Magnet Programs

International Baccalaureate:
LPHS is certified by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) as a World School. For over 50 years, IBO has offered international educational programs from ages 3 through 19 emphasizing students' personal development in addition to academic rigor. The IB curriculum encourages students of all ages to:
  • Think critically and challenge assumptions
  • Make practical connections between their studies and the real world
  • Become more culturally aware, through the development of a second language
  • Be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly-changing world
Importantly, research confirms the value of IB programs. A 2016 study by the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research showed that CPS students completing four years of an IB program were 40 percent more likely to attend college, 50 percent more likely to attend a selective four-year college and significantly more likely to remain in college than those who didn't attend IB. Additionally, IB increased not only students' academic performance, but also their confidence and self-worth.
 
 
Performing Arts:
Drama Majors
The Drama Program at LPHS gives students the opportunity to study drama and acting for four years within the context of a college preparatory curriculum. Drama I includes the study of public speaking, oral interpretation of classical literature, improvisation, and the study of classic American plays. Drama II studies history of the theater (both Western and non-Western) and acting techniques and schools. Drama III and IV study production, directing, and theater management.
 
Music Majors
The Instrumental Music and Vocal Music Programs reflect a long tradition of music excellence and achievement within the context of a college preparatory curriculum. The Band, Orchestra, and Vocal Music groups have received the highest ratings in both city and state competitions over the past decade. The curriculum is designed to permit the serious music student the opportunity to, and challenge of, advancing through a fully-articulated four-year program.
 
 
Visual Arts:
Our Visual Arts program, now available as a magnet program, teaches students to develop as independent artists through a variety of course offerings, including Mixed Media, Drawing & Painting, Sculpture, Graphic Design, Digital Photography, IB Visual Arts, AP Studio Art, 2D Design, 3D Design and/or Drawing. Students in 11th and 12th grades can also participate in the IB Career-related Visual Arts Program.
 
 
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Students are encouraged to apply to all programs for which they are interested. To apply for any of these programs, please visit go.cps.edu. All applications for these programs are handled through the go.cps.edu website.