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International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate Organization has formally authorized Vertex Partnership Academies as an approved International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for each of the Diploma and Careers programmes.

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 our students are required to pursue the IB Middle Years program in ninth and tenth grade, and then choose between the IB Diploma or IB Careers pathway for their junior and senior years. The authorization of the IB fits well with our virtues-based approach where everything is centered around the four cardinal virtues of Courage, Justice, Temperance and Wisdom. 

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high-quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision. 

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. Read the long list of colleges and universities that give college credit and scholarships to IB graduates.

Scholars will take the 8 IB MYP Courses and complete the MYP CORE requirements.

During Grade 10, students will also choose between the Diploma Programme and Career Programme to continue their education as upperclassmen.

Read more about our Middle Years Programme here.

Scholars who choose the Diploma Programme will be required to take three (3) Standard Level (SL) and three (3) Higher Level (HL) courses and complete the DP CORE requirements (Theory of Knowledge; Creativity, Activity, and Service; and the Extended essay.

Read more about our Diploma Programme courses here.

Scholars who choose the Career-related Programme path must pass two IB Diploma level classes of their choosing and complete the CP CORE requirements (Personal and Professional Skills, Language Development, Service Learning, and the Reflective Project).

Read more about our Career-related Programme here.


*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). For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit