About This School
Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See Gary Lighthouse Charter School's test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2011, Gary Lighthouse Charter School had 21 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Indiana average is 18 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Gary Lighthouse Charter School Reviews
To play devil's advocate to the review above, what do you think is going to happen to your son in high school? He is going to be mixed with kids of all ages...so really, mixing 6th and 7th graders isn't such a bad thing. They mixed the kids after placement testing to teach groups of children to their specific levels, instead of having high, medium, and low kids all mixed up in one classroom. That way they can target specific needs and hone in on skill sets that are lacking. The students were NEVER told whether they were in a high, medium, or low homeroom...so how do you call that experience humiliating? Is it because you child was in 7th grade and there were younger kids in his class? How about being happy that your child attends a school where they don't just cater to the medium and low kids, but care enough to push the high performing kids as well? There was a memo that went home to parents about this change and there was an automated text message when they changed back...as well as another letter, new schedules, and a parent meeting. Perhaps your child didn't give you the letter...so maybe some blame should be on him? Did you attend the parent meeting?
As far as a teacher's hair goes, are you implying that if a teacher has an edgy or modern hairstyle that they are incapable of properly teaching a child and getting them to grow and pass the ISTEP? Are you saying that if they have more than ONE ear piercing they shouldn't be teachers? I am a teacher and have THREE holes in EACH ear...and they are all filled with diamonds, just shy of 2 carats to be exact...totaling almost $4000. I received each set of diamonds for a milestone in my life (high school graduation, 21st birthday, 18th birthday) and I wear them with pride...my students also make significant gains in my classroom each year.
It's a shame that your child had to sit in the office for an entire day after being in an altercation with another student...and if his lip was bleeding for 8 hours it's even more unfortunate because he probably needed stitches or at least to be seen by a doctor...but are taking any ownership for your son fighting at school? Children who tend to mind their p's and q's don't get into fights...so something had to be going on there...and you didn't mention bullying in your rant, so that obviously wasn't the cause of your sons brawl.
Lighthouse isn't for everyone...that is true. They have high expectations for their scholars. Their teachers, however horrible their hair choices may be, work tirelessly to provide a top notch education for children. Perhaps those teachers could have made more of an effort to call you, but did you have their numbers and call them to check on your son? Everything you complained about was trivial in the big picture.
I have never in all my parenting years experienced such unprofessional admin and staff. My son was constantly suspended and I was never informed by staff or admin. I beg them to keep in contact with me, being that we are new to the area and school. My son has never had any problems similar to the problems he is having now. During parent teacher conference I noticed one teacher with 2 pierced ears (earrings in them) and one teacher with a punk rock hair style!! Really? Teachers are screaming and yelling how they need more parents to be involved. This is opposite; the teachers do not involve the parents. My son was suspended for fighting while changing classes. He sat in the school with a bloody lip and knots on his head for hours. No one notified me until the end of the school day. My observation, they knew I wanted answer, and they were not willing to provide me with any. Also, humiliating enough the students was moved around after placement testing; my son noticed he was in a class with 6-7 graders. I never received any letter or phone call stating why or the procedures moving forward. you"re looking for a school that does not involve parents, this school is perfect.