Why Lighthouse Academy

The Lighthouse Second Chance

Lighthouse Academy School is a unique learning option for students who have been expelled, or who are at risk of dropping out of school, yet, want their education. The astounding success of Lighthouse Academy is attributed to

  • providing a holistic approach in educating all of its students;
  • concrete procedures to ensure Lighthouse Academy is the best school for a student; and
  • continual feedback and follow through by an exemplary staff committed to the achievement and success of all students.

Student Enrollment Qualifications

Lighthouse Academy academic programs serve students who may otherwise not have a chance to graduate high school. Programs are designed to support students who are or have been:

  1. Expelled from school
  2. Long-term Suspended
  3. Court Referred
  4. IEP Placed
  5. Unaccompanied minor refugees
  6. Young Adults (up to age 22)

A New Paradigm of Learning

  • Solution-based thinking
  • Positive interventions as well as restorative practices
  • Meets MMC requirements for graduation
  • Accomplishments are celebrated and rewarded
  • Daily academic support sessions
  • A holistic, individualized approach to goal-setting with each student
  • Academic and personal guidance from a support team
  • Smaller class sizes
  • Student-tailored curriculum
  • Blended learning options
  • Up-to-date technology
  • Experiential learning opportunities
  • Work-based learning
  • Individualized learning plans


What is a Holistic Approach?

Holistic education is a philosophy of education based on the premise that each person finds identity, meaning, and purpose in life through connections to the community, to the natural world, and to humanitarian values such as compassion and peace. A holistic education allows us to tune in each student's unique needs and skills, and will better prepare the student to become a well-rounded adult. 

The High School Experience

  • Graduation ceremony
  • KCTC (Kent Careerline Tech Center) class options
  • College visits & application assistance
  • Sports
    • Basketball
    • Soccer
    • Softball 
    • Bowling
  • Work-based learning/internship opportunities

Lessons Learned

"But there is another lesson that this school has taught us that we can now carry with us for the rest of our lives...that we never read in any textbook. No matter the circumstances, no matter the past, present, or maybe not-so-promising future that an individual may have had, you can put a group of individuals together who have given up and from that create an even stronger group of individuals that one could only dream of being a part of that will now succeed and progress further than anyone would have ever dreamed. And I, as well as the rest of my fellow graduates, have been honored and blessed with being a part of. Thank you. I love you all."

January 2015 Lighthouse Academy Graduate and Valedictorian