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International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

The prestigious IB Diploma Programme is recognized as one of the most challenging college-preparatory curricula available and is offered in more than 2,460 schools in 146 countries. Only 942 schools in the United States, of which 14 are in Missouri, offer the IB Diploma Programme. 

North Kansas City Schools has the only International Baccalaureate Programme in the Northland. Two different International Baccalaureate Programs are offered to high school students across the district:

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  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP)
  • International Baccalaureate Career-related Program (IBCP)

Students taking IB courses and exams are assured that their courses of study conform to world standards, in addition to state and local standards. Students in the programs should be academically able and motivated, willing to work for this diploma of distinction and willing to learn and practice time management and study skills.

Those interested in learning more about the IB Diploma Programme, should contact Mitsi Nessa, coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, by calling (816) 321-5805 or read the International Baccalaureate Diploma guide.

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Explore your creative side with fine arts, music and performing arts classes in the IB program.

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The Career-related Programme offers several fields of study, including journalism!

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IB learners are open-minded and good communicators, valuing others' perspectives.

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International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme

North Kansas City Schools is pleased to offer the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP). The IBCP is an addition to the district’s established International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). The IBCP is designed to merge academic and career-related courses and to prepare students for work in the 21st century. It offers an academic qualification designed to support schools and colleges that offer career-related courses to their students. North Kansas City is currently offering career studies in engineering, biomedical science (Project Lead The Way), computer science (Project Lead The Way), culinary arts (ProStart), journalism, and teaching.

The IBCP provides students the basis for effective collaboration in the workplace, additional training in a career-related field, as well as improved mobility and flexibility in one’s employment. It encourages access to an IB education, skills development, self-reflection, and self-esteem through meaningful academic and career achievements.

Those interested in learning more about the IB Career-related Certificate, should contact Chad Lower, Ph.D., IBCP Coordinator at, (816) 321-5586 or by reading the International Baccalaureate Diploma guide


Located at:

North Kansas City High School
620 E. 23rd Avenue
North Kansas City, MO 64116

IB Guide 2023-2024 (PDF)

IB Diploma Program 4-Year Plan
IB Career-related Program 4-Year Plan

IB Agreement of Understanding - Juniors and Seniors

To join the IB Program in the 2024-25 school year, please check back during our transfer period (January 3-April 1, 2024). The transfer request form and statement of intent will be available here.


8th Grade IB Shadow Day

Dates to shadow IB students:
January 31 (Deadline to register is Jan 17)
February 28 (Deadline to register is Feb 14)


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For Prospective Students & Families

Are you a student or parent of a student interested in IB? Check out the recorded meetings below to learn more about the official IB Programme.

10th Grade IB Parent Meeting (May 2, 2023)

8th Grade IB Informational Meeting (February 2, 2023)


Contact Information

Mitsi Nessa

IB Diploma Programme Coordinator
(816) 321-5805

Dr. Chad Lower

IB Career-related Programme Coordinator
(816) 321-5586

Cymantha Beason

IB Program Administrative Assistant
(816) 321-6508