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Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter School

Charter | K-12 | 663 students

We prepare our students for college through a rigorous arts-infused program.

 
 

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2011:
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Posted October 29, 2013

TERRIBLE SCHOOL!!!! I have been to many public schools and had to change this year...thinking that because it was a charter school it would be decent, well....the answer came quickly. They lost my 4th grade daughter 3 times and didn't know where she was and the bullying there doesn't get dealt with at all! Her grades are slipping and she tells me that the teacher tells her to sit back down when she doesn't understand something. There is no real help there if the students need it. The nurse gave my daughter medicine w/o asking me or letting know she did and sent her back to class also she threw up one day at school and they did nothing about it nor did they tell me! Terrible school and I hope it gets shut down!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2011

I would recommend this school to anyone I know. The teachers and principals are very much involved in the future of these children. They offer a lot of extracurricular activities that keeps the children even more involved. I walked down to hallway to my daughter's class and on the lockers were notes on almost every locker that said I will graduate from college. I am so happy that I chose this school to help guide my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2011

My children attended this school for three years and every year the schools staff claimed that things would be different . The school is not getting any better, there is a lot of bullying, back talk, and out right disregard for the rules by a lot of the children. The rules are different for different children,not inforced. As far as the adminastration and staff goes I feel a lot of them are only there for a pay check. I would not recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2011

I think ILCS is one of the best schools ever! I really love the over academic curricular and the school made AYP. The high school is in a class of it's own. The small classroom settings, the laptops given to the students, and even the dual enrollment with Indiana University. I am so glad I chose ILCS for my children. The only lacking factor is the parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2011

This school is awesome. ILCS has a no bully policy and I think they stick to it. My children like their teachers and they are also learning beyond their grade level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

This School is nothing. They promised my daughter alot of stuff but never happen. and they said that they will get her a bus by now and it is the end of the school year.I am the one who has to drive her to school everyday when they had promised her a bus and we live far away so it is alot tigher on me. i would have never allowed this to happen if they could not have picked her up i understand they coukd have told me and she would not being to this school in the first place. but now i know she will not be coming back here at all.!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2010

this school has alot of problems! kids are bulling , back talking , etc . no one is doing anything about it .it is a mess picking up , or droping off . you almost get hit eather way . the teacher's do not care what goes on as long as they get paid . the principle will not do anything ! you would think this is vages. you no what happtions there stay's there ! this is my daughters last year .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2010

My child has been at this school for 2 years. To be very truthful I love her teacher she does ger job. I am really tired of the kids getting bullied. Really what does a parent have to do to get through to a school. The principal is always to bust to help the parents. This will be my daughters last year here. I cant believe some of the stuff these poor kids have to go through. they say 0% tolerance that is not true either. My child has been bullied for the past 4 months and the school has not done anything about it. I would not tell anyone to bring their child to that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2010

This is one of the worse schools that my child has ever been too. I have not yet seen anything in the school that I'm pleased with. My childs teacher does not have control over the class, and the students talk back, and they try to pick on my child and the school does nothing. I have never met the principle and I had to figure out who she was by myself. She and from what I have seen she does not do a good job, because I have called her about several different incidents about things going on in that school, and I have not ever recived a call from that principle. I think that IPS is a much better school system than this school. Charter schools really need to be checked out before you send your children to them, its not everything its cracked up to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2009

My child has been bullied by other children at this school and the school has done nothing about it. They are faililng according to the state. Test scores are low and the school hasn't done anything to 'fix' them. Our child failed 1 area of the istep, and when we asked his teacher why he failed and what we could do to help him, we were basically blown off. My son hasn't gone on any field trips this year, and the schools idea of learning about local culture is to let the kids listen to rap music and teach them how to do the dances that go along with the song (last year it was the superman, this year it was the stankyleg). Needless to say, this is the last year he'll be at the school... But i really feel like the school failed our son. Ips would be better!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2008

i'm a student here and right now the school seems like its very unorganized and i understand that its a pretty new school and everything but by the third year of it being opened i would've expected that it would have had everything done.Another thing is that it doesnt even have a library and were supposed to have ready by the beginning of this year that just passed but the room its supposed to be in is just filled with junk and some books
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 5, 2007

I have three children attending ILCS this year and so far, I am not impressed at all. This is their first year at ILCS. My [middle child's] home room teacher has changed 3 times already this year. I have yet to see a progress report. Wednesdays Parent teacher conferences will be a revelation for me on where they stand in their academics. My 8 year old is the only one who seems to have a teacher that follows all of the policies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2007

The principles the school is based on are exceptional, however, the implementation of them are horrible. Over the past two school years I have seen a drop in the quality of educators working at the school. At first, there were many quality educators with years of experience. Now there are few teachers that have more than three full years of experience. This directly affects the quality of instruction the students receive as well as the teachers ability to handle discipline. Teaching in an urban environment is a challenging task, but to do it as a new teacher and without the necessary support of veteran teachers is even harder. If you want your child to attend this school be prepared to visit them and keep up on the teachers to make sure they are doing an adequate job of educating your child.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 16, 2007

This is the second year that my daughter will attend ILCS. My daughter was in pre-k last year and she can read at a first grade level. She also is excited about returning. The school is still new and as with all new schools, it will take time to get things following smoothly. I also enjoy the smaller classroom sizes, it helps the children get more of the one on one attention. My child attended art and gym once a week, which is normal for children. As for the music class, every morning there is music playing with a composer theme. As a parent I attended meetings as well as dropped and picked my child up everyday. It is up to the parent to step up. The school is a work in progress, but my family is willing to hang in there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2007

This is my daughter's second school year attending this school, was part of the inaugural class. Initially we had some concerns over deficiencies (the school had no playground, no library, very poor communication with parents) but the school was new so we were willing to wait and do all that we could to see it improve. We felt that the goals stated for this school were exceptional (focus on the arts, fluent reading by the first grade). In her second year at this school we have seen a marked decline. The school marginalizes a large portion of the parent community from having any effective input, have stated that they have no plans to introduce a library, have had at least 3 different discipline policies this school year alone. If surrounding schools were not stating they are already full of transfers from Lighthouse, my daughter would not be there today.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2007

Safety and Administrative are the two biggest concerns at this time within ILCS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2006

There are serious discipline issues in the school. The discipline issues make unsafe for both students and staff. I have also attempted speaking with officials at this facility to no avail. The administration does not back up the teachers or parents. It is difficult to get our children's test scores/report cards. There is very little in the way of arts taught. The administration does not adequately inform parents when after school activities are canceled. The teacher turn over is massive. Some classes have had more than 5 teachers this school year alone. I am removing my child from this school, and I have to say it has nothing to do with my child's teacher. She has been excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2006

Discipline/safety policies not executed. The teachers try, but have their hands tied by an administration. We've struggled with this school to challenge our child and haven't received any help from either principal(s) or the 'education coordinator', even after numerous meetings with all of them. The 'arts infusion' consists of an art class once per week that took a full year to implement and and dance team that performs at a few times a year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2006

I have been very pleased with the Charter School. The staff, is excellent. My children have been very happy as well. This is the first year open and we will be back in the fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
50%
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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
59%
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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
77%
Social Studies

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

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
43%
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

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
34%
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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
55%
Social Studies

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

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
53%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
63%
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

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
52%
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

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
14%

2010

 
 
n/a
English

The state average for English was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
54%

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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 61% 12%
White 24% 72%
Hispanic 9% 10%
Multiracial 5% 4%
American Indian 0% 0%
Asian 0% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 91%N/A46%
Special education 13%N/A14%
English learners 1%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • "A" School (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drum line

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 4:00 p.m.
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ms Amanda Koth
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (317) 351-1804

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Internships
  • Multi-aged
  • Standards-based
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Parent center
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Community service
  • Dance club
  • Drum line
  • Girl scouts
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School colors
  • Blue and Yellow
School mascot
  • Bulldogs
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College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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1780 Sloan Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46203
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Phone: (317) 351-1534

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