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BISB Announces Successful IBDP Exams

July 09, 2014

The British International School of Boston is proud to announce another successful year of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) examinations.

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BISB graduates earned an average score of 35.5 points on the 2014 IBDP exams, more than 5 points higher than the global average. The highest score earned was 44 points, only one point away from a perfect score.

Students must earn a minimum of 24 points to be eligible for an IB diploma. Again this year, 100 percent of British International School of Boston high school graduates met this challenge.

"We are absolutely thrilled with the performance of our 2014 graduates,” said Headmaster Paul Wiseman. "They continue the encouraging trend of ever improving results in the IBDP at our school by raising the average diploma point score by almost 5 points. They have each gained entrance to top flight colleges and universities. They merit our heartfelt congratulations on their most impressive and thoroughly deserved achievements."

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is considered the most rigorous high school diploma program in the world, and is highly-sought after by college admissions representatives in the United States and abroad.

To earn an IB diploma, students must take six subject exams, each graded by subject-area experts on a 1-7 point scale. Students must also complete a Theory of Knowledge course and write a 4,000-word independent primary research paper, for which they can be awarded up to three additional points.

In order to receive a diploma, students must also participate in creativity, action and service (CAS) activities throughout their two years in the program. The CAS requirement provides a counterbalance to academic studies, helping students to explore creative thinking, develop lifelong healthy habits and understand their capacity to make a meaningful contribution to their community. CAS activities bring learning into the real world and encourage problem-solving, collaboration and responsibility.

At the British International School of Boston, student scores have grown steadily since the first graduating class received their IB diplomas in 2010.

This year, twelve scores of 7 points (the highest score possible in a subject area) were earned by our students across several subject areas, including: History, English, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Visual Arts, Spanish and French.

With the successful exam results, the British International School of Boston Class of 2014 joins a community of more than 1.2 million other IBDP graduates in 141 countries around the world. Their completion of the IBDP earned them spots at some of the top colleges and universities in the United States and the world.