North Point Lighthouse Charter School Secures Facility

The Board of Directors of Lighthouse Academies of Wisconsin (LAW) is pleased to announce that they have signed a long term lease on a facility to house the new North Point Lighthouse Charter School which will open in August, 2012 with grades K-4. The school will add one grade each year until it reaches 12th grade.

The new school will be located at 4200 West Douglas Avenue in Milwaukee. The former warehouse will be developed by Canyon Agassi, a partnership between Canyon Capital Realty Advisors and Andre Agassi Ventures. The partnership seeks to promote the success and growth of best-in-class charter schools by acting as a for-profit “bridge developer” of educational facilities.

Plunkett Raysich Architects is providing design services to transform the space from warehouse to a bright and cheerful school that will support the school’s arts-infused curriculum. The facility will include a full science lab, auditorium an outdoor play area and room for future expansion.

Alderman Ashanti Hamilton was instrumental in helping Lighthouse secure the needed zoning approval. The school will pay real estate taxes helping to broaden the City’s tax base.

LAW partnered with IFF, a local nonprofit to search for potential sites. IFF identified the West Douglas Street site and assisted Lighthouse in completing the due diligence and securing financing from Canyon Agassi.

James Brooks, President of the LAW Board, and Center Director for Child Development, Inc., says “Working with Lighthouse Academies is an extremely rewarding experience. From the initial planning stages the focus has been on identifying a facility that would be accessible to families in this community.”

Anna Hammernik, founding principal, said “As a native Milwaukeean, I know how critical it is for the future of our city that every student has a seat in a classroom where expectations and achievement are a priority. The opening of North Point Lighthouse
Charter School ensures that more children will have access to an education that will prepare them to graduate from college.”

Jason Fields, State Representative, remarked “It is great to see Lighthouse Academies bring its services to the children of the 11th assembly district and to all the children in Milwaukee. I am grateful that such an organization will be here to prepare leaders for the future.”

Cindy Zautcke, Director at City of Milwaukee Charter School Initiative, said “We’re excited about the prospect of North Point Lighthouse opening a school to serve the city’s children in one of its neediest zip codes.”

Heather Heaviland from IFF stated that “By securing the 4200 Douglas property, Lighthouse Academies of Wisconsin is set to provide access to high quality education. IFF is proud to be working with Lighthouse in this effort.”

North Point Lighthouse is currently accepting applications for students entering Kindergarten through fourth grade. For more information on the school, please visit our website or contact Anna Hammernik, Principal, at 414-429-3603.

North Point Lighthouse Charter School is a member of the Lighthouse Academies national network. Lighthouse Academies, Inc. (LHA) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that develops and supports the operations of public charter schools in underserved communities throughout the United States. LHA distinguishes itself as a charter management organization (CMO) using an arts-infused, K-12 college prep program funded solely on per pupil revenue to achieve its mission.