Pharos Academy Charter School

Grades: K-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Good job preparing kids for college

The Downside

Suspension rate is high

Bronx Lighthouse Charter School (BLCS) offers a longer school day and 10 extra days of instruction per year. Teachers infuse art activities into all academic classes. Class size is small, averaging about 22 students, according to the school’s annual report. 

Data over several years shows that although children perform below grade level in the younger grades, many catch up in high school and go on to college and stay in college.  Special events include a science fair, musical performances and a 5th grade camping trip, in addition to music, art and technology classes. 

The suspension rate is high but the annual report says Bronx Lighthouse “believes in the use of a restorative approach to school culture and discipline.” Restorative practices focus on using alternatives to suspension, such as talking out problems. School surveys show children feel safe in school and teachers overwhelmingly recommend the school to other families. 

Founded in 2004, BLCS is the flagship school in a network of more than a dozen Lighthouse Academies in Arkansas, Indiana and New York. The schools are divided into small three small academies: Lower Academy (grades K – 4), Upper Academy (grades 5-8) and College Prep Academy (grades 9 – 12).

Admissions: By lottery.There are some seats for 9th graders. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, January 2019)

School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey


Number of students
848 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Teacher turnover rate
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


1001 Intervale Avenue
Bronx NY 10459

Trains: 2 Line, 5 Line to Intervale Ave; 6 Line to Hunts Point Ave

Buses: Bx4, Bx4A, Bx5, Bx6, Bx19


Principal: Travis Brown


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No


  • Is this your school? Please post any news, updates, events, changes, or other information!
  • We welcome questions, open discussions, and disagreements but comments with personal attacks, rude language, or those with seemingly malicious intent will be deleted.
  • Very long comments, those that contain links, or repeat comments may be blocked by our spam filter.
  • Problems? email us at [email protected].
  • Users must comply with our Terms of Use.