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

Knowledge is Power

By // April 11, 2016

A couple of weeks ago we were very fortunate to have a visiting lecture from José López, brother of Oscar López Rivera, a Puerto Rican political prisoner of the United Sates. Mr. López’s talk addressed issues of oppression and domination throughout history, artfully weaving together a variety of histories to help us critically analyze the state of the world today. … Read More

Art Show! Friday, April 15

By // April 5, 2016

LightHouse has attracted an impressive number of artists. More than half of the students in our program spend substantial time creating visual art pieces of all kinds, and take part in the many art classes we’ve been offering this year. On Friday, April 15 they will be showing their work at an opening reception, 4:00-7:00 pm in the lobby of … Read More

School Anxiety

By // March 24, 2016

In the last few weeks we have been busy meeting with teens and families who are applying to LightHouse for the fall. In our conversations, I’ve been struck by an often-repeated theme when I asked teens about why school hasn’t been working for them: anxiety. I have heard the story dozens of times now, teens for whom school has prompted … Read More

The power of an emotional education

By // January 6, 2016

How many of us have the chance to learn social and emotional skills as a part of our school experience? The reality is that very few of us ever have such an opportunity through formal education. But why? We put so much emphasis on learning academic skills, but why don’t we give the same importance to learning how to manage … Read More