- That a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound.
- That it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Sarah Gallagher Chief Academic Officer Lighthouse Academies 813.820.4008 Sarah.Gallagher@lha.net U.S. News & World Report Awards Bronze Medals to Indianapolis and Gary Lighthouse Charter Schools Gary Lighthouse Charter School and Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter School each are recognized by U.S. News & World Report in its annual national ranking of top performing schools for 2018. The rankings are based on each school’s performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college. Both schools earned Bronze medals. More than 20,000 schools from across the 50 states and the District of Columbia were included in the analysis and rankings. “Lighthouse Academies welcomes this prestigious recognition as a milestone in our relentless pursuit of excellence and as affirmation that our approach of incorporating the arts into the student experience, along with rigorous, standards-aligned instruction prepares students for life beyond high school and college graduation,” said Sarah Gallagher, Chief Academic Officer. With a total enrollment of just under 1,500 students in grades K – 12, Gary Lighthouse Charter School boasts a graduation rate of 99 percent and a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. The student body is 88 percent Black and eight percent Hispanic, with the remaining four percent identifying as Asian, American Indian, Native Alaskan, or white. At Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter, the slightly more than 900 students enjoy a 98 percent graduation rate and a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. The student body is 69 percent Black, 15 percent white, and 10 percent Hispanic, with the remaining six percent identifying as American Indian, Alaskan or Hawaiian Native, or Pacific Islander. Of schools earning Bronze medals, only 15 percent have a student poverty rate of greater than 75 percent and just 11 percent have a minority enrollment rate of greater than 75 percent. Nearly all students at Gary Lighthouse Charter School and Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter School are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. Minority enrollment is 85 percent at Indianapolis and 99 percent at Gary. How National Rankings are Determined The 2018 Best High School rankings were determined by the global nonprofit social science research firm RTI International and are based on two ideals: