Lanier Middle School is a whole school International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program (MYP) School. We have been an authorized IB MYP middle school since 2003, and were the first in HISD to have this designation. This means that in addition to adhering to state and district curriculum, Lanier also incorporates the IB curriculum into all of our classrooms. The IB MYP is a 5 year program. The first 3 years of the program are here at Lanier at the final two years are offered at Lamar High School and Reagan High School. Lamar High School and Bellaire High School also offer the IB Diploma Program (DP) in grades 11 and 12. Students who graduate high school with an IB DP diploma can enter university with 24-52 hours of college credit. Lanier’s IB MYP is designed to build a frame work for students to be able to succeed in the IB continuum. We focus on the IB Learner Profile to encourage our students to be life long learners, the global contexts to get students perspective within their learning, and criterion based assessment in the form of subject-specific rubrics.

    Programme Model

    The Programme Model

    In the programme model for MYP, the center shows the student with the understanding that the learner profile is at the core of the programme.

    1st Ring

    Approaches to Learning (ATL) – demonstrating a commitment to developing skills for learning.

    Approaches to Teaching – collaborative learning through inquiry.

    Concepts – highlighting a concept-driven curriculum.  

    Global Contexts – showing how learning best takes place in context.


    2nd Ring

    Student-initiated action, which may involve service within the community.

    Community Project (Year 3/8th Grade) – MYP culminates in this student driven action project.

    3rd Ring

    Shows the broad and balanced curriculum of the MYP programme.  The distinction between subject groups blurs to indicate the interdisciplinary nature of the MYP.  The subject groups are connected through global contexts and key concepts.

  • IB 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 programs of international education and rigorous assessment.

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