Phase 1 was completed in August 2018 and included the site acquisition and the adaptive rehabilitation of two buildings totaling 35,000 square feet, to create approximately thirteen traditional classrooms, eight breakout rooms, two self-directed learning spaces, plus studio space for special programming. Phase 1 created approximately 575 seats serving grades K-8. The program also includes conference rooms, a multi-purpose/lunch room, teacher’s lounge, teacher workspaces, a nurse’s office, and administrative space. The interior of the buildings was remodeled from dormitory space and university-level classrooms to better suit the educational needs of elementary and middle school students.
Founded in 2002 by a small, committed group of teachers and parents, Lighthouse Community Public Schools operates a high-achieving K-12 public charter school, serving 750 students in East Oakland. This first operation is comprised of two contiguous schools, one serving grades K – 8 and the other serving grades 9 – 12. Lighthouse’s sister school, Lodestar, opened in Fall 2016 with plans to grow into a second K – 12 school. Lighthouse is a beacon for public education and its graduates fulfill the promise of a better, brighter Oakland. Ninety-five percent of its graduates, almost all of whom are first-generation college students, are accepted into four-year colleges. Lighthouse was named the 2013 Hart Vision Charter School by the California Charter School Association. Among the Bay Area’s 1,200 schools in 2016, Lighthouse was ranked as the #1 high school for closing the achievement gap for low-income Latino students by Innovate Public Schools.
Lodestar opened in August 2016 serving grades K, 1, 2, and 6. In each subsequent year, the school will be enrolling new cohorts of students in Kinder and 6th, and continue with that growth pattern until the school is fully grown.