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.

AR State-Required Information


Quick Facts

Number of Scholars: 381
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



If the Pulaski County Special School District closes 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.

Accreditation Status 2013.14- Accredited

JLCS has a Needs Improvement School Improvement Status.



  • 14th: Family Fun Night
  • 25th: No School: Memorial Day
  • 26th: JLCS Spring Showcase presented by the Music and Dance Department 6pm CPA Multipurpose Room


  • 3rd- Field Day
  • 4th- 6th grade promotion ceremony 9am
  • 5th- Kindergarten Graduation 2pm CPA Multipurpose Room
  • 10th- Last day of school for students
  • 12th- Last day of school for teachers
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.

Documents & Links

Latest Documents

Scholar Family Handbooks

School News

Document Archive

AR State Required Information


Annual Reports


Board Meeting Agendas

Board Meeting Minutes

Board of Directors

Board of Trustees



Employee Contracts


Extra-Curricular Programs

Financial Reports



Other Plans and Policies

Personnel Policies and Evaluation

Press Releases


Scholar Family Handbooks

School Calendars

School Improvement Plans

School News

School Supply List

Student Applications


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.
Assistant Principal

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.
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.
Director of Teacher Leadership Upper Academy/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.

Tonya Bobo

Coordinator of Family and Community Partnerships


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 Jacksonville AR 72076 USA

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

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