History

YearEvents
2003
  1. Scott Hamilton offers Mike Ronan an Entrepreneur in Residence position at Pisces Foundation
  2. Lighthouse Academies, Inc.® is incorporated in November
2004
  1. Bronx Lighthouse Charter School is approved by the New York State Board of Regents
  2. Bronx Lighthouse Charter School opens September 2004 with 128 students
2005
  1. Lighthouse Academies opens schools in Indiana (Indianapolis Lighthouse and Gary Lighthouse) and the District of Columbia (Potomac Lighthouse)
2006
  1. The Lighthouse Network expands to Chicago, IL, with the opening of Bronzeville Lighthouse Charter School as well as two other schools in northwest Indiana (East Chicago Lighthouse and West Gary Lighthouse)
2007
  1. The first annual Lighthouse Network Summit is held at University of Illinois, Chicago
  2. A second Lighthouse school opens in Indianapolis, Indiana (Monument Lighthouse)
2008
  1. Our first Lighthouse school, the Bronx Lighthouse Charter School, receives an A on the New York City progress report (and again in 2009).
2009
  1. Lighthouse opens Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School in Jacksonville, Arkansas
  2. The first Lighthouse College Prep Academies open in Gary and Indianapolis
  3. Lighthouse Academies enrolls 4,300 students and has close to 500 staff members
  4. College Ready Now is founded
2010
  1. Lighthouse Academies receives the first ever charter granted to an outside management organization from Milwaukee Public Schools
  2. Pine Bluff Lighthouse, the second Lighthouse school in Arkansas, is approved and set to open in 2011
  3. The third College Prep Academy opens in Gary, IN
  4. Metropolitan Lighthouse Charter School opens in Bronx, NY
2011
  1. Pine Bluff Lighthouse Charter School opens in Pine Bluff, AR
  2. Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School opens the Flightline Campus to house the expansion of its Upper Academy
  3. Three more Lighthouse College Prep Academies open in Bronx, NY and Indianapolis and East Chicago, IN.

2012

  1. Tulsa Lighthouse Charter School opens in Tulsa, OK
  2. North Point Lighthouse Charter School opens in Milwaukee, WI

2013

  1. First  Two Graduating Classes at Gary Lighthouse Charter School and Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter School.  100% of graduates were accepted to four year colleges or universities earning more than $3M in scholarships collectively.
  2. Southwest Detroit Lighthouse Charter Academy opens in Detroit, MI.
  3. Lighthouse Academies celebrates ten years of working to prepare our scholars for college and beyond.
  4. Khori Whittaker named to succeed Michael Ronan as CEO in July 2014.

2014

Khori Whittaker becomes President and CEO in July.

99% of graduates were accepted to four year colleges or universities earning more than $3M in scholarships collectively.

2015

First Graduating Class at Bronx Lighthouse Charter School.  More than 90% graduation rate and more than 95% college acceptance rate.

Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter School – East in Indianapolis, IN, opens in August for grades 7-9.  The school will grow to serve through grade 12.

Capital City Lighthouse Charter School in North Little Rock, AR, opens in August for grades K-6.

Tulsa Lighthouse Charter School expands to second campus to house the Upper Academy.

Oklahoma City Lighthouse Charter School opens in Oklahoma City, OK in August.