Lighting the Way for Excellence in Education!

Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation is the largest charter school operator in Maryland currently serving over 3900 students on seven different campuses.

Our Vision

Inspire students to become STEM innovators and responsible global citizens

Our Mission

In partnership with families and the educational community, CLF provides an innovative, diverse, and safe learning environment that fosters the growth of academic, social, and emotional skills. The rigorous STEM curriculum prepares students to become college and career ready in an ever-changing global society.

How We Do It

With students at the center of everything we do, we strive to make our schools the best, we forge partnerships with parents and the community to provide our students with enrichment and additional STEM opportunities, and we hire the best people to support our schools!

Clubs & Enrichment

  • Recognition/top honors in local & State competitions.
  • Excel in after school clubs.
  • Renown for our Saturday Academy program.


  • Best Schools Ranking
  • Six schools in MD, grades K-12.
  • STEM focused academically rich curriculum

Opportunities Abound

  • You want CLF and we want you.
  • We offer career opportunities.
  • We offer growth opportunities.

Meet Our Students

Awards / Recognitions

Our Schools Are The Best

Meet Our CEO

Yilmaz Ak
Chief Executive Officer

Profiles of Success ft. CLF CEO, Yilmaz Ak : Never Stop Learning

Meet Our Board

Meet Our Board President Emeritus

CLF’s Founder Spear Lancaster: Why We Do, What We Do

CLF Office Directory

General Information


STEM Coordinator

Parent Liaison

CLF Public Calendar

Contact Us

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