistant Principal

Lauren Acker

SDLCA Lauren Acker
Ms. Acker is originally from Chicago, IL. She graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2007 and joined Teach For America. She was placed in Baltimore, Maryland and taught 3rd and 4th grade for Baltimore City Public Schools for two years. During her time there, she earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from Johns Hopkins University. She then moved to Washington, DC and worked at Teach For America, recruiting and hiring corps members. After two years with Teach For America she wanted to pursue opportunities working directly with students again, and accepted a 4th grade teaching job at Potomac Lighthouse Public Charter School in DC. During her second year at PLPCS, she became a Teacher Leader Fellow and earned the Shining Star award for having the highest student achievement scores on NWEA for any elementary school teacher in the Lighthouse network. She moved back to Michigan in 2013 to work at SDLCA and is very excited to join the leadership team this year as the Assistant Principal.
Director of Student Services

Shannon Klaft

SDLCA Shannon Klaft
Shannon Klaft is originally from Lincoln Park, MI. She graduated from the Michigan State University in 2006, joined Teach For America, and taught in both Chicago, IL and Phoenix, AZ. After four years of teaching in the United States and earning a Masters of Arts in Teaching, she pursued several years of international teaching in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Her passion for culture, learning Spanish, and working with English Language Learners (ELL) led her back to Detroit in 2013 to work as an ELL academic interventionist and teacher coach. She now serves the school as Director of Student Services and oversees Response to Intervention (RTI), Special Education, ELL, and all other services that respond to the needs of our students. She is happy to be part of the Lighthouse Community.
Family Coordinator

Sandra Gonzalez

Ms. Sandra Gonzalez is originally from Jalisco, Mexico and is a proud graduate of Western International H.S. here in S.W Detroit. She has lived in the S.W. Detroit Community for 21 years. Since then she has been able to open her own business and is a proud mother of a scholar at Lighthouse Academy! She believes that education and parenting involvement combined equals great success for children.


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!

Join Our Team

SDLCA Budget 2015-16 for board approval 062415Are 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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Southwest Detroit Lighthouse Charter Academy

4001 29th Street, Detroit MI 48210 USA

42.3346443 -83.1093903
Tel: 313.782.4422
Fax: 313.782.4469

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