Gary Lighthouse Charter School: Upper Academy

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: 484
Grades: 4-8
Date Opened:
Principal: Charlotte Jackson


  • Arts Partnerships

Annual Events

  • Holiday Program
  • End of Year Celebration
  • Awards Ceremonies

Extracurricular Activities

  • Boys/Girls Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Choir
  • Key Boarding
  • Drama Club
  • Student Council


  • Arts Partners
  • PATH
  • PTA


Welcome to Gary Lighthouse Charter School Upper Academy website!  Our School will be transitioning,  servicing grades 4-8 for the 2018-2019 school year.  Applications are being accepted.



  • October 12-End of Quarter 1
  • October 15-16 Teacher PD Days
  • October 15-19 Fall Break No School
  • October 24 Parent Teacher Conferences 2:30 pm-4:30 pm
  • October 25 Parent Teacher Conferences 2:00 pm-6:00 pm


  • November 12 No School (Veteran's Day)
  • November 21-23 No School (Thanksgiving Break)


  • December 3-21 NWEA Testing
  • December 21 End of quarter 2
  • December 24-31 No School ( Winter Break)


  • January 1-4 No School (Winter Break)
  • January 7 No School (Professional Development)
  • January 9-10 Parent Teacher Conferences
  • January 21 No School (Martin Luther King Day)
Work hard. Get Smart. Graduate from College.

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Document Archive

Annual Reports

Board Calendars

Board of Directors

School Calendars

Student Applications


School Leaders


Charlotte Jackson

Mrs. Jackson has been education over 20 years. She comes to us from East Chicago Urban Enterprise Academy, where she was the founding Principal and has led the school for the last nine years. She led the growth of the school from grades K-4 to grades K-8, doubling the number of scholars. She achieved consistent improvement in standardized testing over five years with an overall gain of 20%. She introduced a character education program and a positive-based intervention system. Under her leadership her school achieved an “A” ranking due in part to a strong growth model. She began her career teaching in Minneapolis public schools in Minnesota. She has also taught in urban schools in Illinois. As an elementary teacher she has taught grades 1st through 5th grade. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Governors State University.
Director of School Culture

Erika McNeal

Mrs. McNeal is a multifaceted professional who has been apart of the Lighthouse family for over 7 years. She is a valuable asset to the school environment and student culture. She served as School Operations Manager for 4 years at Gary Lighthouse Upper Academy and Primary Academy prior to her position as DSC role. She has created a positive environment for scholars to have a safe open door policy. She holds a Masters of Science and Bachelor of Science in Organization Management; Associates of Science in Human Resource Management ; Associate of Science in Healthcare Administration and lastly she is a certified instructor for Ivy Tech College.


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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Gary Lighthouse Charter School: Upper Academy

1775 West 41st Avenue, Gary, IN 46408, USA

41.5441666 -87.3582993
Tel: 219-880-1762
Fax: 219-884-4858

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