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Bob and Meg Ruley

Alumni Parent Testimonial

“Enrolling our daughters at Nantucket Lighthouse School was one of our best parenting decisions.”

Sarah Holton-Roth and Mark Lucas

Alumni Parent Testimonial

“We are so grateful to the Nantucket Lighthouse School for keeping wonder under and joy at the center of childhood for all three of our children.”

Cary Hazlegrove and Andy Bullington

Alumni Parent Testimonial

“The Nantucket Lighthouse School had a profound impact on the way we parented and how our daughter was given the tools to fully approach her future with curiosity, confidence and an undying eagerness to learn.”


The approach to teaching each child as an individual, was one of the deciding factors in our choosing the Lighthouse School. Just walking into the classrooms, I immediately “got it.” I knew this was not only a perfect fit for my child but also for my family.


The school is an integral part of our family life. It has profoundly affected my parenting and how I run my own life. It is inspiring to see how children are treated with care and thoughtfulness, both as individuals and as a group; they are taught to respect others. When we first enrolled, the Lighthouse School only went to third grade and, while we were there, it grew through the eighth grade and so we had our child at Lighthouse for eleven years.

I cannot imagine what turns our lives would have taken if we had not had this incredible school available to us. Having the Lighthouse School on our small island is a gift to the already wonderful lives we live here.

Our mission statement talks about “the creative act of learning.” Throughout our program, I am aware of how the school teaches a child to love to learn by inspiring and celebrating ‘self-expression’ through journaling and small class sizes that encourage thoughtful conversation and individualized learning. I am struck by the ease in which children learn in an environment that is surrounded by the handwork work that they make and how children are called upon to assess themselves, which gives them the responsibility for their actions. I value the way in which a strong academic curriculum is intertwined with beauty, nature, thoughtfulness, and care for each child. It is a very tactile approach to learning.

Education, in our current world environment, has lost sight of the child. We teach to a test, for some unclear end. The Nantucket Lighthouse School celebrates childhood, and teaches children a love of learning, and a respect for each individual.

Ruby Fee

Alumni Student Testimonial

Nantucket Lighthouse School was the BEST learning environment for me. When I graduated and went to my new school, I realized I was equal to or farther ahead of other students there. The classes at Nantucket Lighthouse School were always engaging. The teachers utilized activities that kids liked to do, which helped us learn what we had to. NLS fostered a very comfortable environment for kids. I never felt shy about speaking up and asking questions; at other places I often felt I would be made fun of or worried about sounding dumb. The Lighthouse School is so great. I wish I could be a student there again!

Zeb Bennett

Alumni Student Testimonial

I remember starting sixth grade after graduating from Lighthouse three months earlier. Having never gone to school anywhere else, I had numerous and mixed feelings about my place in these new surroundings. Out of all these emotions there was only one thing that made me nervous. I was afraid that I would be behind academically.

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I didn’t feel like I had learned the math and the grammar, history, science, etc. that everyone else was learning at my age. All I remembered was writing stories in my journal, drawing, knitting, building with Legos, being in plays, reading, going on field trips etc. What I was surprised to find in my first few weeks of sixth grade was that I was not behind at all. Somewhere within what I remembered doing at Lighthouse, I had learned all those things one assumes an eleven-year-old would know. This is a real testament to the way in which this school encourages its students to learn, and I know that I am better for having been there.