McAllen ISD's Lamar Academy earned the prestigious International Baccalaureate Organization Award of Distinction January 26. The district earned this worldwide award due to its historical IB Diploma earning rate of 98.1% (highest in the world). The global average is just 79.3%. McAllen ISD has awarded more than 550 IB diplomas since 2003. Officials from the IBO presented the award to the district.