Accelerated Cohort at International 

The Accelerated Cohort at International is designed specifically for students who have the motivation and habits of mind to meet above-grade level academic standards.  The mission of this program is to provide a rigorous academic experience for students who have demonstrated high achievement across content areas in middle school and would like to begin exploring our more advanced curriculum and content in their ninth grade year. ACI students stand ready to make a commitment to their education and the culture of scholarship at International High School.  ACI fosters student preparedness for International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment courses in Grades 10-12.  The Accelerated Cohort maximizes students’ learning experiences and their opportunities for admission to selective colleges and universities.
In addition to the PPS graduation requirements, ACI students will:
1)   Participate in a family orientation prior to acceptance into the program.
2)   Maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average each quarter.
3)   Complete subject-specific summer assignments/readings.
4)   Participate in freshmen orientation
5)   Participate in at least one extracurricular activity/sport each year/National History Day.
6)  Complete 150 total community service hours.
7)  Apply and interview for summer academic experiences on college campuses after freshman year (International staff will support students through this application process).


Application Process and Selection

Advanced credit programs such as the International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment require mastery of prerequisite skills to achieve the highest levels.
Applications will be available on this website beginning March 2015. In addition to the application, students will be assessed for entry into the Accelerated Cohort using multiple measures including:

1)   Interview
2)   PARCC Scores of 750 or higher in each subject area 
3)   STAR Reading and Math
4)   Cognitive Abilities Test (where applicable)
5)   Portfolio of Student Work
6)   Teacher Recommendations
7)   Report Cards
8)   Parent questionnaire



We are looking for students that are committed to academic excellence and growth. 
Approximately 25 students will be selected for admission to the Paterson Public School Accelerated Cohort. Students selected for the program will be admitted to an honors program aimed at preparing students for the rigors of advanced coursework during their 11th and 12th grade years. The selection committee at International High School will review applications.



International Baccalaureate 

On June 7, 2016, Paterson Public Schools received official confirmation from The International Baccalaureate Organization that its International Baccalaureate Program (IB) application had been accepted for International High School – which just completed its second year of a three year application process that will conclude with a verification visit from the organization in the fall of 2016.  

The International Baccalaureate Organization noted that the district had sufficiently met all relevant program standards and practices, which means that the rigorous acceptance process for this prestigious program is nearing completion.  Following the verification visit, IHS will offer the IB Diploma Program (DP), which is an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepare students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students.  The DP curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising Theory of Knowledge, Creativity, Activity, Service, and the Extended Essay. Through the DP core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service. 

The International Baccalaureate is a major step in the pursuit of the district’s stated mission to prepare each student for success in the college/university of their choosing and in their chosen career. This program puts Paterson at the forefront of educating children to be leaders in the expanding global economy and international relations.  Additionally, Paterson Public Schools will become the first in Passaic County, New Jersey to offer this prestigious curriculum to its students. 


Info for Parents about the IB Diploma Program

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