First Graduation Press Release

By // May 31, 2017

As the entire education establishment in Holyoke is working feverishly to improve their graduation rate, LightHouse Holyoke is playing an important role, holding their first graduation on Friday, June 9. LightHouse Holyoke is a personalized middle and high school alternative just finishing their second year in downtown Holyoke. “It’s been incredibly satisfying to join the community here in Holyoke and … Read More

Finding Hope Again: A Family’s Story

By // May 9, 2017

One parent’s moving story of her family’s experience finding LightHouse. When I was first asked to tell our story I really struggled with it. We have talked about it over time with many people, but to put it out there in writing was much different. How could I say everything in a short story that would help people realize the true … Read More

Which skills are going to be on the test?

By // April 5, 2017

The following is a repost of a piece by Seth Godin. “23 things artificially intelligent computers can do better/faster/cheaper than you can.” This is worth reading and considering, and hopefully the point is clear. Is a standard school curriculum preparing students for the future? At LightHouse we believe that the most important skills for students to develop are: learning how … Read More

Imagine Loving Learning

By // March 29, 2017

From a LightHouse Parent: “Imagine a teenager who loves school, thinks there are too many vacation days in an academic year, and believes summers are too long… That’s our daughter, Alice. She became a LightHouse student last year, at age 13. She’s always loved learning and spent her earlier years at home with her dad and younger brother. When she … Read More

Getting on the (right) bus

By // January 9, 2017

This post was written by guest blogger–and LightHouse teacher–Amelia Sawyer. Over winter break, as I reconnected with family and friends who I see less regularly, I found myself telling everyone who’d listen how much I love teaching at LightHouse. While we sat around, eating and watching snow fall and eating some more, I’d describe this special place’s warm, open environment, … Read More

Who We Serve, and How

By // December 30, 2016

Students choose LightHouse for a variety of reasons. But there’s always a reason. LightHouse is not the default choice- we are not free, public school. We are an alternate choice because something about the traditional option available to our students is not working for them. These reasons vary considerably. Some of our students were simply bored and disengaged. Some were … Read More

Graduation Planning

aerial photo of Holyoke, MA

By // December 8, 2016

This year will be the first that we will have students moving on from LightHouse to next steps…careers, colleges, job training programs, armed services…a whole variety of futures unfolding. This group of eight teens is really excited to have a LightHouse “graduation,” which left us with the conundrum of figuring out what a LightHouse graduation actually is! As with everything … Read More

Mindfulness

mindfulness class at lighthouse

By // November 20, 2016

I’m leading a Mindfulness class this block, though certainly I’m no Zen master. I say leading rather than “teaching,” because in truth I’m taking the course along with the students. I’m more of a curator/facilitator than teacher. Luckily, the world and the internet are full of resources for learning mindful practices. I am getting so much out of this experience, … Read More

Authenticity and Opportunity

By // October 18, 2016

One of my very favorite things about teaching at LightHouse is the organic nature of how our classes develop. As a teacher, I enter the classroom with a set of goals in mind, but really the class curriculum is best developed in an emergent fashion. That is to say that I derive the content of the class from the interests and … Read More

What the Teens Had to Say

By // June 28, 2016

The last week of the school year was presentation week, and every teen presented to the rest of the group about a highlight from their year. It was inspiring to not only to hear what each person to chose to present about, but also to see the many different formats they chose for their presentations (live demos, PowerPoints, readings, and more). It … Read More