Battery Creek is the third high school world-wide to achieve Lighthouse School status

Battery Creek High achieves Leader In Me Lighthouse School status
Posted on 05/28/2021
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Friday, May 28, 2021

Battery Creek High School achieves elite status with international ‘Lighthouse School’ honors

BEAUFORT – Battery Creek High School (BCHS) has been certified and named as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by FranklinCovey Education based on the quality of the school’s student leadership programming modeled after the best-selling book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”

This recognition is evidence that BCHS has produced outstanding results in school and student outcomes by implementing the Leader in Me process with fidelity and excellence. “We have seen amazing results from implementing the Leader in Me process at our school, such as increased student voice, empowered student actions, and decreased behavioral challenges,” said Principal Chad Cox. “For example, a student who formally struggled with peers is now one of our top student leaders, has started a business, and as a result is an inspiration to other students.”

Being named a Lighthouse School demonstrates the extraordinary impact BCHS is having on staff, students, parents, and the greater community. “This process has not only had a significant impact on individual students, but on all of our students,” said Cox. “And, we expect to see greater results over time.”

“We are thrilled to recognize BCHS as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School,” said FranklinCovey Education President Sean Covey. “BCHS has experienced transformational results by implementing the principles and practices related to Leader in Me,” said Covey. “And, we are so pleased and honored to be their partner and to celebrate the success they are experiencing.”

Schools who achieve Lighthouse Certification have demonstrated a strong leadership model and process reflective of what it means to be a Leader in Me school:

  • The principal, school administration, and staff engage in ongoing learning and develop as leaders, while championing leadership for the school.

  • Leadership principles are effectively taught to all students through direct lessons, integrated approaches, and staff modeling. Students are able to think critically about and apply leadership principles.

  • Families and the school partner together in learning about the 7 Habits and leadership principles through effective communication and mutual respect.

  • The school community is able to see leadership in the physical environment, hear leadership through a common language, and feel leadership through a culture of caring, relationships, and affirmation. 

  • Leadership is shared with students through a variety of leadership roles, and student voice leads to innovations within the school.

  • Schoolwide, classroom, family, and community leadership events provide authentic environments to celebrate leadership, build culture, and allow students to practice leadership skills.

  • The school utilizes the 4DX® process to identify and track progress toward Wildly Important Goals (WIGs) for the school, classroom, and staff.

  • Students lead their own learning with the skills to assess their needs, set appropriate goals, and carry out action plans. They track progress toward goals in Leadership Notebooks and share these notebooks with adults in student-led conferences.

  • Teacher planning and reflection, trusting relationships, and student-led learning combine to create environments for highly engaged learning.

Since its official launch almost a decade ago, nearly 5,000 public, private, and charter schools across 50 countries have adopted the Leader in Me process, with nearly 600 schools having achieved the prestigious Lighthouse Certification. Notably, BCHS is only the third high school in the world to become Lighthouse Certified.

BCHS will maintain the Lighthouse Certification for two years and will continue to foster its growth and proficiency in exemplifying a leadership culture and principles. At the end of the two years, BCHS will recertify its Lighthouse Certification through a virtual self-assessment, describing and celebrating its growth and accomplishments since its original Lighthouse designation.

Three Leader in Me elementary schools in the district have previously earned the Lighthouse School distinction: Coosa, Joseph S. Shanklin, and Michael C. Riley.

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