Nearly 2000 UAE students celebrate IB resultsJuly 9, 2017, 7:10 am GMT
Nearly 2000 UAE students received their results for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). Almost 160,000 students globally sat the IBDP examination in May 2017.
The average diploma score for the UAE was 31.59 points (of 45 possible maximum), while the global average was 30 points.
Commenting on the global results, IB director general Dr Siva Kumari said: "To all Diploma Programme graduates in our May 2017 session, to their IB teachers and IB Coordinators, our heartiest congratulations. Every six months, we are extraordinarily privileged to witness what you have collectively achieved to meet some of the highest international learning standards in education. The IB's preparation for entry to higher education is second to none and, in recognition of this, the world's finest universities welcome DP graduates as academically well-prepared humanists, who will make mindful contributions to our world today and in years to come."
"These effects are also confirmed by independent studies, so we know that the IB increases students' academic achievement, and the probability of high school graduation and college enrollment. Other independent studies prove that our students are well-prepared to succeed in post-secondary study. And, perhaps most importantly, they are set to make important and inspiring contributions to their communities, and will help achieve the IB's mission of education for a better world. I wish them all good luck and best wishes for a future we know they will tackle with energy and ingenuity."
Jumeirah English Speaking School
In Dubai, Sara Dube from Jumeirah English Speaking School achieved a perfect score with 45 points overall and A grade in both her Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge. This feat was made more difficult by her choosing four Higher Level subjects, instead of the usual three, and completing her Extended Essay in a foreign language. Fewer than 200 students globally achieve 45 points each year, and JESS students have achieved this score in four of the last five years.
Another JESS student - Kareem Kubeisy - also achieved 45 points, with Level 7 in all his six subjects. Kubeisy's original score was 44 points, but his Theory of Knowledge grade was increased to an A grade by the IB organisation.
JESS' 2017 cohort included nearly 100 mixed ability students. The school's overall average score was 35.3, while the global average of 30 points was met or exceeded by 92% of JESS students. 55.7% of students achieved 35 points or more, equivalent of two A* and two As at A-level; while 18.2% of students scored 40 points or more, equivalent to more than 4 A* at A-levels.
JESS IB coordinator Kosta Lekanides commented: "Once again the hard work, commitment and genuine endeavour of our students, our teachers and the IB team have worked to produce another batch of stellar results. I could not be happier for our 2017 cohort."
A total of 387 students from GEMS Education schools, including GEMS World Academy, Dubai, GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis, Dubai American Academy, GEMS Wellington International School, GEMS Modern Academy and GEMS American Academy, Abu Dhabi achieved their IBDP this year.
91% of GEMS students who opted for the IBDP successfully completed the programme in 2017. Several students exceeded an average score of 40.
The top three achievers – Alexandra Haines from Dubai American Academy, Audrey Cordelle from GEMS World Academy, Dubai and Ivan Szergyuk from GEMS Wellington International School, all score an impressive 44.
GEMS Education vice president education (US & IB curriculum schools) James MacDonald said: "We are very proud of this year's cohort of IBDP students and their results. Thanks to rigour of the IB curriculum and our wonderful GEMS educators, our graduates are extremely well prepared for their next steps in life, which includes attending some of the world's highest rated universities. We wish them all the best and congratulate them again."
Emirates International School - Meadows
Emirates International School - Meadows student Armin Ghofrani also achieved a perfect score of 45, studying Higher Level Maths, Physics and Chemistry.
Two students - Vishal Kumar and Rahul Samuel - also achieved 44 points.
The top-performing student at Dubai International Academy was Rohan Goel with 44 points. 76% of the school's cohort achieved 30 points or more, while 17% scored 38 points or more.
At Raffles World Academy, Janan Mostajabi scored 43 points, while 69% of the 2017 cohort scored 30 points or more, and 33% of students scored 36 points or more. Also notable is RWA Emirati student Zuhdi Alkhatib's score of 41 points.
Al Bateen Academy
Al Bateen Academy students also beat global averages, with an average point score of 32.3. Of the graduating students, five achieved a point score above 40 out of a possible 45. They included twins Marius and Saulius Pakstys, who achieved 43 and 41 points respectively, alongside Yazan Abu Yousef, Zena Younes, and Damin Attygalle.
The two highest scoring Emirati students at the school secured 38 points and 34 points.
Al Bateen Academy's head of senior school and IBDP coordinator Dr Chiara Tabet commented: "We have had some phenomenal academic performances, including students who managed to achieve the highest possible point score in challenging subjects such as Higher Level Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In addition to this, for the second year in a row, the majority of our subject results are well above the world average. Well done to our second cohort and all the best in your university studies."
Uptown School celebrated its first graduating class, with a 100% pass rate. The highest score achieved was 39, while the school's average score point was 31.
At Raha International School, two students achieved 43 points - the highest among this year's cohort. The average score at the school was 32.5.
Jumeirah Baccalaureate's cohort of 13 diploma students achieved a 100% pass result.. The average score for the school was 32.4 points, while the high score was 38 points.
Two students at Greenfield Community School achieved a score point of 40, while the school's average score this year was 30.
Taaleem director of communications Clive Pierrepont noted: "As an inclusive education provider we are very encouraged that our schools continue to see its students excel in the IB examinations. We believe that nearly all of our students are now be able to continue on their chosen further education career paths, including those who aspired to Oxbridge and Ivy League Universities."
British International School , Abu Dhabi
The 2017 IBDP cohort at The British International School Abu Dhabi achieved an average point score of 32, beating the global average. The school's diploma pass rate of 94% was also higher than the global average of 79%.
The school's highest achiever, Tanya Mathur, scored 42 points, placing her in the top 4% of diploma candidates worldwide. Another student - Absarina Azizan - scored 40 points.
Repton School Dubai
At Repton Dubai, 79% of the school's IBDP candidates gained 30 points or more. The average score at the school was 34 - four points above the world average, while the top score was 43.
Additionally, 21% of IBDP students at Repton Dubai earned a score of 38 points.
Repton Dubai headmaster Jonathan Hughes-D'Aeth said: "We are delighted by the excellent performance of our IB Diploma students in this year's May exams. Special mention should be made of the 21% of the candidates who achieved over 38 points placing them amongst the top 15% of all candidates sitting the IB Diploma. We had our largest and most diverse cohort ever with 47 candidates sitting the diploma and they achieved an average of 34 points ( above the IB World average of 29 points). With many of them having English as their second or even third language, this is particularly commendable."
This story will be updated throughout the week as more schools send us their results. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like your school's results to be featured in our round-up.
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