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International Baccalaureate

Vertex Partnership Academies is a Candidate School* for the International Baccalaureate (IB): Middle Years Programme (MYP), Diploma Programme (DP), and Career-related Programme (CP). This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Vertex believes is important for our students.

In 2023, Vertex Partnership Academies plans to apply for candidacy for the IB Diploma and IB Career-related Programmes. Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its academic programs.

At the end of 10th grade, each Vertex scholar will be empowered to choose either: (1) the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme that prepares them to enroll and thrive in premier colleges and universities in the country or abroad; or (2) the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme that prepares them to enter the labor market with professional skills and knowledge in a particular industry sector.

Why the IB?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) pioneered a movement of international education in 1968, and over 50 years in across 159 countries, it has become a world renowned leader of high quality and challenging educational programs. The IB offers Vertex Partnership Academies students a unique curriculum with high academic standards, that champions critical thinking and a flexibility for learning by crossing disciplinary, cultural and national boundaries for our international community in the Bronx. By partnering with the IB in a city with a rich diversity of cultures and a wide array of world class museums, galleries, and organizations, we will provide our students with a world class educational experience that will open doors to a world of opportunities. 

What are the benefits of the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)?

  • Students are challenged in all MYP subject groups

  • Students are involved in a globally respected program

  • Students make connections between subjects and global issues

  • Students learn and self-reflect on the ten Learner Profile attributes

  • Students are encouraged to think critically and independently

  • Students develop strong research and investigative skills

  • Students develop international and intercultural awareness

  • The MYP provides a strong foundation for success in the IB Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme

Middle Years Programme

Through the Middle Years Programme, Vertex students will:

  • build confidence in managing their own learning
  • learn by doing, connecting the classroom to the larger world
  • outperform non-IB students in critical academic skills
  • consistently have greater success in IB Diploma Programme examinations
  • thrive in positive cultures where they are engaged and motivated to excel
  • develop an understanding of global challenges and a commitment to act as responsible citizens

Diploma Programme

Through the Diploma Programme, Vertex will be able to develop students who:

  • have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge
  • flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
  • study at least two languages
  • excel in traditional academic subjects
  • explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course

Career-related Programme

The Career-related Programme is designed for students interested in pursuing a career-related education in the final two years of high school. It provides them with an excellent foundation to support their further studies as well as ensure their preparedness for success in the workforce.

We are currently building partnerships in the fields of healthcare, construction, and information technology. As we learn more about the interests of Vertex students, we will seek partnerships with additional industries. 

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit