Nearly 2000 UAE students received their results for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). Nearly 160,000 students globally sat the IBDP examination in May 2017.
The average diploma score for the UAE was 31.59 points (of 45 possible maximum), while the global average was 30 points.
Commenting on the global results, IB director general Dr Siva Kumari said: "To all Diploma Programme graduates in our May 2017 session, to their IB teachers and IB Coordinators, our heartiest congratulations. Every six months, we are extraordinarily privileged to witness what you have collectively achieved to meet some of the highest international learning standards in education. The IB's preparation for entry to higher education is second to none and, in recognition of this, the world's finest universities welcome DP graduates as academically well-prepared humanists, who will make mindful contributions to our world today and in years to come."
"These effects are also confirmed by independent studies, so we know that the IB increases students' academic achievement, and the probability of high school graduation and college enrollment. Other independent studies prove that our students are well-prepared to succeed in post-secondary study. And, perhaps most importantly, they are set to make important and inspiring contributions to their communities, and will help achieve the IB's mission of education for a better world. I wish them all good luck and best wishes for a future we know they will tackle with energy and ingenuity."
Jumeirah English Speaking School
In Dubai, Sara Dube from Jumeirah English Speaking School achieved a perfect score with 45 points overall and A grade in both her Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge. This feat was made more difficult by her choosing four Higher Level subjects, instead of the usual three, and completing her Extended Essay in a foreign language. Fewer than 200 students globally achieve 45 points each year, and JESS students have achieved this score in four of the last five years.
Another JESS student - Kareem Kubeisy achieved 44 points, including Level 7 in all his six subjects, narrowly missing the third of the 3 "core points" by only one mark.
JESS' 2017 cohort included nearly 100 mixed ability students. The school's overall average of 35.3 was met or exceeded by 92% of JESS students, beating both national and global averages. 55.7% of students achieved 35 points or more, equivalent of two A* and two As at A-level; while 18.2% of students scored 40 points or more, equivalent to more than 4 A* at A-levels.
JESS IB coordinator Kosta Lekanides commented: "Once again the hard work, commitment and genuine endeavour of our students, our teachers and the IB team have worked to produce another batch of stellar results. I could not be happier for our 2017 cohort."
A total of 387 students from GEMS Education schools - including GEMS World Academy, Dubai, GEMS Wellington Academy Silicon Oasis, Dubai American Academy, GEMS Wellington International School, GEMS Modern Academy and GEMS American Academy, Abu Dhabi - achieved their IBDP this year.
91% of GEMS students who opted for the IBDP successfully completed the programme in 2017. Several students exceeded an average score of 40.
The top three achievers Alexandra Haines from Dubai American Academy, Audrey Cordelle from GEMS World Academy, Dubai and Ivan Szergyuk from GEMS Wellington International School, all score an impressive 44.
GEMS Education vice president education (US & IB curriculum schools) James MacDonald said: "We are very proud of this year's cohort of IBDP students and their results. Thanks to rigour of the IB curriculum and our wonderful GEMS educators, our graduates are extremely well prepared for their next steps in life, which includes attending some of the world's highest rated universities. We wish them all the best and congratulate them again."
Emirates English Speaking School
Emirates International School - Meadows student Armin Ghofrani also achieved a perfect score of 45, studying Higher Level Maths, Physics and Chemistry.
Two students - Vishal Kumar and Rahul Samuel - also achieved 44 points.
The top-performing student at Dubai International Academy was Rohan Goel with 44 points. 76% of the school's cohort achieved an 30 points or more, while 17% scored 38 points or more.
At Raffles World Academy, Janan Mostajabi scored 43 points, while 69% of the 2017 cohort scored 30 points or more, and 33% of students scored 36 points or more.
This story will be updated throughout the week as more schools send us their results.