Lighthouse Academy


The LIU’s Lighthouse Academy delivers intensive levels of intervention to challenged students in the initial stages of their school careers in order to prepare them educationally and emotionally for a successful transition back to their neighborhood schools. The Academy provides a culture of success and optimism in which students learn to manage and control their own behaviors, to gain the required academic skills, and to successfully function at home, school, and in the community. All of the activities of the academy occur within the context of positive behavior management strategies. The academy operates within the positive belief that students, parents, educators and therapists can work together toward the achievement of individualized student goals.

  • We operate within a research based, school-wide effective behavioral support model which fully integrates educational and mental health services.
  • Post-discharge follow-up and formal transition services for the student, family and home school are integral to our design.
  • Our rich support system serves as a “Springboard” to a successful integration into a less Restrictive environment.

Services Offered

Each day will include educational instruction by a classroom teacher that follows the curriculum of the referring school as best as possible. Interspersed throughout the day are individualized therapeutic interventions, all aimed at building the skills required for return to and success in the home school classroom. Specific intervention techniques that may be part of a child’s treatment plan include:

  • Biopsychosocial and functional behavioral assessments
  • Behavior modification, assertiveness and social skills training
  • Art
  • Challenge-based therapy
  • Modeling of behavior and academic skills
  • One-to-one and group counseling
  • Individual and group support to children and parents
  • Psychiatric services
  • Intensive transition services


  • Children in grades K to 8 who have been identified as emotionally disturbed under IDEA can be considered for admission.
  • Academy students will have emotional and social needs that impede their day-to-day functioning in a typical school environment.


  • To deliver family-focused and intensive levels of intervention
  • To challenge students to achieve to the best of their academic, social and emotional levels
  • To prepare students for a successful transition back to their neighborhood schools

Contact Information

The Lighthouse Academy
1001 PA-315
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705

Drew RiveraJonathon LastovicaGerald Gilsky
PrincipalTreatment CoordinatorDean of Students