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About Us

Welcome to Gary Lighthouse Charter School-Primary Academy!

Gary Lighthouse Charter School-Primary Academy is a tuition-free, public charter school that has served the Gary community since 2005. In 2013, we combined our three K–12 campuses (West Gary Lighthouse, Gary Lighthouse, and East Chicago Lighthouse). Our Primary Academy serves over 300 learners grades K-3.

Our campus receives public funding from federal and state resources. Managed by Lighthouse Academies, we operate under our charter as authorized by the Indiana Charter School Board. This funding fuels our ability to continue offering vital programs that support our literacy-driven curriculum and propel our scholars to meet our expectations that:

  • All of our Lighthouse scholars to graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to be college and career ready;
  • Our students to leave us prepared to take on any endeavor they choose and become productive citizens in society;
  • Our scholars to come to school ready to learn with completed homework; and
  • Our scholars to treat everyone with kindness and to appropriately communicate their feelings to resolve conflicts peacefully.

Like all Lighthouse Academies, we share a vision for success that reinforces our belief that the 4Cs -curiosity, critical thinking, collaborative problem solving, and creativity-offer a comprehensive approach to learning. Driven by our focus on literacy as the foundation for successful we promise to prioritize clear literacy instruction starting in kindergarten so that by third grade all scholars have both the strong literacy foundation and social-emotional skills to successfully transition to reading to learn. For scholars entering LHA after kindergarten, we guarantee they will meet or exceed grade-level expectations within three years.

How Your Scholar Benefits of Attending GLCS Primary Academy

At the Primary Academy, our young learners enjoy the following benefits:

  • Small class sizes
  • Rigorous ELA and math curricula
  • One-to-one iPads (grades K–2)
  • Technology, art, and physical education
  • Opportunities for group work, field trips, and special programs

Our Misison

We provide all Lighthouse scholars are provided a rigorous learning environment that promotes engagement, creativity, and critical thinking. We challenge our students from bell-to-bell to give 100% participation and effort to ensure they will achieve their maximum potential.

Our Culture

A Culture of Positive Expectations

We pride ourselves on building healthy, strong relationships with each scholar as well as collaborating with families and community organizations to establish positive and productive partnerships through which our scholars reap benefits well beyond high school.

GLCS-Primary Academy’s culture is rooted in fostering:

National Leadership

Our leaders are dedicated to ensuring that each and every scholar has a chance to succeed-on our campus and beyond. We encourage you to meet our leaders and become familiar with the staff who guide scholars to college and beyond.

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Community Partners

We’re shining a light on organizations whose support has been vital in mission to prepare our scholars for an ever-changing world.

We’re proud to acknowledge the following organizations who have contributed to the success of our scholars and our Academy.

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