Lodestar K-12 Breakthrough Models

Lodestar, Lighthouse Community Charter School
Primary Contact Name: 
Yanira Canizales
Funding Framework: 
Grant Type: 
Regional Launch
Start Date: 
Fall 2016
Startup Type: 
New School
Lodestar, NGLC in Oakland

School: Lodestar
Grades Served: K-12, starting with K-2 & 6
Location: Oakland, CA
Operator: Lighthouse Community Charter Public School
Operator Type: Charter
Setting: Urban
Students at Start: 240
Students at Capacity: 750

Blended Model Type: Individual Rotation

Key Features: Competency-Based Learning, Project-Based and Experiential Learning, Community Partnerships, Social-Emotional Development

The Operator: Founded in 2002, Lighthouse Community Charter Public Schools operates two high-achieving public charter schools, K–8 and 9-12, collectively serving 750 students in East Oakland. With a vision of transforming its community through powerful, life-changing education, Lighthouse is increasing its impact in East Oakland by opening two new schools—including Lodestar in 2016—serving low-income students and their families. The charter organization’s mission is to prepare students for the college and career of their choice.

The Academic Model: Lodestar is a school built on the principles of agency and belonging in community:

  • Crew: Students start and end each day in “Crew” or advisory. Students build strong and meaningful relationships, set and reflect on their progress towards goals, and engage in social-emotional learning.
  • Literacy and Math Lab: Students develop literacy and math skills and engagement in a personalized manner. This mixed-age structure empowers students to grow at their optimal pace through just-right instruction from teachers.
  • Inquiry Arc: Students do real work to solve real problems during this semester-long learning expedition during which students develop knowledge in social studies or science, and develop their skills in writing as well as design through art or making.

The Organizational Model:

  • The leadership team for Lodestar includes a Head of School, Director of Instruction, an elementary school Dean of Students, and a middle school Dean of Students.
  • Teachers at every grade level at Lodestar specialize in the instruction of reading, math, project-based learning, or design (arts/making).