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
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 courses they take. Students complete a culminating project in 10th grade known as the “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 grades. 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 than two IB Diploma level courses 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 with 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 experience. 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 in the junior year and one semester in the senior year. Students also participate in CAS (Community * Activity * 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 coursework. You can learn more about the IB Diploma Programme.