Nantucket Lighthouse School is a vibrant community of parents, faculty, staff and students. Lighthouse School parents’ involvement in their child’s education enhances the school experience and enriches the community. A trusting and communicative partnership between teacher and parent is essential. Parental observations and insights are an invaluable source of information. We expect that, throughout the course of a child’s years at Lighthouse, both teachers and parents will approach this challenging and rewarding partnership wholeheartedly; with honesty, patience, receptivity and humor.
When parents share their knowledge and talents, they help create a more enriching environment. There are numerous ways to get involved at Nantucket Lighthouse School. Parents help in classrooms, serve on committees, share skills and interests at All School Meeting, participate in fundraising efforts, help students with community service projects and volunteer at school events.
By volunteering at the Nantucket Lighthouse School, you will get to know your child’s classmates, the faculty and staff, and you will get to see the school in action. Just as importantly, you will get to know the parents of your child’s classmates and these connections and friendships will serve you well throughout your years at NLS.
The approach to teaching each child as an individual, was one of the deciding factors in our choosing the Lighthouse School. Just walking into the classrooms, I immediately “got it.” I knew this was not only a perfect fit for my child but also for my family.
The school is an integral part of our family life. It has profoundly affected my parenting and how I run my own life. It is inspiring to see how children are treated with care and thoughtfulness, both as individuals and as a group; they are taught to respect others. When we first enrolled, the Lighthouse School only went to third grade and, while we were there, it grew through the eighth grade and so we had our child at Lighthouse for eleven years.
I cannot imagine what turns our lives would have taken if we had not had this incredible school available to us. Having the Lighthouse School on our small island is a gift to the already wonderful lives we live here.
Our mission statement talks about “the creative act of learning.” Throughout our program, I am aware of how the school teaches a child to love to learn by inspiring and celebrating ‘self-expression’ through journaling and small class sizes that encourage thoughtful conversation and individualized learning. I am struck by the ease in which children learn in an environment that is surrounded by the handwork work that they make and how children are called upon to assess themselves, which gives them the responsibility for their actions. I value the way in which a strong academic curriculum is intertwined with beauty, nature, thoughtfulness, and care for each child. It is a very tactile approach to learning.
Education, in our current world environment, has lost sight of the child. We teach to a test, for some unclear end. The Nantucket Lighthouse School celebrates childhood, and teaches children a love of learning, and a respect for each individual.