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.
IB Programmes at Lamar
I want to dedicate this week’s Principals Corner to explaining the difference between the three IB Programmes available at Lamar.
IB Middle Years Programme (MYP): All 9th and 10th graders participate in the IB Middle Years Programme. Courses are provided at the advanced and recommended level for the grade level. All teachers are trained in the Middle Years framework and students engage in learning that is intellectually challenging and helps them see the connection between the contents they learn. Students complete a culminating project in 10th grade know as “Personal Project”. You can learn more about the Middle Years Programme.
In the Spring semester of 10th grade, student, parent and Academic Dean map out an academic plan for 11th and 12th grade. Students can participate in the IB Career-related Programme or the IB Diploma Programme. IB Career-related Programme (IBCP): The IBCP is our newest program. Students who select the IBCP will complete a four-year career sequence and earn an industry certification before the end of the senior year. IBCP students will also participate in no less that two IB Diploma level course, earning college credit, and participate in a Professional and Personal Skills course. Students will complete a culminating reflective project that correlates to their chosen field of study. This programme allows students to leave high school will some college credit and an industry certification that can be used immediately. This programme can provide students with experiences that may make them stand-out candidates for jobs and internships after high school. You can learn more about the IB Career-related Programme.
IB Diploma Programme (IBDP): The IBDP is the most widely known IB programme and is a rigorous and academically challenging venture. Students will participate in six areas of study, with the expectation that students will test in 3 Higher Level courses and 3 Standard Level courses. A part of the core of the programme is Theory of Knowledge, taken for one semester junior year and one semester in the senior year. Students also participate in CAS (Community * Action * Service) and produce an Extended Essay on a field of study that interests them. This programme results in up to 26 hours of college credit, but more importantly sets up college bound students for experience with a full load of college level course work. You can learn more about the IB Diploma Programme.
New IB Music Standard Level Available in 2021-22 School Year
We are thrilled to offer a new IB Music course to juniors and seniors. The course is available at the Standard Level (SL) and is a one year course. Students must have 2 years of music experience and be able to read music.
Description from IB Music Subject Brief:
“The IB Diploma Programme standard level music course seeks to develop students’ knowledge and potential as musicians, both personally and collaboratively. IB Diploma Programme music students are required to study musical perception and actively listen to a wide range of music from different parts of the world, musical cultures and time periods. They also develop aural perception and understanding of music by learning about musical elements, including form and structure, notations, musical terminology and context. Through the course of study, students become aware of how musicians work and communicate. In addition, the course enables students to:
- enjoy lifelong engagement with the arts
- become informed, reflective and critical practitioners in the arts
- understand the dynamic and changing nature of the arts
- explore and value the diversity of the arts across time, place and cultures
- express ideas with confidence and competence
- develop perceptual and analytical skills
- develop their knowledge and potential as musicians, both personally and collaboratively.”