Who We Are

Arkansas Lighthouse Academies focuses on providing opportunities for scholars to receive high-quality instruction through a unique academic curriculum. We embrace Every Student, engage Every Voice, and empower scholars Every Day by offering unique programs and access to life-changing opportunities that are possible only through educational equity.

We exist because there is a staggering achievement gap in the American educational system, resulting from multi-generational income inequities that significantly affect the quality of life in our communities.

The Lighthouse Academies team believes we can change these disparities, and as a result, we can transform lives. By offering a unique academic approach to children affected by these disparities, we offer scholars and their families instruction that develops students academically and as individuals.

History of Arkansas Campuses

Lighthouse Academies opened its doors to Arkansas families in 2009 at our Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School. Since that time, we have expanded to include three additional academies: Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School - Flightline (5-8), Pine Bluff Lighthouse Charter School (K-8), and Capital City Lighthouse Charter School (K-5). We’re preparing scholars to be the next generation of industry leaders, ground-breaking scientists, and even agents of social change.

Since 2016 our scholars have achieved a 97% graduation rate, a 95% college acceptance rate, and awarded nearly $20 million in grants and scholarships.

Meet Our Team

Arkansas Regional Staff

LaShawnDa Noel

LaShawnDa Noel

Executive Director of Arkansas

Isaiah Cosio

Isaiah Cosio

Vice President of Academics for Arkansas

Laura Cuebas

Laura Cuebas

Deputy Director of Operations

Wendell Scales

Wendell Scales

Deputy Director of Innovation

Brian Williams

Brian Williams

Safety and Facilities

Melony Phillips

Melony Phillips

Director of Student Services 

Carrie Acrey

Carrie Acrey

Assessment and Licensure Coordinator ESOL