A Different Kind of School Support Partnership
Lighthouse’s team of experts lay a strong foundation for your school’s long-term success
Our Unique Model
At Lighthouse, we are committed to providing the support you need, when and how you need it. We support school leaders in creating independent, community-based schools with our customized service and training for school finance, operations, regulatory compliance and governance. A true partnership that ensures your schools success for generations to come!
Finance & Accounting
We lead the annual budgeting process, ensuring that the budget is a tool to support the school in pursuit of its goals. We develop, implement, and manage financial systems to ensure that the school is aware of its spending practices.
Our team of experts ensure the safe and efficient management of the school in all aspects, including student enrollment and records, master schedules and bell schedules, bus routes, food services, building safety drills, and everything that involves the day to day operations of a school.
Talent Acquisition & Human Resources
We work with the school team to identify position allocations, create and then implement the strategy for sourcing, onboarding and retaining talent. Our team of experts will also handle human resource concerns as they arise, and manage your employee benefits administration.
Professional Development & Coaching
We provide a series of workshops with an emphasis on school operations, sharing best practices and resources to help teams succeed. All participants receive a 360-degree evaluation with a focus on psychological safety and the languages of influence along with coaching to help them reach their goals.
We work with our schools to tell their story and create enrollment strategies that capture their vision and set achievable goals. Our team will review documentation, ensure lottery compliance, and foster meaningful community and family engagement to not only ensure a successful enrollment drive, but ensure student retention.
Facility Acquisition & Maintenance
We support our partnering schools with acquiring school facilities, whether they are temporary or a permanent location. Our team of experts will also provide a building maintenance infrastructure and will train your team to lead the maintenance of the building.
Data Reporting & Compliance
From grant and title reporting, to attendance, nutrition and school safety, we do it all. If your school has bond financing, we prepare all related reports and facilitate the school leader's participation in the annual shareholder call.
School Board Governance Training & Support
We recruit, train, and retain Board members, providing support identifying who should be recruited and retained, and we partner with Board on Track to provide efficient and effective board training.
Grants Management & Strategic Guidance
We help schools maximize their grant opportunities by helping them navigate the world of school grants. Our team of experts are strategic partners that ensure grant applications and compliance are managed appropriately and with excellence.
We provide a comprehensive approach to organizational strategy, setting long-term goals, and identifying opportunities for growth. Through SWOT analysis and stakeholder engagement, we develop a strategic plan that outlines a path to success and guides implementation. We can also facilitate implementation of the plan, ensuring objectives are met and progress is tracked.
Tiered School Support
For those embarking on the daunting journey of starting a school, our tiered support service can provide the foundation for long-term success. Our experienced team of educators and administrators will provide guidance and support throughout the entire process, breaking down overwhelming tasks into manageable steps. With our tiered school support, you will have the confidence and assurance you need to successfully launch your school.
Foundational Year to Year Two
Comprehensive services to set up and perform all financial, operational, regulatory compliance and governance functions for your school and set you on the path to success.
Policies and procedures
Employee Benefit Procurement and Administration
Board Governance Management and Training
Managed Support Service
Years Three and Four
Oversight to ensure your team
is hitting and exceeding all financial, operational, regulatory compliance and governance goals.
Tiered training and tools to gradually transition your team to local management of financial, operational, regulatory compliance and governance functions
Full-service charter renewal preparation
In year five, we put the finishing touches on preparing your team for independent success.
On-call consulting for all financial, operational, regulatory compliance and governance functions when your team needs support
Side-by-side oversight for all financial, operational, regulatory compliance and governance functions
Charter Renewal Support
When your focus is on your students
and the stakes are high
The average charter school renewal application process takes over 400 hours of preparation, which detracts from the school leader's and staff's ability to do the essential work of serving students and families well.
At Lighthouse, we know what it’s like to deal with labor intensive and high stakes charter renewal processes while running a school. We help you navigate renewal while ensuring your school is able to keep its focus on students, where it belongs.
Our team of experts streamlines renewal preparation and shines a light on your school’s unique impact, ensuring that your school's strengths are at the forefront of the renewal decision.
Our services include:
Creating and managing a customized renewal project plan built around your school’s renewal requirements and needs
Building a relationship with you and your school community to deeply understand and tell your school’s impact story
Crafting a clear and compelling written renewal application with the professionalism and visual impact that makes your school shine
Organizing and submitting your renewal documentation
Preparing you and your school community for site visits, interviews and presentations
Managing media associated with your renewal story