Lighthouse Academies

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It was a wonderful opportunity marred by horrible work environment, poor leadership and lack of communication.

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Former Employee - Teacher in Jacksonville, AR
Former Employee - Teacher in Jacksonville, AR

I worked at Lighthouse Academies full-time (less than a year)

Pros

The Lighthouse model of education is sound if executed properly. There are opportunities for individuals who don't meet all the state qualifications to work here and build up experience. Most of all being able to make a difference with the children that struggle in the normal school environment. Your co-teachers are very supportive and will help each other despite the environment.

Cons

As a new teacher of LHA, you will be working 45+ hours (effectively 80+ hours with homework) a week due to the longer school day, lack of support, inefficiencies of management, and how the LHA model is implemented. I am well aware that teachers work long hours outside the normal school day but after talking with many others LHA in Arkansas creates an environment that exceeds the norm. The LHA model is good but not for new teachers that need to learn core skills and abilities before they branch out with the unique methods of the model or teaching outside their licensed area. Very poor teacher retention rate. Problems and negative data is "swept under the rug" to make the school look good to the parents and Dept of Education rather than used to improve the school. I witnessed many opportunities for transparency in the name of improvement in front of the parents (or senior leadership) that actually was a spin to hide a problem. The poor leadership communications make it difficult for employees and cause the students to find gaps to take advantage of the system.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

In the Arkansas region there are some serious leadership issues that create a horrid work environment, especially for new teachers. In addition, there are poor communication techniques that need to be addressed. All of this is exacerbated by long standing friendships between key employees that cloud judgement and effectiveness. Strongly recommend you observe the methods of faculty and office leadership. They may look productive on paper but they wreak havoc on the work environment and are impacting the children with unstable education that teeters on the edge of not meeting standards. Also watch out for the "friend" histories between various levels of leadership that clouds oversight and judgement on performance.

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    Accepting a job at this school was the worst decision of my life.

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    Former Employee - Elementary School Teacher in Jacksonville, AR
    Former Employee - Elementary School Teacher in Jacksonville, AR

    I worked at Lighthouse Academies

    Pros

    The other teachers are very supportive of one another and are a wonderful resource, great initial school culture training at the beginning of the year.

    Cons

    Biased administration, poor leadership and support for teachers, 45 hour weeks. Everything is "swept under the rug" to make the school look great from the outside. They test the life out of those kids and the teachers that teach to the test (instead of to student needs) are rewarded. A poor teacher retention rate each year speaks for itself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your teachers. Hire based on skill, not friend of a friend. Use certified teachers as substitutes instead of paraprofessionals who babysit instead of teach.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Light-years ahead of school district counterparts

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Lighthouse Academies

    Pros

    -smart, vision-oriented employees
    -talented teachers
    -arts-infused emphasis in curriculum model

    Cons

    - strapped for cash. constantly having to "do more with less"
    -multi-state model is challenging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make better use of the national network and share more promising practices

    Recommends
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