Award Year: 2021

Jefferson Lighthouse Elementary School

1722 West 6th Street
Racine, WI, 53404-3211

(262) 664-6900

Dr. Jeremy Benishek, Principal at time of Nomination

Choice School

Racine Unified School District

School Website


Internationally-minded learners inquire, collaborate, and take action.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 21%
  • White: 40%
  • Hispanic: 26%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Two or more races: 7%
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Jefferson Lighthouse Elementary School, an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme School in Racine, WI, is defined in by our mission to prepare students to become "internationally-minded learners who inquire, collaborate, and take action." Jefferson administrators and teachers work to ensure our mission is met by focusing on three main levers: inquiry-based learning, social emotional learning, and collaboration.

Our academic focus is on inquiry-based learning and project-based learning, which ultimately enhances our school environment. Second, much of our social growth is predicated on our academic focus, but the social aspect comes through student collaboration and project-based learning engagements. Collaboration is a large part of our program, and we promote student collaboration through our IB learner profile - 10 traits that we want our students to strive to be. These 10 traits are: inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. Finally, our social emotional lever focuses on forming and maintaining positive relationships with families, students, and our community. We are not just a school in a bubble; we are a school community where we want to be partners with the district, our local stakeholders, and with our families.