Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School College Preparatory Academy

At Lighthouse College Preparatory Academies (CPA), we make an extraordinary promise: if a scholar graduates from our College Prep Academy, he/she will be admitted to a four year college or university.  We keep that promise, through rigorous standards and an arts-infused curriculum that prepares students academically, socially and culturally for success in college – and beyond.  We are fully accredited with the Arkansas Department of Education.

AR State-Required Information

Board Annual Report


CPA Cheer Team at the Father Initiative at Capital

CPA Cheer Team at the Father Initiative at Capital





Quick Facts

Number of Scholars: 275
Grades: 9-11
Date Opened:
Principal: William Felton


Annual Events

  • Arts Exhibit
  • Talent Showcase
  • 4 Annual Dances
  • Father/Daughter Event
  • Mother/Son Event
  • Exhibitions
  • College Trips
  • Senior European Trips
  • Community Service Projects
  • Homecoming

Extracurricular Activities

  • Girls and Boys Basketball
  • Track
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Golf
  • Cheer
  • Dance
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Student Council
  • Trap Shooting
  • Mock Trial
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Environmental Club
  • Chinese Club
  • SuperPAC
  • Film Studies
  • Theater
  • Best Robotics and First Robotics
  • Stock Market Game


  • Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Teach for America
  • Sam's of Sherwood
  • ITT College
  • University of Arkansas - Diversity Affairs Outreach
  • Kroger


School Closing

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.

November 24th - Parent Smart Core Night @ CPA beginning at 5:30 pm.  Parents are invited to come and get all the latest information on what your scholars needs to graduate.

Please make sure to get your scholars report card and set up an appointment with the teacher to discuss the progress and goals.  You can meet face to face or phone call.  We will even come meet you at your home if you would prefer.  It is imperative that you play an active role in your scholars growth and learning.

Accreditation Status 2013-2014- Accredited

10-24-14 Newsletter

Basketball Schedule 2014-2015

 Smart Core





  • 12-Board Meeting @ 12:30pm
  • 22 - All-Region Choir and Concert 4pm
  • 24 - Smart Core Parent Night @ 5:30pm
  • 25 - Basketball Game @ Home 5pm
  • 26-29 - Thanksgiving Break


  • 9-Board Meeting @ 12:30pm



CPA Band Performing at UAPB Battle of the Bands Homecoming
Saturday, the CPA Band, went to UAPB for the Battle of the Bands.

Documents & Links

Latest Documents

Student Applications

Board Meeting Minutes

AR State Required Information


Personnel Policies

Document Archive

AR State Required Information

Annual Reports


Board Meeting Minutes

Budget and Salary/Compensation Transparency Reporting


Extra-Curricular Programs

Financial Reports

Marketing Materials



Other Plans and Policies

Personnel Policies

Personnel Policies and Evaluation


Progress Reports

Scholar Family Handbooks

School Calendars

School News

School Supply List

Student Applications


School Leaders


Will Felton

Mr. Felton is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and Grand Canyon University. He has served in education for 15 years at many grade-levels and under various administrative titles. Mr. Felton is National Board Certified, received the STAR Educator Award from the U.S. Department of Education and the ING Unsung Hero Award. He is a graduate of the Arkansas Technology Program, National Writing Project, and the ESL Academy. Currently Mr. Felton is pursuing his doctorate in Organizational and Educational Leadership.
Assistant Principal

Amanda Crowder

Ms. Crowder is a graduate of University of Arkansas at Little Rock and has been in education for over a decade as a classroom teacher, Team Leader, Department Chair, and School Improvement Coordinator. She has been a presenter at the National Middle School Conference and is a Train the Trainer for Aha Process! She is also a presenter for the Staff Development Educators in the area of Differentiated Instruction. She is National Board Certified and is a Lead 21 Walton Scholar at Arkansas Tech University pursuing her master’s in Education Leadership. This is Ms. Crowder’s fourth year with Lighthouse Academies
Director of Teacher Leadership

Ralph Cosio

Mr. Cosio is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas and has been in education for three years as a classroom teacher, team leader, and mentor. He has served as a mentor for the UCA Master of Arts in Teaching program and was recognized as the 2013 Mentor of the Year. He recently graduated with his Master of Science in School Leadership, Management, and Administration. This is Mr. Cosio’s fourth year with Lighthouse Academies
Coordinator of Family and Community Partnerships

Belinda Brought

Mrs. Brought is a graduate of Lehman High School and a full-time mother of 4. Being a very involved mother, she has worked tirelessly to assist the greater Jacksonville area school districts for the past 15 years. As a registrar, she handled enrollment and student records. She was a media clerk managing the library inventory. And she continues to be a substitute teacher for grades pre-k to 8th. As coordinator of family and community partnerships, she has set her goal to get as many parents and local businesses involved with the school system's social and athletic events. She believes when more parents get involved, the more successful their scholars will become.
Director of College Transitions

Barrett Petty

Mr. Petty graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. He received his Master of Science in School Counseling from John Brown University. Additionally, Mr. Petty received his Educational Specialist in Counseling from Harding University. He is currently working on his Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Studies at the University of Central Arkansas. Mr. Petty has had 8 prior years of public education experience including teaching secondary mathematics and being a school counselor. This is Mr. Petty’s first year with Lighthouse.


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 College Preparatory Academy

251 North First Street Jacksonville AR 72076 USA

34.8687782 -92.1079559
Tel: 501-985-1228
Fax: 501-985-1233

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