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Welcome to Lamar High School

  • Prin. Rita GravesPrincipal: Rita Graves 
    Phone: 713-522-5960

    Lamar High School is an International Baccalaureate school whose goal is to provide the best opportunity for a diverse group of students to receive a rigorous, internationally accredited education, with a broad range of extracurricular activities, in a safe and nurturing environment. The goal of the IB is for students to be challenged academically, while also finding creative and physical fitness outlets, getting involved in the community around them, and developing a global view that takes the student beyond their immediate environment.

    Principal's Corner  

    This week the leadership team reviewed data that would inform us on the effectiveness of our actions related to our improvement goals.  I would like to share some of that information with you.  I am thrilled with the many areas of improvement this year. 
    • GOAL 1:  Increase and improve access to counseling services for students.
      • Through our partnership with Communities in Schools, three full time mental health professionals were placed on the Lamar campus during the 2019-2020 school year, as well as one fulltime administrator with counseling certification.  The total cost of the program was $418,262.  Lamar funded $254,280, and $163,982 was underwritten by CIS donors. 
      • Over the course of the school year prior to shutdown, 157 students received regular, weekly mental health counseling on campus.  Another 535 students were supported through short-term walk-in counseling support.
      • After shutdown, 185 students were provided mental and behavioral support. 
      • CIS partnered with 350 community agencies for referrals, and facilitated Lunch Bunch groups for students struggling with relationships and belonging, as well as Breakfast Club for students struggling with the transition to high school.  Additionally, CIS partnered with Montrose Counseling Center to provide SAFE Zones therapeutic support group.  The following is a demographic breakdown of students receiving regular support through CIS: male – 31%, female – 69%, Hispanic – 29%, Black/AA – 43%, White – 20%, Asian – 2%, Two or More – 6%.
    • GOAL 2: Improve school culture, reduce discipline rates and increase access to high quality teachers for all students.
      • 2019-2020 Attendance Rate: 96.14% (previous 2-yr history 94.54%, 94.27%)
      • 2019-2020 Graduation Rate: 93.5% (previous 3-yr history: 91.0%, 86.7%, 87.4%)
      • Discipline Rate: 114 Out of School Suspensions (previous year: 183); 7 Disciplinary Placement Referrals (previous year: 13)
      • Student Survey Results: >85% of respondents indicated the neighborhood system was an area of strength for Lamar. (Administrators are continuing to breakdown the survey results related to academic rigor, support services and availability of administration.)
    • GOAL 3: Develop IB course options to support more students in earning the IB Diploma or IB Course Certificates through the IB Career-Related Program.
      • IB Diploma Programme Candidates for 2020: 263
      • IB Career-related Programme Candidates for 2020: 40
      • Rising 12th Graders continuing in IB Diploma Programme in 2020-21 school year: 314
      • Rising 12th Graders continuing in IB Career-related Programme in 2020-21 school year: 111
      • Rising 11th Graders entering IB Diploma Programme in 2020-21 school year: 224
      • Rising 11th Graders entering the IB Career-related Programme in 2020-21 school year: 353
      • Through our partnership with CIS, nine partners provided volunteers for tutoring and mentor support for a total of 284 hours of in-kind service.


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