Habits of Scholars

  • Active Community Membership demonstrated by their ability to identify and make positive contributions to the many different kinds of communities of which they are a part.
  • Critical Thinking as demonstrated by their ability to problem solve, make decisions and consider multiple strategies and perspectives when answering questions, approaching challenges and interacting with others.
  • Effective Communication demonstrated by their ability to read, speak, listen and write with clarity, accuracy, authenticity and conviction across various domains.
  • Self-Direction and Self-Management demonstrated by their ability to take initiative with their learning and work; ask and answer questions, and understand that they are ultimately responsible for their future.



Lighthouse Academies believes the social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum. We believe there is a set of qualities (social skills and character traits) that all children need in order to be successful through college and life. These qualities are included in our SHINE character education program:  

  • Self-Discipline
  • Humility
  • Intelligence
  • Nobility
  • Excellence

Responsive Classroom/DD/Advisory

The foundation of the social curriculum is the school-wide use of the Responsive Classroom® (K-4); Developmental Designs (DD) (5-8) and Advisory (CPA 9-12) approaches. These programs ensure that all children develop their social skills simultaneously with their academic skills throughout the entire instructional day.

Through the social curriculum, we support our scholars in being successful academically, acquiring the skills necessary to work collaboratively with others, as well as building self-management skills that help prepare them for college. All teachers and leaders participate in targeted and ongoing professional development on these programs in order to continue to develop and refine their practice. 

Developing a positive school culture is an outgrowth of a solid social curriculum. Our small community model creates a learning environment where students are known well, develop unique talents and interests, connect with adult mentors and develop the life skills they will need for life after high school.