In just the second year of our IB programme - and in the face of great adversity.
Our Class of 2020 have achieved NACIS IB's first 40+ points this year, with a top score of 41 falling in the top 5% of IB students globally, almost half of the class (45%) awarded 37+ points and almost two thirds (63%) scoring above our average 35.
In other amazing results, 27% of students achieved the maximum 3 Core points (TOK and Extended Essay), placing them within the top 10% globally for the DP Core. The students were awarded top scores for Extended Essays in Chinese A, Chemistry and Visual Arts - with Chemistry and Visual Arts written in their second language, English.
We have also had fantastic subject-specific results. One highlight is the first ever group of NACIS DP Physics students, guided by the same teacher for four years, and almost half of the class achieved top scores of 7 .
In another first-time course, the challenging Visual Arts HL, students also earned high scores of 6. Strong language skills were recognised with over 90% achieving 6-7 in Chinese A and English B. In fact, across all subjects this year, students received top grades of 6-7.
Additionally, on an individual student level, we can see great personal achievements for every single student. Whether for a specific subject, EE, TOK, or total points, every student has an achievement they can be proud of.
Of course, we again achieved a 100% pass rate, with 100% of students also being awarded the Bilingual Diploma in recognition of their language skills.
Compared to a global pass rate of 78.75% and an average of 29.9, the NACIS IB programme is again performing well ahead of global averages. Results also show our NACIS IB students performing above the global NAE average, and also impressively increasing our IB outcomes year on year - a feat compared to current trends.
Especially knowing how IB assessment and grading has been impacted by the global disruption this year, these are excellent results for our cohort. Although analysis of results continues, it is important to celebrate the achievements and recognise the hard work of this year's students across the 2 years of their Diploma Programme. The public discussion of IB results also can't be ignored - without exams, students are left to demonstrate their ability through coursework and a specialised, complex IB grading process.
In a symbolic twist, our "12 Sycamore" class most certainly have demonstrated the symbolic 'strength and eternity' of their class name. They have stayed strong, adapted, and endured. These characteristics have guided them to impressive IB results, but will also equip them to succeed in a world that is undergoing great change.
The involvement of our IB parents and families has been important to us from day one, as we work as a team to support our students. This year, the role of the home became even more important as we switched to online learning.
We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to our IB families for supporting their children throughout the DP and during this challenging year. Moreover, for instilling in them early on the characteristics and values that have helped them manage this challenging situation and succeed in the DP.
In this unprecedented results season, we are extremely proud to be able to immediately celebrate our students academic successes and preparations for their next chapter, university.
Our class of future artists, accountants, business people, computer scientists, psychologists, media operatives, and food scientists are on their way to the world's top universities.
Their results see doors open at universities in the Top 50 and Top 100, including the world's top ranked arts institutions.
Among all the statistics and results is the most important part of the story - our students. These young people, many of them from NACIS founding families, have grown into exceptional young adults. They are academically talented, but also mature, capable and savvy - thus equipped with the academic, social and emotional strengths needed for future success.
“An IB education has always been about more than results and, this year, students have had to deal with a level of global disruption that has never been experienced before.
Every IB graduate should be proud of their achievements, not just in reaching this milestone, but in the great flexibility and commitment they have shown in overcoming such obstacles.
——Dr Siva Kumari, Director General at the International Baccalaureate (IB)
We know that the IB has prepared them to be better learners for life — to be better, more critical thinkers, better at formulating excellent questions and finding the answers, and better suited to adapting to our ever-changing world.