About Us

Welcome to East Chicago Lighthouse Charter School!

East Chicago Lighthouse Charter School is a tuition-free public charter school serving scholars in grades K-8. Our team of dedicated professionals, work with scholars, parents, and community partners each day to make quality education accessible.

Authorized and approved by the Ball State University. Our campus receives public funding from federal and state resources. This funding fuels our ability to continue offering vital programs that support our literacy-driven curriculum.

At ECLCS, we believe in the power of literacy to create the building blocks of academic success. 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 East Chicago, we meet all students where they are in their learning journey and ensure that each child meets or exceeds grade-level expectations within three years.

Our Mission

The mission of Northwest Indiana Lighthouse Charter Schools is to promote educational equity by preparing our scholars for college, career and life in a rigorous and nurturing environment. 

Our Vision

Northwest Indiana Lighthouse Charter Schools  will be known for fostering  curiosity and participation in the community and providing a foundation to address complex real-world issues through collaboration, and innovative student-driven solutions. Northwest Indiana Lighthouse Charter Schools will be focused on the personal, academic, and professional growth of its scholars. Successful pursuit of desired college, career and life goals will be a result of the educational experiences at Northwest Indiana Lighthouse Charter Schools.

Our Culture

A Culture of Positive Expectations

At East Chicago, we have cultivated a family-oriented educational setting. We actively encourage student-teacher engagement to build strong, respectful, and lasting relationships between them and serve our community to provide our students with an education aimed at developing the whole child academically, physically, and emotionally.

East Chicago’s unique culture includes: