Partner School Profile

Lighthouse Community Charter School

Lighthouse is a K-8 charter school located in Oakland, CA. Founded by a small, committed group of teachers and parents, Lighthouse opened its doors in 2002. Lighthouse began partnering with Reach in the 2007-2008 school year and currently has participating educators in every Reach program.

The mission of the Lighthouse Community Charter School is to prepare a diverse, K-12th grade student population for college and the career of their choice by equipping each child with the skills, knowledge, and tools to become a self-motivated, competent, lifelong learner.

In order to achieve their mission, Lighthouse Community Charter School has committed to five priorities in its school design: High Expectations for All Students, A Rigorous Curriculum, Serving the Whole Child, Family Involvement, Professional Learning Community.

Through our work with novice teachers, teacher leaders, emerging instructional leaders, and the schools principals at Lighthouse, Reach has been a key partner in achieving this mission, contributing significantly to the growth in student achievement, teacher retention, and instructional effectiveness.

    Key Statistics:

  • Academic Performance Index: The API in 2012 was 804. The year prior to partnering with Reach, API was 683.
  • Students:
    • Ethnicity -78% Latino, 12% African American, 10% Other.
    • Language – 51% English Learners
    • Socio-Economic – 89% eligible for free and reduced lunch.
  • Participants In Reach Since Inception:
    • Intern Teachers: 8
    • Emerging Teachers: 16
    • Emerging Instructional Leaders: 7
    • Principals and Instructional Leaders: 6

REACH provides highly personalized and targeted supports for our teachers – whether they are just entering the profession, developing their practice, or moving into teacher leadership. Their coaches are hands on and active members in our school, driving us toward improved teaching and learning. They are true partners in the work of developing a cadre of teaching professionals ready to lead education in our schools and with students who need high-quality the most.

–Melissa Barnes Dholakia, Principal