Challenging traditional education

It is time to reconsider how things work. A school’s methodology must promote curiosity and a love of learning. It is the only way for children to play a leading role in their learning journey.

The solution: a modern educational program designed to ensure the success of our students

In more traditional systems, lecture and memorization were the main strategies for teaching new concepts, and the success of a student was measured by test scores.

Our methodology is meant to challenge educational paradigms, truly putting children at the center of the learning process, thereby instilling a deeper understanding of concepts that will be transferable to novel contexts throughout their lives.

Lighthouse is an American institution with its base in Europe, seeking to promote academic excellence.

High academic results are important, but we believe education should go a step further. We are committed to developing our students’ social-emotional intelligence in order to foster a constructive learning environment where we can create learning experiences that bring out the maximum potential within each individual.

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  • Traditional education can make students lose their motivation towards learning, due to the irrelevance of certain mandatory classes and the emphasis on memorization.


  • We learn 20% of what we hear, 50% of what we see and 80% of what we experience.

    Edgar Dale


We put the student and the family at the center of our methodology.

Learn by doing

Learning through experience

Learn by doing

Our students learn through practice and experimentation.
They can ascertain that what they learn every day at school can be used in real life situations, positively feeding their motivation.

Deep learning

Intrinsic motivation to learn

Deep learning

Significant and meaningful learning is only achieved when motivation is what moves a student and not fear.

Skills for the future

Tomorrow’s competencies

Skills for the future

We teach and evaluate what we believe are competencies for their future.
Those that are needed in order to solve tomorrow’s challenges: creativity, innovation, complex problem solving and emotional intelligence.

Talent search

Each and every one of us have a talent

Talent search

Every one of us is good at something. We all have a little talent that we enjoy doing and feel very motivated to learn.
At Lighthouse American School students, guided by their teachers, discover their talent and start developing it to their fullest potential.

Active bodies, active minds

Physical activity awakens your mind

Cuerpo activo, mente activa

It is widely known that physical activity and playing sports has a positive impact on our health, and additionally improves academic performance.

At our school, activities, classes, and even the spaces are designed to activate body and mind.

Risk Taking

Proactive students

Risk taking

We foster the enterprising talent of our students so they become more proactive in their lives.
We want them to pay attention to what is happening around them, feeling moved towards finding creative solutions, being able to understand the importance of learning from their problems.

Multiple intelligence theory

Each and every one of us stands out in one or more types of intelligence.

For us, it is simple, each child has a different way of learning.

We believe that this diversity directly impacts on the way we must teach our students.

Thus, keeping in consideration the multiple intelligence theory is crucial when learning, since it is what makes our students feel fulfilled and enjoy the experience of learning.

On the other hand, we know that the development of all intelligences is necessary and we enhance each and every one of them. 

  • Everything that is worth teaching can be presented in many diverse ways. These different approaches enable multiple intelligences.

    Howard Gardner, creator of Multiple Intelligence Theory

  • Letting students demonstrate their knowledge and skills in multiple and various ways, increases their motivation and learning pace

    Darling-Hammond, education teacher at Standford


Methodologies and curriculum


Core competencies
Languages (English)
Teaching innovation
Emotional intelligence

20th Century Schools

Memorization and solving logical problems
English as a foreign language or bilingual education
Not part of the curriculum
Teacher provides whole class direct instruction


Active learning
Building on current competencies for the future
Our teachers are 100% North American
Integrated CORE curriculum
6 methodologies based on self-motivation and curiosity
Integrated Core Curriculum


Philosophy and our spaces


Central focus
Teacher student ratio
Outdoor spaces

20th Century Schools

The content
Families must adapt to the school
1-20 (preschool) or 1-25 (primary)
Static and organized with desks in rows
Dominated by a sports field/court
Lots of homework, not coordinated across classes
One per subject
Seen as a threat, prohibited and restricted


Our students
Our school adapts to the needs of our students and families
1 teachers to 10 - 12 (infant and primary) students
Dynamic and flexible seating based on class activities
Variety of thematic playgrounds
Timely, meaningful and well-coordinated work per subject
Core content delivered by rich library and technology resources
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