Lighthouse Community Charter School’s mission is to prepare students for a college and career of their choice. With a 95 percent college acceptance rate and an 89 percent college persistence rate, Lighthouse is succeeding in ensuring low-income students’ fates are not predetermined by their zip codes. One key component of Lighthouse’s success is their commitment to serving the whole child. This is accomplished through a number of best practices: every child at Lighthouse is coached by at least one caring adult, the curriculum emphasizes the “upstanders” of history who fought oppression and “-isms,” and the school implements morning meeting, crews, and other group time to teach about conflict resolution, community building, and empathy.
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