About This School
In 2010, Lighthouse Baptist Academy had 13 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Virginia average is 18 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Lighthouse Baptist Academy Reviews
Religious legalism with the warmness of a military school
It is an independent school with no oversight (except for the associated church's pastor, who happens to be a relative of the school administrator... you see where this is going), resulting in an environment where students are pestered to the point of indifference toward God. It doesn't matter how many times you tell a child that Christ is the way to their salvation; if you constantly pick apart every aspect of their individuality, they will associate meeting the school's standards, not Christ, with their salvation, and will eventually give up and turn against God. This is a very real possibility, and I have seen it happen with my own eyes. I found a Bible trivia book in our student's bedroom that was a gift from a grandparent. Our child answered all the trivia questions correctly, and wrote "I hate the Bible" and "I don't believe the Bible" on the cover. Our child told us that God was restrictive and unreachable. This did not come from us; this came from the experience at Lighthouse. We are still trying to repair the damage and have made some progress (a different Christian school is now involved - one that gets it), but it's a fragile process. I have not commented on the academics of this school, because the spiritual aspect is far more important and in that regard I cannot recommend this school. Don't take my word for it; speak to any number of parents who have pulled their kids out of this school, or who have been denied re-enrollment because they don't go to Lighthouse Baptist Church.
I wouldn't want to go anywhere else.
As a student who has experienced the taste of several Christian schools, I am confident to say that this school has given me the best taste of all. With teachers who genuinly care for the students and above average academic standards, Lighthouse Baptist Academy is the place to be. Of course it has its faults (hence the four stars and not five), however, the strengths outnumber the faults by far. My experience at Lighthouse Baptist Academy has been a wonderful journey, and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else
My children have been going to Lighthouse Baptist Academy for a while now, and they love it! I have definitely seen amazing spiritual growth and academic improvements since they have started. The teachers are great and help each student personally, if they are struggling on a subject. I would recommend this school to anybody, and I am very pleased with it!
Great Bible teaching!
My children have been going to this school for more than 10 years and it has been a true blessing. They are the kind of school that helps the parents instill Biblical principals taught at home. We are so pleased with the leadership that The Lord has placed in the school and church. If you want to teach and live according to the Bible, than this is the place for you.
Find Other Options....Save Yourself the Disappointment and Grief!
As a transplant to Winchester, and as a college degreed educator, I sent my children to Lighthouse Baptist School with the expectations that the high standard of academics and influential spiritual teachings would continue forward from my children's previous experience at their other Christian school. What a mistake did we make! Most of the teachers hold a high school degree at best or offer little or no real field experience being qualified and degreed in their field as teachers. My older child spent her day playing recess for more than an hour each day as her curriculum was completed for the day by 11 am. My two younger elementary aged children were entertained with endless movies and long recesses. Academics, forget it! Odac competitions, they quit competing years ago. The technology and amenities they offer are either non-existent or pitiful. When I heard my daughter was learning how to use a Bunsen burner in high school via video only, I was finished with the high academic standard promises this school tries to sell to the public. There is a reason the enrollment numbers decline substantially as the grades increase, there is a reason new students come and go continuously, there is a reason this school has had 4 principals is 10 years, there is a reason there are always new teachers and never the same teachers! Look at other alternatives either in Winchester or in areas close by. Christian education is an investment to be made into your child's future and as I have found out personally, there are much better options for your children elsewhere!