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International Baccalaureate

Vertex Partnership Academies is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme / Diploma Programme / Career-related Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. 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. 

At the end of 10th grade, each Vertex student-scholar will be empowered to choose either: (1) the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme or (2) the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme. Students in either programme will be given the skills to exit high school ready to join the workforce or go on to post-secondary education.

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. 

Middle Years Programme

Middle Years Programme (Grades 9-10)

Student-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.

Diploma Programme

Diploma Programme (Grades 11-12)

Student-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.

Career-related Programme

Career-related Programme (Grades 11-12)

Student-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). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit