The IB Diploma Program at ACST

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Program courses are the core of the program offered to Grade 11 and 12 students at ACST. The Diploma Program provides an academically challenging and balanced program of study to motivated students around the world. The reputation of the Diploma Program is based on rigorous external assessments. The program emphasizes the development of the whole student: physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. (See the IBO site for more information: IBO Public Website.)

    IB examinations are taken at the end of the two-year program and are marked by external examiners around the world. ACST IB classroom teachers mark summative Internal Assessments; samples of those assessments are “moderated” by external examiners to assure consistency and quality. ACST students may choose to participate in the full Diploma Program, to earn Course certificates in individual subject areas, or to focus on completion of requirements for the ACST diploma. (See the ACST IB Diploma Program Handbook for more program details.)

    A Look at the Present and the Past of the DP at ACST

    ACST was authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer the two-year IB Diploma Program in 2000, just a few years after the ACST Secondary School expanded to include Grades 11 and 12. We are proud to offer Juniors and Seniors the possibility to earn the externally awarded IB Diploma, in addition to the ACST High School Diploma, as they prepare to pursue their studies at university. ACST Administration and Faculty have endeavored over the years to provide a strong, focused but flexible Diploma program, allowing students to achieve the academic and personal goals they have set for themselves.

    Our most recent graduates, the Class of 2017, the sixteenth group of students to sit for externally assessed IB exams, achieved honorable results as IB Diploma Program candidates. All 10 graduates sat for one or more IB exams, and 9 were full Diploma candidates. Of these 9, 7 earned the Diploma on the first try. The average mark (out of a possible 45) for those students attempting the full Diploma was 30, the world average. We applaud their hard work and their achievements, and are confident that the skills they acquired in this challenging program will serve them well at university.

    Snapshot of the IB Diploma Program at ACST 2002-2017

    • First IB Diploma candidates: 2002
    • Average annual percentage of ACST full Diploma Candidates earning the Diploma 2002-2017: 85%
      (World average: 80%)
    • Average number of points (out of 45) earned by ACST Candidates 2002-2017: 30
      (World average: 30)
    • Highest mark earned at ACST (out of a possible 45) 2002-2017: 43 (May 2015)
    • Average annual mark (out of 7) in individual subjects for ACST Candidates who earned the Diploma 2002-2017: 4.87
    • Average annual percentage of Seniors attempting the full Diploma 2002-2017: 75%
    • Average number of graduates per year 2002-2017: 21
    • Total number of ACST graduates 2002-2017: 349
    • Total number of ACST graduates who earned the Diploma 2002-2017: 203 (60%)

    Liz Thornton
    ACST IB Diploma Program Coordinator
    September 2017

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