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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.


Quick Facts

Number of Scholars: 275
Grades: 7-10
Date Opened:
Principal: Norman Whitfield


  • SHINE Academy
  • College Board PreAP Springboard Curriculum
  • Research Academy
  • March Madness

Annual Events

  • Arts Exhibit
  • Talent Showcase
  • Fall Carnival
  • Spring Fling
  • College Trips

Extracurricular Activities

  • Girls and Boys Basketball
  • Track
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Golf
  • Cheer
  • Dance
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Student Council
  • Trap Shooting
  • Mock Trial
  • Recycling Club
  • Math Club


  • Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce
  • Boys and Girls Club


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

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.



24-28: No School - Spring Break

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Congratulations to the 2013-14 Mock Trial team, debate teacher, and attorney coach!

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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

Chris Carter

Mr. Carter is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Sociology and Political Science. He completed his graduate degree in School Leadership from Columbia University Teachers College. He is a former Teach For America corps member who taught at Central High School and KIPP Delta Collegiate in Helena, AR. He served as a Teach For America Program Director and Manager of Teaching and Learning where his duties included coaching and developing new teachers, and managing teacher development courses for 500 teachers serving over 40,000 students. This is Mr. Carter’s second year with Lighthouse Academies.
Director of Teacher Leadership

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 third year with Lighthouse Academies
Director of College Transitions

Michael Taylor

Mr. Taylor is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a degree in Spanish. He completed his graduate degree in Special Education from Arkansas State University. Currently he is seeking his doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. As a bilingual educator, he has built and maintained successful English as a Second Language (ESL) programs for English Language Learners (ELLs) and their families. He has taught at all grade levels, PK-12, to students from eight districts in the state of Arkansas. This is Mr. Taylor’s first year with Lighthouse Academies.
Director of Social and Emotional Learning

Jermaine Bryant

Mr. Bryant is a graduate of Arkansas State University (Jonesboro Campus) with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a master’s degree in business administration. Prior to becoming the Director of School Culture for Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School, Mr. Bryant devoted over a decade of his service as a case manager and service coordinator for Arkansas state juvenile offenders and mental health rehabilitation. Mr. Bryant has taught physical education and is currently the head coach for middle school basketball. This is Mr. Bryant’s fourth year with Lighthouse Academies.


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 USA

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

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