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Welcome From Our CEO

About Us

Hello. My name is Ian Rowe, CEO and co-founder of Vertex Partnership Academies

I am proud to welcome you to the Home of the Lions! Opened in 2022, Vertex Partnership Academies is a virtues-based, International Baccalaureate (IB) public charter high school located in the Soundview section of the Bronx. We seek to develop virtuous high school graduates who have acquired the habits, knowledge, and personal agency necessary to lead self-determined, purposeful lives of American and global citizenship.

Our vision is to develop internationally-minded, tenacious learners guided by the four cardinal virtues of Courage, Justice, Temperance, and Wisdom. The four cardinal virtues shape every aspect of school culture, discipline, canon, rituals, curriculum, and the books we read. Read more about our Cardinal Virtues here

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate is regarded worldwide as the "gold standard" in college preparation. Vertex Partnership Academies is proud to be an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School approved to offer each of the Diploma and Careers Programmes in the junior and senior years.

With this prestigious authorization, Vertex Partnership Academies is one of literally a handful of high schools worldwide that is an IB For All School offering three IB programs, meaning that 100% of Vertex students are required to pursue the IB Middle Years Program in 9th and 10th grade, and then choose between the IB Diploma or Careers pathway for their 11th and 12th grade years. 

The IB is among the most well recognized and most well respected educational programs by premier colleges and universities around the world. High school students that complete the IB, such as students that graduate from Vertex Partnership Academies, will have dramatically higher chances of being accepted at top colleges and universities. For example, at Harvard University, IB graduates have been prioritized due to the challenging nature of the IB program, with IB graduates having more than double the acceptance rate of Non-IB applicants. Read the long list of colleges and universities that give college credit and scholarships to IB graduates. For more about IB programs at Vertex Partnership Academies, click here.

Our Campus

Vertex Partnership Academies is situated on its own entire campus in Community School District 12 in the Soundview section of the Bronx. The campus is nearly one street block long and consists of two classroom buildings: 1160 Beach Avenue and 1143 Taylor Avenue; a private parking lot; a theater for stage production, plays and musical concerts; and a private 40,000 sq ft natural grass athletic field that accommodates students to play a range of sports including soccer, baseball, softball, football, track, volleyball and basketball. For more on our historic campus, click here.


Schedule a Visit

Our leadership team, including myself, Head of School, Brian Giglio, and Founding Principal, Joyanet Mangual, welcome you to visit Vertex Partnership Academies at 1143 Taylor Avenue Bronx, NY 10472. Please click here to arrange a tour. 

In the meantime, please explore our website to learn more about our school, including the urgent need we are addressing to offer more high-quality education options, our academic philosophy, student life, athletics, admissions, hiring, and a few of the many extraordinary experiences we provide to our students, ranging from visits to the U.S. Supreme Court with Associate Justice Clarence Thomas in Washington, DC, to spending five weeks during the summer at the prestigious School of Ethics and Global Leadership in London, England.  

With Gratitude,

Ian V. Rowe

Go Lions!