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Lighthouse Elementary School

Public | K-2 | 733 students


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Posted August 12, 2014

We moved to the area from Miami last summer and my daughter started 1st grade at Lighthouse, having come from a Montessori preschool background. We were a little anxious at first because of the large size of the school, however our experience has been excellent. The class sizes are small based on Palm Beach county standards, and our daughter's teacher did an excellent job at giving individualized care. The school is extremely organized. Although public school schedules are very busy, my daughter learned a lot and came home happy every day. I would like to see more money go towards classes like art, music, PE, etc. After school activity options are nice. Overall, I recommend this school for anyone looking at relocating to the PB area. I'm a working mom, but I'm glad to see how passionate stay at home parents are about volunteering. Lots of great involvement and support from families.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 27, 2013

My daughter has attended for nearly 2 years. We are very happy with the quality of teachers and staff. We came from private, which I thought was the 'way to go'. Now that we have been at this school, you couldn't pay ME to go to private. This school has it all. The aftercare is the BEST! Pickup is awful, but you can park and walk your self in and get your child that way. I park and walk my daughter in each problem at all. She is in gifted, and I really think it's not much different than the rest of the classes. They never 'tell' the kids 'you are 'better' I have heard some schools do. School has counselor on staff. Also has all the 'extras', computers, PE and music. Why pay?? Sure they need a donation here and there..but who cares! Small fraction of why you'd pay at me I know!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 24, 2013

Jupiter Lighthouse. I would caution each parent and school faculty member to get informed about Common Core initiative, which this school participates in. This is government sponsored initiative that will only hinder our children's ability to learn. Please research it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 19, 2013

Our children attended Lighthouse Elementary for three years. The affluent parent body insists their children attend the gifted program, which acts as a smaller school within a school. Not a true gifted program, the student body here is comprised of children who have had the benefit of a rigorous preschool experience and come in with first grade level skills, so it is basically a year ahead of the average curriculum. The gifted program teachers are also much stronger than the others, so you definitely want your children here. The pickup and drop off procedures are a nightmare and be warned that parents start lining up in running cars for an hour before dismissal. Parking is scarce and rainy days can severely impact your morning and afternoon.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 11, 2013

Just attended the "Curriculum Night" and all the K teacher did was complain about the curriculum and how it was too hard for her to follow. She is extremely negative toward the children and I heard her saying to another parent that she would like to "tweak" my son. As in physically harm him. And not because he was rude or hurtful, but because he tried to ring a bell in her class. The poor guy is bored to tears because all his teacher does is complain all day. I'd try to ring a bell too! It is sickening to send my young child into this martyr's class every day. I wouldn't wish it on anyone. Do not move to this district for this school. I completely agree with teh parent who said, "The atmosphere created at this school is not a celebration of childhood, but instead a soul-crushing end to creativity and spontaneity."
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 6, 2013

My daughter was very unhappy here. There is an overall extremely strict feeling to the school and kids can't just be themselves. The lunch room ladies are burned out and unhelpful to the kids. The PE coach is scary. It is a cold environment, and not nurturing. It is like each kid is being controlled. When a child walks in the hall he must do "lighthouse bubbles," which is filling your mouth and cheeks with air so you can't speak. The kids walk single file through the hallway like this. The atmosphere created at this school is not a celebration of childhood, but instead a soul-crushing end to creativity and spontaneity. Also the hallways are kind of dark and poorly lit. And parents with younger children are not allowed to be a part of the school community.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 8, 2012

I have two children that go to this school. It is such a wonderful school! The office staff is ALWAYS helpful and kind. If I ever have any questions, the office staff is there to help. The Principal is the sweetest person to talk with and very caring about each and every student. The PTO always makes you feel welcomed and needed. I have had such a great and positive experience at Lighthouse Elementary. It shows in my children!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 28, 2012

We moved to Abacoa because of the schools, but it has not been what we expected. The teacher has been great, but the office staff, principal, and PE coach are cold, rude, and mean. It is not the environment I wanted for our son. First, the office staff will never be kind, joyful, or inviting (this includes the nurse!) That can be very intimidating for a young kid. The principal does not like to rock the boat, so you will not get much support in change. The principal will not allow siblings on campus or to any school functions. This is not a county wide policy!! This is her policy. It makes it very difficult to provide family support to your young ones. It will break your heart the first time your child looks at you with a sad face because you can not attend an event because of a sibling. ALL the children are afraid of the PE coach. He yells a lot. I have been told that the change in principal is the reason for the overall change in the school. The reason I rated this low on parent involvement is because they do not encourage ALL parents to volunteer. Parents are treated like outsiders by the office staff.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 27, 2012

This school lives up to the hype, we have been thrilled with the quality and overall experience
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 28, 2011

I would like to know what happened to the post that apparently was deleted in reference to this response?

Posted June 20, 2011

My daughter attended LHE from kindergarten to second grade. I have only good things to say about the school and my experience was very positive. The teachers are all incredible, and all the staff really nurture and care for our kids. Aftercare was amazing and my daughter really enjoyed the school. The level of education is high and is really a private public school. PTO was also amazing.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 19, 2011

Just a note to those parents commenting about the two ladies who work at the front desk. Yes, they are rude. But that is not reflective of the school overall. Please remember that Lighthouse is a public school and they do not have to "sell" themselves. The school is already packed to capacity b/c everyone wants in! You can't expect to walk into a school with such open ended questions and have a busy receptionist answer them!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 28, 2011

We transferred to this school this year in the middle of second grade. Within a month, the staff had my daughter in an IEP, speech therapy, and a performance monitoring program. I had been requesting these services for 2 1/2 years at our previous school. We transferred from out of state and the wonderful quality of the Florida public schools was an unexpected bonus. The school, teachers and office staff are extremely friendly and inviting. I've been involved with 5 different private and public schools with my children, and believe me, this is one of the best.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 12, 2010

My daughter attended Lightouse. She had many struggles through each grade. She was given extra help through IEP, speech & tutoring. The staff failed to recognise she had ADD. I finally identified in her & held her back in 3rd grade. She responded well to medication and is now at the top of the class. My son is in the gifted program. He could be challenged more. The teachers are restricted on advancing math. It is a shame to teach facts all year when he is counting money, telling time and doing multipliction with is sister at home. They do test students on next weeks words on Friday. Alternate spelling tests are given for those students that pass. I still love the school and would not change. It is hard to individualize with such a wide range of achademic levels. I do get tired of the constant requests for money.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 25, 2010

The school is fine. They are very much in love with themselves however. The women that work the front desk are the last people on earth that should be interacting with parents, very rude and arrogant.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 18, 2009

It is a very special place, with caring teachers and wonderful students.

Posted September 16, 2009

I truly love Lighthouse Elementary School primarily because it is a very unique public school going from kindergarten to 2nd grade only. There is such a warm, nurturing, family atmosphere here, despite it's large size. Class sizes are relatively small. Every child is made to feel loved and valued. Great leadership with Principal Gross, the 'pick of the litter', devoted teachers, who ALL go the extra mile for their kids, and the best PTO ever!! My 2 children have thrived here. It is very deserving of the accolades it receives!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 16, 2009

Lighthouse Elementary school is a fantastic school with great teachers, staff and parent involvement. When we moved to FL three years ago I did lots of research before finding 'my' school and no doubt found the BEST around!!! A+++
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 6, 2009

This really is a great school. My son went to K here, and is now in 1st grade. He loves it! Compared to the elementary my daughter attended, Lighthouse has SO much more to offer. It's a big school, but seems small because of how much personal attention each student gets. The principal and staff are welcoming and always happy to answer questions, and the teachers are dedicated and amazing. The Specials (music, art, etc.) are also fantastic! Lighthouse Elementary and Beacon Cove Intermediate were primary deciding factors on the neighborhood we chose. We're definitely happy with our choice!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 21, 2009

My son attended Lighthouse for 1st and 2nd grade and I was very active in his education and in his school. Mrs. Compton and Mrs. Temple were the best! Although they were rough years for my son (he has autism), everyone bent over backwards to give him a successful year and to do what was best for him. I am so thankful for everyone there, and especially for the patience and perseverance of his teachers!
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 78%
Hispanic 12%
Asian 5%
Two or more races 3%
Black 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 3%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 63%73%61%
Master's degree 37%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Jupiter, FL 33458
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