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Learn About Our Restorative Approach to Education

At Lighthouse Academies, we have the tremendous responsibility of helping our scholar achieve academic success – but work inside the classroom is just one part of what we do. We also set our students up to be successful in life by taking a restorative approach. This unique way of managing behavior and developing social interactions values relationship, restitution, and repair over traditional and ineffective methods of punishment.

Our scholar will no doubt experience hardships and adversity throughout their lives, both during and after their time at LHA. By following restorative practices as outlined by RestorativeUS, we prepare students to persevere through personal and political injustices, problem solve collaboratively, and take ownership of their actions.

LHA Can Help You Make a Difference

Lighthouse Academies can provide both online and virtual support to help schools or districts:

  • Define the current reality. By collecting data, we can help teachers, students, and families fully understand how their current practices impact student learning and social development.
  • Create a restorative vision. After making the case for following a restorative approach, LHA can help to create a realistic vision or restorative practices and develop a rollout plan for implementation.
  • Commit to restorative practices. LHA can work with student groups and other leadership teams to create a strong foundation for restorative practices.
  • Revise policies and procedures. With approval of local boards, LHA can help to set the stage for restorative work by revising student handbooks and codes of conduct.

See Real Results

As of 2017, LHA has helped 17 schools in five states implement restorative practices. These institutions have seen an 80 percent reduction of out of school suspensions in just two years.


As an Educational Liaison, I work with schools around Indiana to insure appropriate programs for students who are active with DCS. I have never had the pleasure to work with more caring and creative educators than at Lighthouse Charter. They provide outstanding educational and behavioral support to the students in their care. They are also most collaborative in creating “out of the box” solutions for kids. They provide Restorative Justice when finding a solution. I have seen many schools that say they do this but Lighthouse is the only one I have found that models this. These schools are a model for others to follow. Thanks for all you do for kids and for supporting such a gifted staff.
Mary Jo Dare, Ed.D

From Our Students

  • “I didn’t know you even liked me. I always wanted to be friends but thought you hated me. Now I know that’s not true.” (Two girls talking on the Peace Path after a verbal confrontation)
  • I learned you don’t have to lie – people are here to help me when I make mistakes.” (A boy who stole a candy from a desk and then lied about taking it, the teacher and the boy walked the Peace Path)
  • “I didn’t want to talk about it with her but it felt better after we did.” (Two girls talking through a conflict on the Peace Path)
  • “I found out it didn’t have to be a fight – after talking about it I found out it was just a misunderstanding.” (Two girls talking after a fight)
  • “I didn’t think anybody liked me. I found out that I just THOUGHT people were talking about me but it wasn’t true.” (A boy after talking through an issue with a girl.)
  • “Now I know why they call it the Peace Path. I feel much more peaceful now." (A boy talking through a verbal confrontation with another boy.)