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4750 Dakota Drive
Jupiter, FL 33458

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4 stars
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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
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 morning..no 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'...as I have heard some schools do. School has counselor on staff. Also has all the 'extras'..art, 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 private..trust me I know!

- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
June 06, 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
May 08, 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
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
January 27, 2012
This school lives up to the hype, we have been thrilled with the quality and overall experience

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2011
I would like to know what happened to the post that apparently was deleted in reference to this response?

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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.

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no rating 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
no rating 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
no rating September 18, 2009
It is a very special place, with caring teachers and wonderful students.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
no rating September 06, 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
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!

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2009
my son did K there this year and will be going into 1st in Aug. The teachers are amazing! And the homework he was assigned was pretty advanced compared to many of my friend's children's homework from other schools.

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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
Excellent school! My daughter attended for 1st & 2nd and my son has gone K -> 2nd. Great experiences!

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- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2008
This school is overrated. Parent involvement is the strength of this school. Extracurrioular offerings are adequate. Gifted program lags behind the times. A cheery atmosphere prevails. I wonder how much new things the children learn.

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no rating June 10, 2008
Lighthouse is a great school. We have two children in the gifted program. Parent participation is very high and teachers and staff are very attentive. This school rivals many private schools in the area.

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no rating June 04, 2008
THis was Our first year at lighthouse & My child came from a privite education and I Love it and so does she, her teacher is beyond what a teacher needs to be. they really love waht they do, as a family we feel very comfortable there and she is getting a wonerful eduacation, can't wait until next year.Ms. Rosenberry is not just a teacher she truly loves our Children.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2008
Too much enfasis is gifted program and no help if some kid has a problem

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no rating May 07, 2008
My daughter went to Lighthouse for Kind. and currently 1st grade. Great school, we love it! Teachers & staff are wonderful! The principal is VERY approachable. She seems to know all of the kids personally.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2008
My son is in the gifted program and is doing very well. It is the best education around as far as I am concerned. Our friends children in private schools are not learning as much. The principal, asst. principal, and other staff are wonderful, hard-working and very caring. We are very happy there.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2008
I have a daughter in Kindergarten, in the gifted program at Lighthouse. We love this school! My daughter loves her teachers, and the aftercare is wonderful as well. The principal is very involved.

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- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2007
It is my opinion that the parents who send the glowing praise of this school are deceived by the A rating of the school, a feat highly correlated with high socioeconomic status. I believe the school has an undeservedly good reputation and a gifted program out of step with best practice. The parents are incredibly active and the school has offered many extracurricular offerings. I believe opinions would change if parents were more aware of the differences between achievement and growth.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2007
All three of my children attended Lighthouse Elementary, and one is still there! We have had a wonderful experience, both academically and socially. My children were challenged with the curriculum and were nurtured by the kind, loving teachers and staff. I have found both the gifted program and the regular program to be top notch. The teachers tailor the curriculum to the needs of all children and make all of them feel very successful. My children were in a private school, but got a much better education at Lighthouse Elementary!

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2007
Lighthouse elementary is an exceptional school. Teachers, administrators and support staff are very professional and go above and beyond in their duties. My husband and I took our twins out of a very popular private school in the area and placed them in Lighthouse. We were blown away by the challenging curriculum, and quality of teachers. We couldn't be happier with our experience at Lighthouse.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2007
My wife and I feel our children are so lucky to have such a caring and nurturing school as kindergartners full of diverse learning activities and some just fun stuff. They have blossomed into little people that love to tell about their day and even thrive on doing their weekly homework assignments. The staff is wonderful, responsive, and involved. They also ask it back from us working parents which creates the real success to kids development. My wife spends time volunteering in the classroom and I at the cookie making table. And, it actually takes a bit to help with their homework which 'involves' me in what they are currently up to. Our kids love it, and couldn't be more blessed to have them there. Cdad

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February 25, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
February 15, 2007
I do not even know where to begin the praise of this school. My daughter went to Lighthouse for 2 years and then we unfortunately had to move. I want all the parents of Lighthouse to know how lucky they are to have their children in such an exceptional school. My daughters new school is such a disappointment and makes me sad and makes me miss Lighthouse everyday. Mrs. Bonino is so wonderful. She is such a presence at the school and takes the time to know all of the students by name in her school. She noticed when my daughter had a new haircut or a new backpack or a new pair of shoes. It's the little things like that, that make a difference. Please don't take these things for granted. Once they are gone you will realize just what you missed. Lighthouse will forever be in our hearts.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2007
Lighthouse Elementary is an outstanding environment for young children. The principal clearly takes the time to know children. The teachers work incredibly hard. Many of the parents are actively involved. The most important element is that the children are growing emotionally and academically.

- submitted by a teacher
September 07, 2006
Lighthouse Elementary may be an 'A' rated school for Florida, but elsewhere in the country it would be a B- or C. We've lived in several other states and the curriculum at this school is so far behind what other states are doing. The principal is very concerned for the well-being of the children. She cares about them. However, the curriculum is very misguided. Instead of focusing on strategies to control anger, our children should be taught technology, science and mathematics in a much more in-depth manner. Our experience with the teachers has been very positive. Florida in general, must up their curriculum standards and soon. We've seen the 'brain power' in other areas that our children will be competing against in the future for college and jobs. I don't know how Florida children will be able to stand up to that.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2006
I am extremely disappointed in the quality of education at this school.

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- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2005
Went to school as a child. Loved it then and love it now. When my son is older he will be going to Lighthouse if we live in the area still.

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September 16, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
September 13, 2005
I have never seen a group of teachers who work harder. Drive by after 5:00 pm or on a Saturday and you will always see their cars in the parking lot. Because they are led by an equally hard working Principal, they work together and strive for excellence in all that they do. From the front office, through the classrooms and into the dining room you will always find friendly faces willing to help and the students are always the top priority.

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September 12, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
August 30, 2005
I think school is awesome...very loving staff!

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July 22, 2005
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July 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2005
Over rated. Over crowded. Over in love with itself. Good school, just not great like some parents will rave.

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May 23, 2005
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- submitted by a student
April 04, 2005
class sizes, stated as 25.3, are really more like 30, and that's with some kids absent. mobile trailer classrooms just don't cut it for me. my kid is happy there but I have to question whether or not she is getting the best education with classes so large. this school has clearly been overwhelmed by the housing growth around it and unfortunately the town/county has no plan/solution to fix it. it's only going to get worse I am afraid.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
Lighthouse Elem. is an excellent school when compared to others in So. Florida. The teachers are first rate. My son has learned alot despite his ADD label and the fact that he might be held back because of his inability to do 'grade level work.' The teachers work extremely hard with my son; however, I have felt it necessary to seek expert help in the way of further academic and psychological testing to know more about his performance level in relation to other students in his grade. Class size for exceptional students is too large in Florida; teachers/faculity are 'guarded' when communicating with parents; and if you don't know your rights and understand your options, you are lost if you have a child that has been labeled. I do not blame the teachers, it's a bureacratic overburdened system....one that requires resilience & knowledge to navigate.

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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
Outstanding and Excellent. We moved here last year after researching options in Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Our efforts were rewarded. Everyone involved with this school has been wonderful. Both my kids are in the gifted program and any issues we had, were met with an interest to solve them. The principal knows every child by name and is genuinely interested in their wellbeing. Parent volunteers are welcome into the classrooms as well as the administrative tasks. It is truly a village atmosphere in this k-2nd grade school. Also this k-2nd grade model is excellent. Due to the close age grouping there is a sense that grades are supportive and involved together. Also the 2nd graders get to be the big kids for a year.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2005
Lighthouse Elementary has been such a postive experience for my son, who is in Kindergarten. He has flourished tremendously in the last 3 months alone. The personal attention that is given to the students ranks it well up there with schools in the private sector. He is the most well spoken 6 year old I know. I am recently a new single mom, after a tough Divorce, and the teachers and staff have really helped my son and I through this tough transition. I initially wanted to move back to Texas to be with my family, but that would mean my son would have to leave the school. I will do whatever it takes to keep him enrolled in this terrific school.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2005
This is a K-3 Elementary school with students moving to the 'sister' school, Beacon Cove, for 3-5. I can't say enough about this school. I couldn't be happier! I've had two children pass through and will accept no other for my third child. I've never seen a principal who knows the name of all 800+ students and always has a hug for anyone in need. The academics are one of the highest and always used as a bench mark when the local papers compare area schools. I've never heard anyone with anything bad to say about the teachers and they are all of top quality. I would move to this area for the school alone!

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- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2004
Lighthouse does provide a loving and warm environment and is blessed to have so many caring families add to the offerings available to the students. Extracurricular offerings are terrific. My experience with the gifted program led me to find it weaker than I would have expected and to attempt to make a change in the program was met with resistance. Diane Hanfmann

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- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2004
My daughters experience has been great. After only being here 5 months she has expanded her reading greatly and her math skills have greatly increased. The teachers work well with the children not only with academics but also wit their personalities. I have been nothing but pleased with my experiences here.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2004
I am suprised about the reviews I have read here. I hope someone moving to the area does not read these reviews and get turned off by the school. I have two children. one is going into 2nd grade and the other completed their stay here and is moving onto 3rd grade at Beacon. I have been completely satisfied with the teachers and principal. My children have received a wonderful education. I have a 10 year old who is disabled and been in different programs throughout this district. Lighthousee stands head and shoulders above the rest of the schools he has been at (Limestone, Jerry Thomas, Allamanda, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter Elementary). I do not know of a single disatisfied parent at Lighthouse Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2004
Lighthouse elementary is an exceptional school. My son loves every minute he is there. The staff and teachers are incredible and truly love each of the children. I have never seen a more interactive school environment on every level.

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May 16, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2003
I think we need to be honest about the calss size which is more like 29-30 per class, and has been for a number of years. Most of the teachers are wonderful at this scool, they care about the kids, and the school works very hard to help the all the kids. This school also has some very caring parents who just give and give and give. Which is so important for the teachers they could not do it without them. Lighthouse is a Great school!!!

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Lighthouse Elementary School
4750 Dakota Drive, Jupiter, FL  33458
(561) 741-9400
Last modified Lighthouse Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-2
Lighthouse Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 74 reviews. Top