The average score of Singapore students was 38.35 points, higher than the global average of 29.81. The IB Organisation, which conducts the exams, said that there were 55 students in Singapore who achieved the highest score of 45; 50.65% of students in the city-state achieved 40-plus points and the pass rate was 97%.
Last year, for the first time ever, the May IB exams were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For the November exam session, schools were offered a range of options, including awarding grades using written exams if they could be sat safely or an alternative route using coursework and predicted grades. Schools could also consider deferring to the May 2021 session. Most IB World Schools (73%) were able to administer the exams using local guidelines.
The majority of international schools offering the IB programme in Singapore follow the September to June academic year and sit the exams in May every year. However, there are some schools here that follow a January to December calendar and sit the IBDP exams in November.
These include St Joseph’s Institution International, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), Australian International School, Hwa Chong International School (HCIS), Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah, School of The Arts Singapore (SOTA),Singapore Sports School (SSP), St Joseph's Institution and ACS (International) Singapore.
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The cohort of 183 graduates at SJI International scored an average of 37.7 points, with 100% of the cohort obtaining the full IB Diploma. 41.5% of students achieved 40 points or more, and 23.5% of the Class of 2020 achieved 42 points or more.
Darryl David, CEO of SJI International, said:
“SJI International is about holistic education that celebrates the overall development of our students, and as such, we have never been a school that "chases" results as an end in itself. However, the 100% IB-attainment rate is a figure that we have always strived for, as it means that we are able to ensure that every one of our students graduates with an IB diploma.
"To have accomplished this in the year that we just had is indeed a testament to the resilience of the Class of 2020 and also to the commitment and dedication of all our staff. Congratulations to all our graduating students and their families!”
Among the cohort were eight students who have completed 12 years of their learning journey at SJI International, and joined the school when it first opened in 2008. One of school's highest scoring students was Joelle Goh with an IB score of 44; Joelle joined SJI International in 2015 and has been a captain and key member of the Singapore Junior National Tennis team for a number of years. She "has been highly proactive in managing her studies as well as her rigorous training schedule, and has been a true role model for our student community".
Roisin Paul, High School principal, said:
“2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, especially those students facing their IB Diploma examinations. The outcomes could easily have been affected by the Covid pandemic but these results are testament to the dedication, resilience and drive of our staff and students. I am so proud of each and every one of them. Together, we achieved, in true Lasallian style, some of the best results SJI International has seen.”
Students at Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) achieved an average score of 41.8 points with 100% passes. Out of the cohort of 443 students, 82% obtained 40 points and above, while 62% achieved a score of 42 to 45 points.
Principal of ACS (Independent), Arene Koh, said:
“Despite the disruptions that arose due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our teachers, students, parents and stakeholders rallied together, adapted to the changes and pressed on to offer a holistic educational experience that prepares our students for the 21st century. It is our hope that this graduating IB cohort, like the cohorts before them, will continue to make a positive difference to the people and community around them.”
We will update this feature with more results as we receive them.