Jefferson Lighthouse IB

Jefferson Lighthouse IB


International Baccalaureate (IB) is a nonprofit, educational foundation.  It was founded in 1968 and offers three different educational programs that help students develop the intellectual, academic, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.  Please visit the IB website for more detailed information on the programme.

Five Essential Elements

The five essential elements—concepts, knowledge, skills, and action—are incorporated into the IB framework, so that students are given the opportunity to:

  • gain knowledge that is relevant and of global significance
  • develop an understanding of concepts, which allows them to make connections throughout their learning
  • acquire transdisciplinary and disciplinary skills
  • develop attitudes that will lead to international-mindedness
  • take action as a consequence of their learning

Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end, the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Learner Profile Traits

IB stresses the importance of educating students holistically and promotes the philosophy that all students should be: 

  • Inquirers
  • Communicators
  • Caring
  • Reflective
  • Principled
  • Open-Minded
  • Thinkers
  • Balanced
  • Knowledgeable
  • Risk-Takers

The ten IB Learner Profile attributes are traits that your child will develop during his/her years at Jefferson Lighthouse.  These traits will help their development becoming Internationally Minded lifelong learners. 

IB Leaders

IB Leaders are 4th and 5th-grade students chosen to fill leadership roles at Jefferson Lighthouse. The students are elected by the school staff and are nominated by their peers. We have IB Ambassadors and Peer Mediators in our building. Ambassadors lead the school in areas of our IB Primary Years Programme. Mediators are trained to participate in and promote conflict resolution sessions with our student body.