Metropolitan 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: 520
Grades: K-8
Date Opened:
Principal: Kurt Davidson


  • Responsive Classroom Approach to Social Development
  • Summer SHINE program
  • Physical Education and Arts Education classes
  • English as a Second Language Program
  • Technology Integration in all Classrooms

Annual Events

  • Honor Roll Breakfast Celebration
  • Family Fun Day
  • Scholastic Book Fairs
  • School-Wide Spelling Bee
  • School-Wide Science Fair

Extracurricular Activities

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Softball


  • SONYC Woodycrest
  • Donors Choose
  • New York Charter School Association
  • New Victory Theater
  • Teach For America
  • PwC
  • NY Cares
  • Smile New York Outreach
  • Summer on the Hill
  • Scholastic




  • January 1st- Winter Break (No School)
  • January 17th- Coffee and Conversations with the MET Principals
  • January 21st- Martin Luther King Jr. Day( No School)
  • January 22nd-January 25th: Met CPA Winter Regents
  • January 25th- End of Marking Period 2


  • February 6th- Parent Teacher Conference #2
  • February 18th-February 19th-Mid-Winter Break
Whatever It Takes to Empower Hearts and Minds

Documents & Links

Latest Documents

School Calendars

Document Archive

Annual Reports

Board Calendars

Board Meeting Agendas

Board Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees



Parent Resources Grade 1

Parent Resources Grade 2

Parent Resources Grade 3

Parent Resources Grade 4

Parent Resources Grade 5

Parent Resources Grade 6

Parent Resources Kindergarten

Scholar Family Handbooks

School Calendars

School News

School Supply List

Student Applications


Uniform Information

School Leaders

Principal K-8

Kurt Davidson

Mr. Davidson is the principal at MetLCS, serving at Met since 2014. He began his career as a Teach for America special education teacher at The Arts and Technology Academy (ATA) Public Charter School in Washington, DC. In that time, he also served as a Seminar Instructor for TNTP, providing coaching and instruction for first year teachers working to gain certification. Mr. Davidson served as a Resident Principal at Pinewood Elementary in Charlotte, NC. Mr. Davidson has a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters of Special Education degree from George Mason University.
Operations Manager

Melissa Alston

Ms. Melissa Alston is the Founding Manager, Operations at MetLCS. Ms. Alston has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology and a Masters of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She began her career in Assets Protection at Target Corp, where she held several security management positions. She then went on to hold other positions at Target Corp. including merchandising and full store management. Her experience and success in leading teams led her to rapid promotion in the company, and while she loved her job, she knew she wanted more out of her career both personally and professionally. Ms. Alston, a native of the Bronx, joined the MetLCS team in order to impact the lives of scholars and ensure that each every one of them has the skills and knowledge to get to and through college. Ms. Alston is passionate about operational excellence, adult development, safety and removing obstacles to ensure scholars at MetLCS receive the best educational possible. Ms. Alston's and her team are ready to help you with any questions or issues you may have in regards to scholar transportation, the lottery, enrollment and scholar files.

Adonai John-Shiman

Assistant Principal K-8


Become a Lighthouse Academy Student

Discover, achieve and prepare for success in college and beyond. We will prepare your scholar academically, socially and culturally to succeed in and graduate from college.  We will develop your scholar’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 scholars with a high quality education.


Join Our Team

Are you fearless, driven and forward-thinking? We need people who want to teach, lead and transform the lives of our scholars. We need people who share our passion for creativity and innovation. We are committed to developing the capacity of our staff with 15 professional days each year, individual coaching and collaboration. Join us in transforming children’s futures.

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Metropolitan Lighthouse Charter School

180 West 165th Street, Bronx, NY 10452, USA

40.8342667 -73.9301758
Tel: 718-893-0640
Fax: 718-893-0675

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