The Lighthouse Program uniquely serves the educational needs of highly gifted students, ages 6 to 18, within the public school system in Spring Lake Park, Minnesota. Located on a high school campus, Lighthouse students have the option of taking traditional high school classes and also engage in self-directed learning. The Program utilizes cutting edge educational theory to challenge students to reach their full potential. Began in 2003 with six students, demand for the program’s innovative approach to gifted learning has resulted in annual double digit growth. It is the only program in the region willing to rapidly expand to meet the growing demand for full-time gifted education.
The Program attracts students from many districts in Minnesota, from surrounding states, and even from other countries. More than 95% of our students reside outside the district boundaries. The Program enrolls students continuously on a space available basis.
The Lighthouse Program recognizes that gifted children have an insatiable desire to learn and provides an environment that nurtures that desire. Students are encouraged to become independent learners with guidance from teacher-facilitators. When students become intellectually excited, they have the opportunity to spontaneously share their discovery with their peers. Learning often becomes contagious in this open environment.
Lighthouse students work at their own pace and ability level within each subject area regardless of their chronological age. Working independently, unique learning styles are naturally accommodated and creative demonstration of mastery is encouraged. Academic competitions are encouraged and provide an opportunity for students to work collaboratively, often with great success.