Lighthouse Preparatory Academy (Lighthouse) is a private Christian school that utilizes a university-type schedule and a teacher-parent integrated instructional approach to produce high-achieving scholars and enable strong ties between parents and children. The school follows a new educational model called University-Model Schooling® in which two proven elements of educational success:
(1) The professional classroom instruction of a teacher
(2) The caring at-home mentoring of a parent
These are combined into a unified, college-simulated program. Other proven elements of the school's program include low student/teacher ratios, hands-on learning, a strong student work ethic, an effective college-preparatory curriculum, character-building student activities, and servant-minded local operation and management.
Lighthouse's mission is to strengthen families by partnering with parents to develop witnesses for Christ through academic excellence and character development.
What We Believe
What We Believe:
- We believe the Bible to be the only inspired, infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:15; 2 Peter 1:21)
- We believe there is only one God, eternally existent in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1; Matthew 28:19, John 10:30)
- We believe in the deity of Christ (John 10:33), His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:35); His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15; 7:26); His miracles (John 2:11); His vicarious and atoning death (1 Corinthians 15:3; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 2:9); His resurrection (John 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:4); His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19); His personal return in power and glory (Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11).
- We believe in the absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of human nature, and that men are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Christ and that only by God’s grace and through faith alone we are saved. It is not something we earn or deserve. It is offered in grace and received by faith in Jesus Christ alone. (John 3:16, 5:24; Romans 3:23, 5:8-9; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5).
- We believe the Biblical definition of marriage as the covenant relationship between one naturally-born man and one naturally-born woman. (Genesis 2:23-24)
Lighthouse bases its educational philosophy on three main components: (1) adhering to a Biblical foundation, (2) preparing each student for life, and (3) emphasizing the parents' role.
(1) A Biblical Foundation: Our first and most important aim at Lighthouse Preparatory Academy is to love and glorify God in a ll that we do (I Cor. 10:31, I Pet. 4:11). All education is inescapably Christian in that all truth is God's truth. The Bible, as the infallible, inerrant, and inspired Word of God, is the foundation and guide for all knowledge and is basic to all elements of education. Because God created, sustains, and will consummate all things through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, the universe and all life are dynamically related to Him and have the purpose of glorifying Him. This purpose is fundamental to Christian education and will permeate every aspect of our goals and objectives, our teaching methods, and our curriculum. All representatives of the school will strive to demonstrate and teach values, character, and Christ-likeness as well as academic information.
(2) Preparing Each Student for Life: The primary goal of all Christian education is to prepare each student to glorify and honor God in all that he does. We seek to fulfill this goal by the following:
- Training and encouraging students to become committed disciples of Christ
- Supporting the family as the primary social and educational unit instituted by God
- Promoting personal responsibility for academic excellence and a strong work ethic
- Integrating home and school for the development of life skills and strong Christian character in balance with academics and extra-curricular activities.
Students will be encouraged to assume personal responsibility for learning as part of the maturation process. We expect Lighthouse students to be prepared for pursuing any chosen profession, through rigorous academic instruction and discipline, and to be committed to a lifetime of learning and service to their families, their churches, and their communities through an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.
(3) The Role of Parents: We recognize that parents are commanded to rear their children for God's glory by bringing them up in the nurture and discipline of the Lord (Deut. 6; Eph. 6:4). The home, therefore, is to be a place of training and teaching one's own children as is seen from God's command. Parents are God's first plan, His single most effective agents for spreading the Gospel to children and discipling young believers. The vast majority of Christians come to a faith in Christ when they are children, under the influence of their parents; furthermore, the successful sharing of a parent's faith and values is best facilitated when actively involved parents take the time, make the opportunity, and employ the tools needed for developing close, loving, and nurturing relationships with their children.
A Christian, UMS® exists to assist parents with the modern-day difficulties of preparing their children for college while also recognizing and supporting the parents' unique role in communicating their faith and values. For parents to succeed in their all-important task of discipleship, it is essential for families to experience meaningful time together. Traditional school systems, by their very structure, tend to rob parents and students of this most precious commodity. UMS® gives time and access back to parents in exchange for their commitment to be academically and relationally involved with their students outside of class according to the college preparatory, curriculum design. Such involvement, when lovingly and joyfully administered, leads to greater opportunity for parents to succeed in teaching their most important subjects: faith, hope, and love. This good-faith partnership between parents and teachers makes home and school integration for a family-strengthening, quality education both possible and practical.
Excerpt from naums.net:
University-Model Schooling® began in 1992 with the implementation of the GPA Project ... project organizers developed a new educational model called University-Model Schooling. This new model, with its university-structured schedule, was first implemented in a University-Model School test school formally established on December 18, 1992. The test school opened for its first year of operation in the fall of 1993 ... Positive results were experienced almost immediately and exceeded the project organizers' original expectations ... Formally established on April 8, 2005, NAUMS, Inc. now serves as the centerpiece of the University-Model School Christian movement.
Our Brief History
In the summer of 2006, a group of parents heard about a new alternative in education. One of these individuals attended a seminar hosted by National Association of University-Model School® in Texas to learn about this concept and explore the possibility of starting this type of school in Jefferson City. The report from this trip convinced them that God would establish this type of school here, and they began praying for others to join them in this vision.
As a result, four couples joined together with the purpose of establishing a University-Model School. Lighthouse is a unique private Christian school that utilizes a university-type schedule and a teacher-parent integrated instructional approach to produce a high level of academic achievement while enabling strong ties between parents and their children. The school is a concrete example of a new educational model called University-Model School in which two proven elements of educational success: (1) the professional classroom instruction of a teacher, and (2) the caring at- home mentoring of a parent are combined into a single, unified, college simulated program. Other proven elements of the school's program include character education, low student/teacher ratios, hands-on learning, a strong student work ethic, an effective college-preparatory curriculum, character-building student activities, and servant-minded local operation and management.
Lighthouse was officially incorporated on October 27, 2006. Lighthouse, along with her sister University-Model School in other parts of the country, is now demonstrating that it is indeed possible for both parents and teachers to effectively work together for the common goal of providing God's children with a high quality Christian education that is both cost-effective and strengthening to families.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the school located?
Lighthouse is located at 216 El Mercado Plaza, Jefferson City, Mo 65109.
Who teaches the students?
We employ professionally qualified Christian teachers on a part-time basis to teach classes. Teachers must meet a defined set of criteria, first and foremost of which is a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and also a love for teaching children.
What if parents aren't teachers? How can they teach their children if they have never homeschooled?
Parents need not have teaching experience. Lighthouse will take the lead in the area of academics. All new concepts will be introduced and taught at school by paid professionals while the application of the concept will take place at home, much like that of college studies. Lighthouse teachers will provide detailed assignment sheets each week and will maintain open lines of communication. Parents will act as co-instructors under the guidance of the classroom teacher. In addition, Lighthouse will offer training to parents in various areas including academics and character development. Finally, bear in mind that as a child progresses to higher grade levels, the academic role of the parent gradually migrates from that of co-instructor to proctor/mentor so that by the time a student graduates, he is prepared (trained and experienced) to assume the individual responsibility required for success at the collegiate level.
My wife and I both work full time outside our home. Would Lighthouse work for us?
One of the most important ingredients in the success of the University-Model School® is an available parent who can assist and properly work with the student. For a family in which both parents work outside the home on a full-time basis, a more traditional 35-40 hours/week school is probably a better choice.
Can students transfer into Lighthouse after being in other schools?
Yes, students who transfer will be subject to meeting with the Academic Dean and/or the school Administrator.
I have children in several different grade levels. How much time will each need to spend doing schoolwork on their days at home?
A rule of thumb at university-model schools is that for every hour spent in the classroom, the student will need to spend an additional hour on that subject in the "satellite classroom" at home. This rule, of course, varies according to the need. If a student is academically strong in a particular area, perhaps less time will be needed. If a student is weak in a subject or the subject is particularly challenging, then more time will be needed. Parents need to be alert to each of their children's individual needs and lead them accordingly in the structuring of their time.
Since parents are team teaching with the teachers at school, how does communication take place between the two?
Communication between teachers and parents plays a large role in a University-Model School®, and there are several ways that clear communication can take place. First, each course is described, along with its prerequisite and parent role, in the school catalog. The parent role is defined for each course so that parents understand the required level of assistance for their children. Vitally important are the printed weekly assignment sheets that are prepared by the teacher to be taken home and reviewed by the parent with the student. Instructions to parents are included as part of these assignment sheets as are long-term study projects that are forthcoming. Parents are also invited to communicate any of their questions back to the teacher as needed.
Will Lighthouse offer foreign languages? Why?
Yes, Lighthouse students will be encouraged to take Spanish and/or Latin. The ability to speak Spanish is invaluable. It is a tool not only for daily living but also for ministry and witness. The study of a foreign language at an early age enhances brain development and improves one's ability to correctly pronounce the foreign language. The study of both Latin and Spanish also tends to expand students' vocabularies through an understanding of Latin root words, suffixes and prefixes and it also enhances their grammar skills as they begin to understand parts of speech and linguistic patterns. In addition, contrary to popular belief, the study of a foreign language, including Latin, guards against arrogance. In his studies, a child begins to recognize that his world, his language, his vocabulary and his way of expressing himself are only one way of living and thinking in a big, complicated world. Finally, the very process of learning a foreign language requires mental gymnastics that strengthen the mind.
Will there be a dress code at Lighthouse?
When will we apply for acceptance to Lighthouse?
Applications will be accepted through the first week of school, provided that space is available. Enrollment is made on a semester basis. Students may continue to be admitted throughout the year. Enrollment, however, can only be made at the beginning of each semester. For more information, please see Admissions.
What is the cost of tuition?
Because of the nature of the University-Model School®, the cost of tuition for a full time student will be less than a typical 5-day-a-week school. However, our desire to attract and retain the very best teachers will be reflected in our tuition as well.
Tuition will be between approximately $300 per course per semester. Certain core courses, such as math and language arts, may be longer than one hour and will be priced higher. There is also a $125.00 discount for full-time students per semester.
Affordability for all families is maintained by allowing students to enroll in as few as one course per semester. Further, we hope to establish a tuition assistance program in the future so that this type of education is accessible on a full time basis by any family.
Is your school governed by a church?
No, a board of men and women from this community govern the school.
Is your school a non-profit organization?
Yes, Lighthouse is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation formed in the state of Missouri and governed by a board of trustees. Charitable contributions to the school are tax deductible.
Will this type of schooling fulfill state requirements?
Yes, it will parallel requirements in the core subjects, and should exceed the requirements for grade levels. We are seeking accreditation through the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS), and /or other accreditation organizations in the future.
Are colleges accepting students from University-Model School®? What makes them attractive to college over other students?
Students from the original University-Model School in Arlington, Texas, which has been in operation since 1993, have had no difficulty in gaining entrance to colleges and universities nationwide. In fact, the majority of graduates have been awarded scholarships for academic achievement, student leadership, and athletic or artistic ability. University-Model School stay informed on the current and projected entrance requirements of the major four-year universities. This allows school officials to be sure that the course offerings are meeting or exceeding college standards. In addition, University-Model School students are attractive to colleges because of their strong work ethic, successful study habits, leadership skills, and character as demonstrated through various student activities - academic, athletic, artistic, and governmental.
How are UMS® students doing on college entrance tests?
Despite admission policies aimed at average students, the University-Model School® students score much higher on college entrance tests than the average scores nationwide.