By Nick Yates, ISB Communications
International School of Beijing (ISB) students have once again achieved excellent results in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, with an average score of 35 – five points higher than the global average.
ISB students' IB average has been at 35 points or above since 2009. Demonstrating consistent excellence, their average score has now been five to seven points above the global average for 10 years.
Our students achieved a pass rate of 99 percent in the latest round of IB exams. They are now preparing to take up places at top universities worldwide including Brown University, Columbia University, Princeton University, McGill University, Durham University, Imperial College London, University of Warwick, Tsinghua University, University of Hong Kong, and Les Roches.
ISB's academic program in the High School balances the breadth of the IB Diploma Programme with a choice of courses tailored to individual student interests. Head of School Patrick Hurworth explained ISB's inclusive and bespoke approach when helping students choose studies and qualifications to pursue, and congratulated students on their academic achievements.
"One of the things we pride ourselves on at ISB is offering different pathways through High School," he said. "In 11th and 12th grade, there are other options for students than the full IB Diploma. Some choose to study a few IB courses rather than taking on the full requirements of the IB Diploma Programme. Others will mix regular classes, IB classes and online offerings as their path. This is an example of what we consider to be our personalized approach to learning.
"Those who do participate in the full Diploma Programme are undertaking the most challenging of college preparatory courses. I applaud the success of every student in our school, whichever path they have chosen through the last two years of High School."
Mr. Hurworth said the IB results acted as an endorsement of ISB's inclusive and bespoke approach. "Our IB Diploma results are one indicator of the strength of our program, and to see the class of 2018 achieve a 35 average provides evidence of another year of IB success.
"We have an open enrollment philosophy to the IB program, meaning that each student can participate if he or she and their counselor determine that they will flourish and benefit from learning in the IB and that it is the best route to university acceptance. Some schools around the world have a more exclusive approach. I am happy to report that ISB approaches participation in the IB Diploma Programme with a student-first ethos."
While applauding the students, Mr. Hurworth thanked High School Principal David Munro, High School Assistant Principal Lorraine Wicks, IB Curriculum Coordinator Belinda McRoberts, and all High School counselors and teachers for their work preparing the students for exams.