Académie Lafayette International High School provides more quality education options for Kansas City families.

Académie Lafayette began its International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB MYP) for middle school students in fall 2013. Our inaugural class (2020–21) will continue with IB MYP, as the programme extends to the first two years of high school.

Académie Lafayette is a candidate school * for the Diploma Programme (DP). Read more under International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

The culmination of the IB curriculum is the exams taken at the conclusion of each IB class, typically at the end of a student’s senior year. Many colleges recognize certain score thresholds as college credit or course equivalency.

* Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) can offer any of its academic programmes. Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

Courses Offered

Below are courses offered within the eight core disciplines in the IB MYP. To learn more about IB MYP and why it’s a good fit for Académie Lafayette, click the link on the menu at right.

Group One — Language & Literature

English Language Arts

Group Two — Language Acquisition


Group Three — Individuals & Society

World History
American History
Personal Finance

Group Four — Sciences


Group Five — Mathematics

Algebra I
Algebra II

Group Six — The Arts

Visual Arts
Music Performance

Group Seven — Physical Education

Physical Education

Group Eight — Design & Electives

Design: Introduction to Engineering
Design: Convergence Journalism
Elective: Academic Extension

Community Service

In keeping with a commitment to service and the education of the whole person, ALIHS requires 25 hours per year of community service. In 10th grade, IB MYP expects students to complete a personal project (learn more through the IB MYP page).

During each student’s first year at ALIHS, staff and visiting speakers will discuss the importance and value of community service and will provide information on a variety of community service projects. Students are expected to seek a variety of service programs during their first year and then settle on a community service project for the remainder of their time at ALIHS.

Advisory and community focus

A weekly advisory and community focus program ensures that students have an adult available for academic counsel during their high school career and are provided with opportunities for all-school assemblies, as well as community service and special projects. This time is intended to be a casual learning experience when the school community meets to make connections with the Greater Kansas City community. Activities may include outside speakers, performers, and field trips.

ALIHS Graduation Requirements

Subject Area
Missouri Requirements
College Readiness Track
Diploma Programme Track
English Language Arts 4 4 4
Mathematics 3 4 4
Science 3 4 4
Social Studies 3 4 4
Fine Arts 1 1 1
Practical Arts/MYP Design 1 1 1
Physical Education 1 1 1
Health 0.5 0.5 0.5
Electives 7 4.5 2
Personal Finance 0.5 0.5 0.5
Global Language N/A 3 4
Theory of Knowledge N/A N/A 0.5
Total Credits 27 27

All students will complete 100 hours of community service for graduation: 150 hours of Creativity, Action, Service (CAS), with 50 of those hours being service.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to convert your IB scores into traditional grades