East Chicago Lighthouse Charter School

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: 450
Grades: K-8
Date Opened:
Principal: Nicole Lawler


  • Visual Arts and Drama teacher
  • AIM high Mentorship Program
  • ISTEP Achievement Academy
  • Upper Academy Friday Electives: Improv, Dodgeball, School Beautification, Chess, yoga, and more

Annual Events

  • Winter Talent Show
  • Spring Arts Auction and Showcase
  • Fourth Grade Trip to Camp Tecumseh
  • Sixth Grade Trip to Indianapolis
  • End of Year Academic Achievement Celebration Breakfast
  • Back to School Picnic

Extracurricular Activities

  • Afterschool Clubs: Sports and Arts
  • National Spelling Bee Participation


  • Southshore Arts
  • Boys and Girls Club



Other Announcements




  • Dec. 3rd - 15th: NWEA
  • Dec. 21st: End of Quarter 2
  • Dec. 24th - Jan. 8th: Winter Break NO SCHOOL


  • Jan. 8th: Students Back to School
  • Jan. 9th & 10th: Parent Teacher Conferences 2 PM - 4 PM
  • Jan. 21st: Martin Luther King Jr - NO SCHOOL
  • Jan. 28th: 100th Day of School


  • Feb. 15: Q3 Progress Reports
  • Feb. 18th: Presidents Day NO SCHOOL
  • Feb. 20th: Black History Month Symposium
"ECLCS is a good school where kids work hard, care about each other and are respectful. Teachers make sure we get our education and make sure our ISTEP scores improve." --5th Grade Student

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School Leaders


Nicole Lawler

Mrs. Lawler began her career in education in Dallas, TX working in the Dallas Independent School District in 2010-2012 as a member of the 2010 Teach For America Corp. She worked as a 7th and 6th grade teacher at Boude Storey Middle School. She also coached the 6th-8th grade girls soccer team both years. In 2012, Mrs. Lawler moved to Chicago, IL, her hometown, working for Chicago International Charter Schools as a 4th grade teacher at the Washington Park campus. In 2013, she then began working for LEARN Charter Schools as a 1st grade teacher at the South Chicago campus. During her time at LEARN Charter School she served as the grade level lead, data driven instruction lead, and provided professional development around teaching strategies for teachers. Mrs. Lawler received her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Kansas, and her Master’s of Administrative Leadership from Saint Xavier University. Mrs. Lawler loves sports, being a college athlete, a little competition is always fun. She also enjoys working out regularly, dancing, spending time with her family, and traveling with her husband. “I’m honored and excited to have the opportunity to partner with the community of East Chicago to provide a quality rigorous education where students feel safe to learn and explore as we prepare them for their journey in their educational career.”
Director of Teacher Leadership / Assistant Principal

Latasha Carter

Ms. Latasha Carter has been in the field of education for 15 years. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Sociology with a Business Administration minor from Illinois State University. Soon after, she pursues studies in Elementary Education at National Louis University where she earned a Master of Arts in Teaching. Ms. Carter later became certified in Middle School Mathematics, as well as High School Algebra. She spent a majority of her career teaching middle school math at Chicago Public Schools. Most recently, Ms. Carter taught Algebra to 9th Grade students at the University of Chicago Woodlawn Charter High School for two years. Simultaneously, she worked to attain her Ed. S in Administration and Supervision from National Louis University. During her extensive teaching career, she has held many positions of leadership. She was instrumental in developing a middle school program during one of her roles as a middle school teacher in a Chicago Public School and was responsible of shaping the mathematics program, in particular. In addition, she has held several leadership roles including, but not limited to Department Leader, Grade Level Team Leader and coordinator of various programs. Ms. Carter enjoys music, writing poetry and short stories, travel and spending time with the family. “Helping to shape the growth and development of teachers and scholars is one of my greatest passions. It is extremely fulfilling to know that the work that I am involved in at East Chicago Lighthouse will positively affect the future of our wonderful scholar! I am grateful to be a part of a such dynamic school family!


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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East Chicago Lighthouse Charter School

3916 Pulaski Street, East Chicago, IN 46312, USA

41.6420937 -87.4442673
Tel: 219-378-7450
Fax: 219-378-9070

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