Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School

At Lighthouse Academies, we prepare our scholars through rigorous programs that provide them with a foundation that will allow them to succeed in and graduate from college. Our unique arts-infused curriculum, emphasis on social development and integration of diverse cultural opportunities augments learning and broadens horizons.


Quick Facts

Number of Scholars: 351
Grades: K-6
Date Opened:
Principal: Norman Whitfield


  • Work Hard, Get Smart ELO Program
  • Watch Dogs Dads
  • Math and Literacy Nights
  • STEM-Robotics
  • Buddy Reading Program
  • International Pen Pal Program
  • Vocal and Instrumental Music


Annual Events

  • Arts Exhibit
  • Showcase of Talent
  • Science Fair
  • Spring Carnival

Extracurricular Activities

  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • Yearbook
  • Newspaper
  • Student Council
  • Boys and Girls Basketball
  • Boys and Girls Track
  • Cheerleading/Dance Teams


  • Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce
  • Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club


Thursday, March 21st is Literacy Night 6:00-7:30

A fun-filled night for the entire family!  We will have special guest such as the zoo, Home Depot, a local magician, Toltec Mounds, Nixon Library, and Game and Fish!  We will also be host the 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off!  So, please come and join us for a fun and free night to celebrate literacy!



If the Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD) close due to bad weather, then our school will also close. In the event that weather conditions become hazardous during the school day, our school will follow the early dismissal policies and notification process of the PCSSD Public Schools unless we advise you to the contrary. Please watch your local news for all school closings.



17: No School - Presidents' Day


24-28: No School - Spring Break

JLCS stuff the sleigh
Under the direction of Ms. Bowden, JLCS participated in the “Stuff the Sleigh Drive” brought to you by Today’s THV.

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Extra-Curricular Programs

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Scholar Family Handbooks

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Student Applications

Student Family Handbooks


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School Leaders

Lead Principal

Norman Whitfield

Mr. Whitfield is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with an honors degree in both Philosophy and Anthropology. As a Director of Instruction, he has almost a decade of experience in education. He is a former Teach for America Corp member who taught in the Mississippi Delta. He also served as a Teach for America Program Director where his duties included coaching, developing and mentoring new teachers.
Director of Teacher Leadership

Amber Bailey

Mrs. Bailey has 12 years of experience in education, including 1st, 5th, 6th and 7th grades. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Southern Arkansas University. She also completed her Masters of Education in Educational Administration at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.


Become a Lighthouse Academy Student

Discover, achieve and prepare for success in college and beyond. We will prepare your student academically, socially and culturally to succeed in and graduate from college.  We will develop your student’s critical decision-making skills to prepare him/her for success in life.  Lighthouse Academies offers small schools, small class sizes, longer school year, and longer school day so we can provide students with a high quality education. Don’t wait – apply now to transform your child’s future!

Join Our Team

Are you fearless, driven and forward-thinking? We need people who want to teach, lead and transform the lives of our students. We need people who share our passion for creativity and innovation. We are committed to developing the capacity of our staff with 20 professional days each year, individual coaching and collaboration. Join us in transforming children’s futures.

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Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School

251 North First Street USA

Tel: 501-985-1200
Fax: 501-985-1201

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