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13050 Highway 89
Jay, FL 32565

(850) 675-4097
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November 11, 2013
Reading all the positive reviews I am a bit shocked .. I attended the school when I was 15/16. I am now 28 . My review is a bit late but never less still accurate when I attended the school. I would NEVER send my daughter to a school like this! I felt abandoned my my family. I felt like the school breaks your spirit and conforms you to what they want you to be. When you do so with or say something they don't like they made you wear a pink shirt and put you on separation. no talking to anyone . How do they expect you to better yourself if you can't talk about the changes you want to make I your life. You have little communication with family and are so alone! Over all please didn't make your children feel like this don't let someone ruin your relationship with your children ..get your children the right help .this is. Not the place to do it. May God be with all the girls who are they attending the school and I pray they don't feel as alone as I did and as a lot of the girls who did. I pray they get the help they need ...

- submitted by a community member
October 19, 2012
After attending Lighthouse Christian Academy, our daughter was broken and she truly is serving God.She is a delight to be around and is much appreciated in our home. She is now a church member and in college with good grades, holds down a job and is conducting a Bible study in our home!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2012
I knew that something major needed to be done or my daughter would be in trouble. Our solution was the Lighthouse Christian School. Bumpy road so far but I think that things will turn around with the guidance.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2012
Life isn't one big party that my daughter takes for granted anymore. I am glad about that.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2012
There are some quite personal and painful stories at this school but hopefully in the end I will be able to look back and know it must be endured to make me the person I will be.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2012
I went from feeling like I was at a total loss to feeling light and free. Great teaching instruction by this institution.

- submitted by a community member
April 03, 2012
My daughter was accepted here and I have found that her heart has opened up to the light and change is taking place each moment of each day.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2012
There were many times, at home, that I was at a total loss. I would look at my life,and it made no sense. The only thing that made a little bit of sense was to keep going down the wrong path,doing the wrong things,because of the temporary feeling of satisfaction it gave me. But deep down, I knew that the way I was living was wrong,and there had to be something better. I started hanging out with the wrong crowd my freshman year in high school, and I got caught up doing some bad things. There were many,many times that God tried to get my attention,but by that point I had totally given up on him and didn't care anymore. The morning of December 3,2012 , I left home, on the way to Florida. I knew nothing about where I was going or what the place was like, I just felt relieved because I was leaving everything behind. My coming to the Lighthouse of Northwest Florida was God's devine intervention in my life. From that point forward, He worked in my life in a marvelous way. Like Psalm 51says, he really did create me a clean clean heart,and changed my life for the better.

- submitted by a community member
March 02, 2012
They folks here were there for me when I needed them. When I finally got saved it was the best day of my life and it's all thanks to them.

- submitted by a community member
February 28, 2012
You guys truly have a gift in reaching people and delivering the Lord's message. Even though things did not turn out as many of us wanted them too, I continue to pray and I pray for the many girls who are going through similar situations. I will never give up and I pray that soon she finds her way!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2012
We knew she couldn't come home to the family as it was and we definitely wanted to see her succeed. So while she was at the Lighthouse Christian Academy, we began to get our lives back on track with the Lord. Upon her return she readily and eagerly joined in the cause of becoming an intricate part of a God centered family!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2012
Without a doubt out daughter and family are in a far greater condition today for having known you!!! The results were much more than we could have hoped for or imaged and we are eternally grateful!!!

- submitted by a community member
January 30, 2012
I just wanted to say thanks for all the things you do. Its amazing what God has done for us.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2012
This review is long overdue and a delight to write it about Lighthouse Academy! I just have to say thank you for giving me my life back. At a time when my world as I knew it was in pieces they shined the light in my life and allowed me to let god in!! I am forever grateful!

- submitted by a community member
January 10, 2012
Absolutely grateful to Lighthouse academy for having my children quit possibly the best thing that has happened to our family!

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2011
The most defining and important gift our daughter received was the consistent devotion to praise, worship, and scriptural teachings. She may have complained, as all teenagers do at times, however, the Holy Spirit was poured out on her and resonated deep into her soul through the chapels.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2011
Thank you Lighthouse Christian Academy for all you have done for the Carney family, and all that you continue to do for the countless other families. We will be forever grateful.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2011
I know I wrote everyone a card/letter but I want to say that I love you and I'm going to miss you very much. You mean a lot to me. Thanks for all you've done for me.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2011
Just one year ago our lives were very different. We were very desperate parents praying so hard for God's deliverance. He heard our prayers and has answered and done exceedingly, abundantly above all that we asked or thought possible. Because of your obedience to the call of God on each of your lives, we now have so much hope for our daughter. "Thank you" could never be enough.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2011
I wanted to say thanks for everything. Thanks for helping my son get his relationship back with his dad. God has been doing amazing work through you guys.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2011
We realize there were many people that worked with our family and our child the year she spent at the Lighthouse. It was amazing how every single staff member is one way or another ministered to our family as we rallied to understand, he;p and grow in knowledge and wisdom with her.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2011
We are so thankful for the ministry and staff at Lighthouse.Our daughter attended for 10 months, graduated and returned home a completely different person.If it wasn't for lighthouse, who knows where our daughter would be today.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2011
What a journey our daughter has been on and what a joy to see God's work! She went from rebel child to Lighthouse, to law student. Thanks for everything!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2011
My daughter is doing very well. She is a senior this year and making excellent grades. She participates in a wide variety of activities at her Christian School. She loved her stay at Lighthouse. It changed her life, and she still maintains her good habits she learned there. Thank you again for the loving Godly care you gave my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2011
We are blessed to give you an update on our niece, Kodi. It has been a very long journey on our road to save her life and to give her a family she could call her own.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2011
Talk about god blessing our family with incredible people. This school is better than I ever could of imagined. Each and every staff member felt like family. They are so gifted in gods word and discipline. This is well though out program that truly changes girls lives. My daughter has been there for 4 months and already has done a 360. She is a new young lady. Great manners, strong, educated and loves god. If you have a teenage daughter who is out of control and your scared for her life. This is the place. If someone is going to raise your child other than you, it would be these trust worthy people. My daughter thanks me for caring and loving her so much to send her here. All the other reviews are to be taken with a grain of salt. Upset and hurt people that will not except there true problems and sins. I could never put a price on my Childs safety. Check it out for yourself, I did this is all first hand experience. Great place! Highly recommend to all teenage girls who are lost and have no respect for them selves or others. You will get the daughter you always dreamed about. Transformation!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2011
I would like to thank you for all you have done for our daughter. We saw a tremendous change in her. We can only hope and pray that the things she learned while in your care will remain with her throughout. I will and have recommended your school highly.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2011
Hello! I just wanted to tell you, thanks for all you have done for me and and my family. God has done so much in not only my life but my family as well. I am very thankful for Light House and the Godly people God has put in my life this past year have helped me.

- submitted by a community member
May 02, 2010
My daughter was one of the very first VCA students (back in Ca). My wife and I loved her dearly but could no longer reach her. Only 16, she would sneak out of the house at night, would stay out till all hours when she was with friends, was planning to run off out of State with a boy she new from the restaurant.Later she told me that : They were going to find work somewhere working with horses. She was not a good student and defied us more and more. We had visions of her ending up on the streets in LA or somehere. When told about VCA we took her there. We had misgivings, not knowing much about the school, but God wonderfully made it plain to us that she was at the right place. If I decribed your situation please consider this school. It saves sanity and lives!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 20, 2010
March2010 Donot send your daughter to this school. The so called Pastor hounds parents for money and uses minimal, generic, cheap, donated items for the girls. The food is fit for a dog. The GRR (get right room) is awful and cold. Girls are made to sit in isolation for hours as a form of punishment and be monitored by two other girls. So, you have three girls being punished for the price of one. The girls are limited to the conversation they can have with their families and their mail is withheld if there is any thing negative in it like real world issues, death, divorce, etc. Quiet time is another form of isolation and brotherhood is not fostered. The girls are told not to make friends and if they do, they are put on separation. They are there to learn about God and not to make friends.

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April 28, 2009
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February 04, 2009
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October 10, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
September 03, 2008
I went to VCA for 2 years, and I loved it! At first I hated it but I knew it was best for me. This schoool is very beneficial for teens who are self- destructing.

- submitted by a student
no rating June 23, 2008
This is not a 'school' in the ordinary sense. This is a place of last resort to which parents send their daughters when they are ungovernable. It is a place that will provide a safe haven and redirection for a girl whose life is on a straight path to self destruction. It saves the sanity, health, and even possibly the lives of distraught parents who have nowhere else to turn. Thank God they existed when I needed them. My daughter was there for over a year, and my only mistake was not sending her back when she started back into her old ways. Reverend Palmer gives some exceptional sermons that talk directly to the needs of these girls. He's definitely not out of touch with their problems. My only complaint was that they forced them to eat everything on their plate, which I felt was bad for them.

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October 04, 2007
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January 22, 2007
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December 16, 2006
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September 02, 2006
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August 03, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
April 02, 2006
I spent three years at vca and it was a really great school of course at first you dont like it but if you let it, it will change your life for the better. I recommend this school if your teenage girl is out of control and you need help.

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March 21, 2006
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December 06, 2005
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November 28, 2005
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no rating October 03, 2005
I'm a former 'Victory girl.' This God-centered boarding school focuses little on academia. School is not intellectually challenging, and help is mediocre. However, the PACE academic system allows many students to catch up and graduate 'on time.' Parents have little involvement besides writing their child(ren). Students are removed from reality and forced to focus on God. Rules, however silly, are strictly enforced. Days are scheduled, and activities include chores, KJV-Bible reading, chapel (often preachy, even dogmatic), meals, school, and sports/leisure time. Typical 'extracurricular activities' are limited. The most common form of punishment is writing lines. The God-fearing leaders ensure student safety, as students are closely watched and don't leave the premises. Sadly, this school has an undesired recidivism rate due to its extreme withdraw from the outside world. Students receive little, if any, counsel. The staff assumes the worst of everyone. I appreciate this school, but my overall experience was nightmarish.

- submitted by a former student
September 21, 2005
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September 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
What a blessing Victory was there when I most needed them. They helped redirect my troubled daughter towards positive paths. Their individualized instruction allowed her to progress at her own pace. She entered an 8th grader and exited 16 months later an 11th grader. Back home, our local high school principal immediately recommended her for college. Because the staff is loving and kind, my daughter chose to return 6 months later to spend her remaining summer days as junior staff. Extra curricular activities are fun and wholesome, and sometimes extend to nearby communities. The inside is impeccably clean and attractively decorated. The exterior pool and grounds are well maintained. My daughter became an expert in growing roses. From the nearby public road, which is separated by a low intermittent 4 high fence, the school looks like a beautiful country estate. Room for improvement [at that time]: food, parent support groups

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
Well, nubmer one there is no parent involvment, there are no extracurricular activities, and students worked strictly out of PACE's that were 99% centered on the Bible

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April 13, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
March 01, 2005
The education is extremely poor at best, they give the children 3rd grade level work so that they can maintain their B average GPA promise. This school does not have extarcurricular activities. Access to the staff is limited, the children mostly monitor each other. Parent involvement is very strained, you will see or talk to your child only once a month. communication is limited to letters sent out twice a week. The school is VERY disciplined, not in a good way.

- submitted by a former student
January 25, 2005
This school gives a poor education to the students. The unaccredited teachers do not teach the students; instead, students teach themselves using cartoon booklets called ACE. The high school diploma given from this school is not acceptable at universities. Only community colleges and christian colleges will accept this diploma. Note: A high school diploma is not required to get into community college.

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January 23, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2005
I am an ex-victory girl as well. The time that I spent there was something I wouldn't trade for anything in the world. God took me out of an environment that wasn't good for me and put me somewhere where God could change my heart. The relationship that I have with my family is so incredible and my faith is so much stronger. I now have a strong foundation that I can build on and grow through Christ. Yes it is a very strict school, but they are like that because they care so much for us girls and want us to have a bright future in Christ. Everything that they've taught me I now use in my everyday life. I can see that by God putting me there He has molded me to be a light to others now. Thanks VCA! This is a great school!

- submitted by a former student
December 09, 2004
This school provides parents a place to place their daughters when they feel they have lost contol of their daughter. The school provides an education and also provides spiritual guidance.

- submitted by a former student
November 19, 2004
vca was not a abd school if you think your kid need displine and a reality check that is the school to send your child alot of people dont like the school because of there strick way but you did not send your child for avacation you send them to learn to be a good girl vca change my life iam not perfect but iam glad i went there.

- submitted by a student
October 07, 2004
This is a tough school for girls who are troubled.

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September 22, 2004
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September 19, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
July 12, 2004
I am a ex-victory girl (as we call them) and so is my sister. The time she spent there was the time she was able to mend and strengthen her heart and now she is a blessing to everyone who meets her. I am thankful to my time there and encourage concerned parents, if you have lost control and the relationship with your daughter, be strong and give her safety at victory. Leave her until Brother Palmer knows she's ready. The schooling is great. I was able to get eleven high school credits during one year and just graduated high school back home. I have now been back for over a year and now have the discipline and morals to live in peace with my family and myself.

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June 24, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2004
This school is for teen girls who have found themselves in moral bankruptcy. Parents send their daughters, whom they feel they can no longer control, into the over-zealous, Bible thumping arms of 10 strangers. The girls spend 1 year (or more) in a non-realistic atmosphere. God's word and teachings are grossly missrepresented. These teachings are forced upon the girls in all activities in which they are forced to participate. Lack of conformity results in severe discipline and alienation. Upon arriving home, the girls struggle to find a 'middle ground' between the 'real world' and Victory.

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May 18, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2004
My daughter has been at Victory for 2 months. At the time of arrival she was failing in school. She now is doing wonderful in school, with good grades & test scores.

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Lighthouse Christian Academy
13050 Highway 89, Jay, FL  32565
(850) 675-4097
Last modified Lighthouse Christian Academy is a Private school that serves grades 7-12
Lighthouse Christian Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 64 reviews. Top