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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: 430
Grades: K-7
Date Opened:
Principal: Sherrie Buchzeiger


  • 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
  • Orchestra
  • Choir

Annual Events

  • Art Family Night
  • St. Jude on the Move Marathon
  • Holiday Concert
  • Fun Festivals
  • Spring Concert
  • Muffins with Mom
  • Donuts with Dad
  • March is Reading Month
  • School-Wide Stop Drop & Read

Extracurricular Activities

  • Detroit Pal Year Round Soccer
  • Latino Family Services After-School Program
  • Art Club
  • Safety Patrol Team
  • S.W. Solutions Male Mentoring After-School Program
  • Peers Making Peace: Peer Mediation
  • In-School Student Led Mentoring Program


  • Covenant Community Care Dental Clinic
  • 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
  • AmeriCorps



  • 6/17: Move for St. Jude Marathon (changed due to weather)
  • 6/17: Donuts with Dad at 9:00 a.m. (deadline to submit forms 6/10)
  • 6/20: Kinder Graduation at 9:00 a.m.
  • 6/21: Field Day
  • 6/22: Last Day of School 1/2 day
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  • 6/22: Last Day for Scholars 1/2 day
  • 6/24: Last Day for Staff
SDLCA has a focus on the arts, college exposure early-on, rigorous academic program & social development to ensure we develop tomorrow's leaders of excellence! Amazing Art Show & Art Night, thank you Ms. Ellis for inspiring our scholars to express themselves through art! Congratulations on a job well done!

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Sherrie Buchzeiger

Sherrie Buchzeiger, a native of metro Detroit , began her career in the Detroit school system. Her focus and passion has been to eliminate the achievement gap in education. She attended Eastern Michigan University for her undergraduate work and holds Masters degrees in both Curriculum and Instruction as well as School Leadership. With an extensive background in urban education, she has worked both on a district level and at central office. Sherrie is pleased to join the Lighthouse Academy family and looks forward to a successful academic year.
Assistant Principal/Director of Teacher Leadership

Holly Gilbert-Ryle

Holly Gilbert SDLCA
Holly Gilbert-Ryle is a native Detroiter who attended Wayne State University to complete her bachelor’s and master’s degree. Her areas of focus were Early Childhood Special Education, Learning Disabilities and Instructional Technology. Holly has been an educator for more 17 years supporting students in Hamtramck and the Metro Detroit area. While serving as the Director of Teacher Leadership for upper elementary and middle school at Southwest Detroit Lighthouse Academy, she will complete her Ed Specialist in Education Leadership. Holly is a mom of 3 who enjoys traveling, reading and writing teen fiction and cycling with her family.
Director of Student Services

Mary Roberts

Mary Roberts SDLCA
Mary Roberts grew up on the west side of the state and attended Aquinas College where she double majored in Spanish and Learning Disabilities. She then moved to the Detroit area to begin teaching Special Education and has since finished her Master’s degree from Wayne State University. Mary has been a Special Educator for ten years and is now the Director of Student Services at Southwest Detroit Lighthouse Charter Academy.
Community Parternships & Family Coordinator

Sandra Gonzalez

SDLCA 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.
Behavior Specialist

Sonia Ponce de Leon

Sonia Ponce de Leon SDLCA
Sonia Ponce de Leon is originally from Texas and has resided in the state of Michigan for over 20 years where she received her Bachelors from Eastern Michigan University and Masters from the University of Michigan in the area of Social Work with children and families. She was a school social worker for 10 years in the S.W. Detroit area and has now been with S.W. Detroit Lighthouse going on 3 years where she has held various positions from the Founding Family Coordinator to Behavior Specialist presently. She believes that education is the foundation to true freedom and empowerment!


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

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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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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