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 2016, the fifteenth group of students to sit for externally assessed IB exams, achieved honorable results as IB Diploma Program candidates. All 13 graduates sat for one or more IB exams, and 10 were full Diploma candidates. Of these 10, 8 earned the Diploma on the first try. The average mark (out of a possible 45) for those students attempting the full Diploma was 32, above the world average of 30. 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 2002-2016
ACST IB Diploma Program Coordinator