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Gary Lighthouse Charter School

Charter | K-12 | 716 students

 

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Posted June 6, 2013

Gary Lighthouse College Prep, Graduating 100% of the senior class with 100% accepted to colleges is fantastic. Principal Hart and her staff deserve the lion's share of the credit. This is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2010

I agree this school has the same challenges as any other school but I think that they meet them much better than the 'public' schools. I like that the teachers are young and not jaded and worn down and can relate to things in this century.It is up the parents to teach their children respect and that is a parenting skill that seems lacking in this area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2009

Gary Lighthouse Charter school is no different than other schools in Gary. Its test scores are similar to Gary schools. Many of the students come from homes where their basic needs are not met. Schools can only do such much for any child. It always comes back to the parents. I think many of the parents see the school as a babysitting service because of the extended hours they have.


Posted August 12, 2008

Unfortunately, I can't blame the school for its downfalls and problems. As a future teacher I know it is going to be my responsibility to teach children. But, I hope the parents understand it my job to teach their children and not raise their children. If parents today would take a much more active role in their childrens educational journey I think that no matter what school they go to they would be extremely successful.However, Gary Light house Charter School isn't the greatest school because it is way too small to handle the size of children that attend their so parents lets come to gether and demand excellence for the school,Teachers, and our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2008

This school has been a disappointment to me and my children since it opened. The children are not improving, hence the letter I just got in the mail re: inprovement standards (failures). Lighthouse Charter is basically, the same as other 'Public Schools'. You get fooled by the outwardly appearance....but the true work that's NOT being done there is evident in: reputation, discipline problems, student attitudes toward many of the young teachers, the lack of academic improvements, and the many complaints from other parents (including my family)... about the lack of educational opportunities for students who are able to be challenged beyond the 'regular' scheduled coursework. We are looking for a better school for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2007

I am not very pleased with this school. There is no respect in the classrooms only in the lowest grade levels I seen respect. The principal of this school always has the meanest look on her face and the worst attitude towards my children. All of my children are on honor roll but I also feel that they are not being challenged enough. These teachers are learning to teach these kids on a day to day basis. They just got out of school too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2007

I wasn't impressed with the Gary Lighouse School. The first year it was opened, I felt like my daughther was being taught. The second year they changed principals and everything went down hill. The teacher was very young, and sometimes got down on the students level. There didn't seem to be alot of control in the class room, and the students didn't seem to respect the teacher. My daughter received very good grades, but I didn't think she was being challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2007

Since Gary Lighthouse been open I help me a lot for my children. My kids have been on the honor roll and know complants.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2007

this is a great alternative for students in the gary public schools. the teachers are all extremely intelligent and care about their students academic and social progress.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 13, 2006

I think the Gary Lighthouse charter school is a great school to have your child enrolled in. The teachers really care about the children and try to make sure that every child 'gets it'. My son is not the fastest learner, but his teacher took time out of her schedule to tutor him after school to make sure that he would continue to the next grade.This was the schools first year and I think that the staff did a wonderful job. The school encourages parental envolvement by having activities such as movie night, fun night, and at the end of the year they hosted a gala at the Genesis Center. At this time they do not have a lot of extracurricular activities, but I'm sure its coming soon. They do however, have art classes and music classes twice a week.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 85% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 84% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
54%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
70%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 74% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
14%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
12%

2010

 
 
9%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 74% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
67%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 69% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
19%

2010

 
 
16%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 76% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
37%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
38%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
5%

2011

 
 
14%

2010

 
 
15%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 48% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
5%

2011

 
 
8%

2010

 
 
n/a
English

The state average for English was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "F".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "F".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".

About the tests


Indiana uses the A through F School Grading System to assess the overall performance of a school. For the 2011-2012 school year, schools were graded based on performance and participation levels in state standardized tests and student growth using the Indiana Growth Model. In addition, high schools were graded on four-year (on-time) graduation rates and college and career readiness indicators including Advanced Placment exam results and industry certification exam results.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
 

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 98% 12%
Hispanic 1% 10%
Multiracial 1% 4%
American Indian 0% 0%
Asian 0% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 0% 72%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 84%N/A46%
Special education 6%N/A14%
English learners 0%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Ms Christina Hart
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  • (219) 884-4858

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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3201 Pierce Street
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