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.

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Quick Facts

Number of Scholars: 387
Grades: K-6
Date Opened:
Principal: Norman Whitfield


  • Work Hard, Get Smart ELO Program
  • JLCS SuperDads
  • 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
  • Gifted and Talented Program


  • Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce
  • Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club
  • Chi Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Jacksonville Military Museum
  • Division of Children and Family Services/FASD Program
  • Kuttn Up


 Accreditation Status 2014.15- Accredited

JLCS has a Needs Improvement School Improvement Status.

Long sleeve light blue and long sleeve white are on clearance for $6.00. The sizes are in light blue: youth extra large and adult extra large, in white: youth extra small, youth small, youth medium, youth large, youth extra large and adult extra large.

Also on clearance for $6.00 are I Am Lighthouse shirts in sizes youth small, youth medium, youth large and adult small.

Picture money due October 6th.


 September and October

  • September 4- Picture Day must wear uniform
  •  September 7 -No School - Labor Day
  • September 8-  Board of Directors Meeting @12:30pm  Location: JLCS Library
  • September 23- Early Dismissal at noon- Teacher PD
  • September 24- ESL/GT Title 1 info night
  • October 12- No school- Colombus Day
  • October 16- First quarter ends
  • October 23- Report cards/Parent teacher conferences
JLCS Dancin' Wolves participated in the MLK Day of Service at the Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club
JLCS Dancin' Wolves participated in the MLK Day of Service at the Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club.

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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 Lower Academy

Terriena Pegram

Mrs. Pegram is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas where she earned her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been a part of the Lighthouse family since 2010. During this time, she served as a first and second grade teacher and also the Teacher Leader Fellow. Mrs. Pegram was presented the Transformer award in 2013 for receiving 100% growth in math by Lighthouse Academies CEO, Mike Ronan and Senior Vice President, Dr. Phillis N. Anderson. Mrs. Pegram also received the NWEA Growth award from the Arkansas Public School Resource Center (APSRC) for her scholars demonstrating academic growth and 100% of scholars meeting or exceeding individual growth targets in 2012-2013.
GT and ESL Coordinator

Renea Smith

Ms. Renea Smith has 4 years of experience in education, including grades 7-12. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Biology from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She also completed her Masters of Education in Secondary Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, GT endorsement from Harding University and ESL endorsement from Henderson State University.


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 1st Street, Jacksonville, AR 72076, USA

34.8687782 -92.1079559
Tel: 501-985-1200
Fax: 501-985-1201

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