Lighthouse Charter School accepting students

Pine Bluff Lighthouse Charter School is accepting applications for students entering kindergarten to seventh grade for the upcoming 2014-2015 year.

Principal Stacy Luckett welcomes parents, students and community members to an enrollment fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Accessory World, 2607 W. 28th Ave. in Pine Bluff. The fair is free to the public and will include music, drinks, games and prizes, she said.

Parents may also apply at the Lighthouse campus, 708 W. Second Ave., Monday through Friday, by completing an application and a registration packet, she said. They will need to show proof of residence, a copy of their child’s Social Security card, a copy of the child’s medical vaccinations and a copy of the parent’s driver’s license.

“No test is necessary,” Luckett said. “Any student who is eligible to attend public school may attend Lighthouse Charter. There is no fee for admission.”

For more information, she asks parents to call Lighthouse’s office at 870-534-0277. Lighthouse is not in competition with public schools but is an alternative option, she said.

“We do not berate or belittle any educational institution,” she said. “We are in the same business, whether private school, charter school or public school. We have the same mandate: to educate.”

Lighthouse uses an arts-infused program characterized by song, dance and theater to supplement teaching, she said. The goal is to prepare scholars for success in college and a career, she said.

“We call our students scholars, and we believe in speaking things into existence,” Luckett said. “We prepare scholars to become productive members of society.”

Other key themes at Lighthouse include practicing self-discipline, humility, intellect, nobility and excellence. Lighthouse opened in August 2011 with students in kindergarten to fourth grade and is adding a grade level each year, she said.