A tremendous advantage of our current public school system is the opportunity for students to earn college credit while still in high school. This opportunity lessens the financial burden for families as students enter college.
Generally, schools will adopt one avenue for doing this and put resources into doing that well. Early College high schools partner with local community colleges to offer dual credit courses. Some schools use the College Board route and offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses. At Lamar, we invest our resources into building a strong International Baccalaureate Programme. IB Diploma level courses are available to all students at Lamar High School. We are the largest IB school in North America, and that takes a commitment to using resources to ensure our teachers are well trained and help students attain the skills and scores necessary to qualify for college credit.
At Lamar, we offer the full IB Diploma Programme (IBDP), with course work in all 6 academic areas. Students who commit to that work are accessing the most rigorous high school program available. A student who finishes and is awarded the IB Diploma earns the equivalent of one year of college credit at most universities. Students who participate in our IB Career-related Programme (IBCP) are enrolled in two or more IB Diploma classes. Those who finish the IBCP and are awarded the certificate will earn college credit for those individual courses and will also have earned an industry certification in the area of career study.
We also offer AP courses in the few areas in which IB courses are not available, for instance, U.S. Government. This allows students to maintain rigorous course options for all required courses. Lamar does not offer dual credit courses.
As students enter the spring semester of their 10th grade year, they will be asked to select either the IB Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Programme for their junior and senior years. We have held meetings this week during the lunch period for 10th graders and will have our IB Diploma Coordinator join us tonight at the PTO General Meeting to provide an overview for parents.
Announcing - New Course Offering
We are please to announce we will be adding a one-year IB Standard Level (SL) Philosophy course next year. This is a great addition to our one year courses already in place (IB Psychology, IB World Religions and IB Art History).
Every Thursday Lamar sends out a newsletter via school messenger to keep parents and students in the loop on what is happening on campus. Make sure you check here each Thursday to see what exciting things happened on campus.
Lamar would like to congratulate four of our Theater students for advancing to the Nationals Competition in June. Tavien Dickson will represent Lamar in Monologue, Sofia Bard and Julianne Moore in Duet Acting, and Alexi Thomas in Stage Management.
We have lots to celebrate this week. We have had students go to Region Treble Choir, completed in Houston Resilience Design Challenge and Youth Leadership Summit, Cross country Girls and Boys won District, Debate Team had a wonderful showing at Cypress Lakes High School and a Cross Country runner is heading to State.
Seniors it is time to purchase your Cap and Gown for Graduation. Balfour will be on campus Wednesday and Thursday, November 3 and 4 during lunch in the Transit Center.
The 2022 yearbook is NOW ON SALE!
Further, you can make the yearbook even more special for your student by creating a personalized ad at www.balfour.com! A yearbook ad is a loving tribute to your student, customized with photos, a photo collage, and/or own sentimental message.