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 Major Program at Lincoln Park High School is a truly unique four-year program which allows students to explore all aspects of theatrical production, while developing skills critical to success in any number of professions.

The curriculum focuses on different aspects of Drama each year. Freshman year, students concentrate on performance. They perform scenes from a variety of plays, give speeches, and learn the essential skills of successful improvisation. As Sophomores, students study technical aspects of theatre, including lighting, sound, costuming and set design. Acting theory is also part of the tenth grade curriculum, as they read works by David Mamet, and Michael Shurtleff. In the program's third year, students write short plays and learn about the history of Theatre. Seniors concentrate on directing and producing-staging a play as a class project, and directing a series of short scenes. 
For more information about the drama major program and how to prepare for your audition, click HERE.
Music Majors
Thank you for your interest in our program. The Instrumental Music Program at Lincoln Park is a comprehensive, 4-year course of study in ensemble musicianship, individual musicianship and music theory. In addition to daily music classes, students participate in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with Honors, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate courses. Top ensembles at Lincoln Park in both Band and Orchestra participate in competitions, contests, and festivals throughout the Chicagoland area and across the state. Graduates of the program leave with the knowledge, skills, and technique to perform and participate in music for the rest of their lives, with many students who go on to pursue music degrees at some of the country’s top-rated university music programs. 
Students who apply for admission as a music major at Lincoln Park should have several years of study on their instrument and a true desire to grow musically in their high school years. Families should be prepared to make the necessary accommodations for required additional activities on school days and weekends. 
New 2023: There are no minimum test or GPA requirements to apply. 
Students will select an audition time in their GoCPS account. 
Audition Days: 
Instrumental Music 
November 14 3:30-5:30 - 150 slots
November 16 3:30-5:30 - 150 slots
December 7 3:30-5:30 - 150 slots
January 9 3:30-5:30 - 150 slots
Vocal Music 
November 14 3:30-5:30 - 150 slots
November 16 3:30-5:30 - 150 slots
December 7 3:30-5:30 - 150 slots
January 9 3:30-5:30 - 150 slots
For VOCAL audition requirements, click HERE.
For questions about the Vocal Music Program, please contact [email protected]
For INSTRUMENTAL audition requirements click HERE for more information. 
For questions about the Instrumental Music Program, please contact [email protected].
Music Major FAQs
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.
Details about the program and your auditions material can be found below. 
Please submit your audition materials here.

Students are encouraged to apply to all programs for which they are interested. To apply for any of these programs, please visit All applications for these programs are handled through the website.