At Lighthouse Prep we believe the first five years of a child’s life are the most important in terms of relationships and experiences.  During this time, a child’s brain is the most active in development and it is essential for rapid learning to take place.

Our mission is to create programs and services that empower the lives of young children and their families.

Our teaching approach will help children develop self-control and confidence, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, social skills, etc. We also strongly encourage language and physical development. Lighthouse Prep is a Christian based preschool. We are so happy to have your child with us and we look forward to the opportunity to “team up” with you in educating your child.



With Palatka roots, April Annis founded her first school there in August 2011 called Round Lake Academy. It was located inside of a church and very well received by the community.

To St. Augustine

In love with the direction of her childcare career, April branched out July 1st, 2012 when she opened the doors to Lighthouse Prep. It debuted as a newly renovated Christian Preparatory School.


2013 was a time for updates. Lighthouse Prep got a new main facility with a building that includes new offices and an indoor gym.

Moving Up

2014 meant a time for growth for Round Lake Academy when it moved to a new, bigger location. Admittedly, leaving the church was hard but having that foundation has been such an inspiration for success.

Lighthouse Prep focuses on providing an educational and spiritual experience. Through age appropriate learning and exposure to the tools necessary to promote a healthy and balanced way of living, our kids excel above and beyond expectations. We use a Montessori-type approach mixed with a structured class setting and believe in positive reinforcement.

Learning Methods

Houghton Mifflin

Creative Curriculum

Links to Literacy