Mr. Eric Dailey has been named the Founding Principal of Capital City Lighthouse Charter School (CCLCS) set to open in North Little Rock, Arkansas in August 2015. As the newest addition to the Lighthouse Academies Arkansas region, CCLCS intends to leverage the successes of its sister schools while redefining what is possible for children in central Arkansas.  CCLCS will serve grades K-6 starting in August. One grade will be added each year until the school includes through grade 12. The CCLCS mission is to prepare scholars for college through a rigorous STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts-Infusion and Math) program.

Mr. Dailey is a National Truman Scholar and National Gates Scholar and maintains a personal and professional commitment to public service and educational equity. This commitment has led him to help found two KIPP schools: KIPP Victory Academy Elementary School and KIPP Blytheville College Preparatory School. Most recently, Mr. Dailey served as the Founding Assistant School Leader at KIPP Victory Academy in St. Louis, Missouri. In this role, Mr. Dailey oversaw the instructional, cultural, and operational solvency of a new elementary charter school. Before helping to start KIPP Victory Academy Elementary School, Mr. Dailey served as an Assistant Principal, Managing Grade Level Chair, and Teacher with KIPP Delta Public Schools at KIPP Blytheville College Preparatory School in Blytheville, Arkansas. During his tenure with KIPP Delta Public Schools and as a Teach for America alum, Mr. Dailey experienced exceptional levels of success in the classroom. Most notably, Mr. Dailey led over 92% of his students to exceed their individual growth targets on the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment in his first year of teaching.

Mr. Dailey has participated in numerous professional development opportunities that extend his learning and capacity. As a leader, Mr. Dailey joined other KIPP leaders and teachers across the country to prepare KIPP schools for the literacy shifts of Common Core. This two-year endeavor through KIPP’s Literacy for Everyone program allowed Mr. Dailey to coach and manage other leaders and teachers on literacy best practices.

Mr. Dailey is a graduate of the International Baccalaureate Program at North Little Rock High School. He earned his B.A. from Rhodes College in Political Science and a M.Ed. in School Leadership from the University of Southern California. Mr. Dailey also maintains a certificate of Public Policy from American University in Washington, D.C. Having authored three case studies on teacher evaluation and human capital, Mr. Dailey seeks to blend the theoretical and the practical within a school setting by leading with a base of academic research. A native of North Little Rock, Mr. Dailey is thrilled to be able to impact change right here in the Natural State.

Capital City Lighthouse Charter School is a part of the Lighthouse Academies national nonprofit network of charter schools. Lighthouse Academies schools provide opportunities for children to discover, achieve, and prepare for success in college, incorporating an arts-infused philosophy. They develop children’s critical decision-making skills to prepare them for success in life. Everyone works relentlessly to achieve these outcomes through a self-sustaining financial model to transform children’s futures.