The following elements of Christian education are listed in order of priority as determined by the leadership within the ministry of Lighthouse Christian Fellowship and Christian School.
It is our firm conviction that proper training begins in the home. The home is the first institution of God, and it is here that the child first learns set patterns of behavior. There he/she learns how to respond to other individuals, either by playing with other children in his/her family or those who live nearby. It is in the home that the child learns a value system of right or wrong. Once a child is taught proper discipline and respect at home, he/she is ready to be formally educated and to develop the skills necessary to face life successfully.
It is our conviction that God has also instituted His Church as the organism directly responsible for the winning of the unsaved to Christ and the exhortation and training of the saved. This includes the teaching of biblical principles of living as found in the Holy Scriptures. We affirm that Christian children must be taught respect for God, His Word, and the biblical principles of His Word, by which we should live. We encourage our families to faithfully attend church in order for us to achieve, together, the spiritual goals that we desire our children to reach.
School is an institution set up by man for the education and training of our children. A school should provide both an environment and a curriculum conducive to effective learning. As a Christian school, it is our responsibility to build Christian character in our students. We believe that there is a natural need for well-defined boundaries governing their behavior. The teacher in the classroom is the authority and must be upheld and respected by the students and their parents. We expect our students to be honest and to exercise personal initiative in class work and homework.
- Curriculum – the primary curriculum publishers for LCS are Abeka and Bob Jones. These are distinctively Christian curriculums with an educational philosophy, which supports strong thinking skills.
- Classes Offered- Course schedules meet all state requirements for entrance into four-year college systems. Courses include advanced math classes, advanced science classes, foreign language, electives, physical education/health and more. Students also have the opportunity to be involved in Music, Art, and Drama. Music, P.E., Computer, Spanish, and Library are all part of our elementary curriculum. Students attend each of these classes weekly. These classes are subject to change due to enrollment and availability.
- Graduation Requirements – LCS is primarily a college preparatory institution. All incoming students are placed on a track that will allow them to receive a diploma and meet all state requirements for entrance into four-year college systems.
- Shirts/blouses must have a collar and may be any color or print.
- Sweaters or vests (cardigans, V-neck, pullovers) may be worn over uniform shirts.
- Any color twill shorts, pants and skirts may be worn. Length of skirts, split skirts/gauchos, or jumpers should be to the top of the knee when standing or sitting. Shorts can be no shorter than a dollar bill length above the knee.
- Belts are required for 4th - 12th grade.
- Shoes must be worn at all times. Cleats or flip-flops/athletic sandals are unacceptable.
- Hair should be neat and attractively maintained. Boys’ hair may not go past the eyebrows and cannot cover more than half the ear and may rest gently on the collar.
- A more detailed dress code is included in the Parent/Student Handbook.
Discipline is a biblical term. The Bible says to parents concerning their children, “Bring them (children) up in the nurture (discipline) and admonition of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4). If we are to honor, please, and obey our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we must maintain an orderly and controlled environment. Our desire is to see each student grow spiritually and to achieve academic excellence in an atmosphere that is Christ-honoring.
The school’s academic program is accredited by the Tennessee Association of Christian Schools (TACS), Southern Association of Colleges and School (SACS/AdvancEd), and the American Association of Christian Schools (AACS), with approval through the Tennessee Department of Education agency approval program. LCS is also a Category II State Agency approved school.
Lighthouse Christian School is a ministry of Lighthouse Ministries and was founded in 1979. The school comprises preschool, elementary, middle school, and high schools.
LCS does not offer a bus service.
Student/teacher ratios over the past several years have averaged 20:1 in 6th – 12th.
Lighthouse Christian Pre-School offers PK2 – PK4 classes. All academics are taught in the morning and enrichment activities as well as naps fill up the afternoon time.
Lighthouse Christian School admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
One-to-one instruction is offered by skilled personnel in the Educational Services Department. Instructional programs include reading readiness training for Pre-K and kindergarten age children, remediation of reading and writing difficulties, study skills training, general academic support, and computer-assisted instruction. Tutoring is available during the day and afternoons through Educational Services*.
*There is an additional fee for Educational Services.
Non-Discriminatory Policy: LCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality or ethnic origin, sex, age, or handicap in administration of its educational policies, or athletic and other school program.