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Aldar Academies' International Baccalaureate Diploma graduate's smash world average results for a second year

 Sun, 09 Jul 2017   -   Sun, 09 Jul 2017
 Abu Dhabi, UAE

15% of Aldar Academies Al Bateen Academy's graduates achieved 40 points or more out of a possible 45

For the second consecutive year, graduates of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme at Aldar Academies Al Bateen Academy have smashed the diploma's world average point score.

Students of the leading private international school in Abu Dhabi achieved an average point score of 32.3, comfortably surpassing the world average of 30.

Of the graduating students, five performed exceptionally to secure a point score above 40 out of a possible 45. They included twins Marius and Saulius Pakstys (Lithuania) who achieved 43 and 41 points respectively, alongside Yazan Abu Yousef (Canada), Zena Younes (UK) and Damin Attygalle (Sri Lanka).

Meanwhile, 100 percent of the academy's Emirati student cohort passed, with each pupil scoring above the world points average. The two highest scoring Emirati students secured 38 points and 34 points.

"We have had some phenomenal academic performances, including students who managed to achieve the highest possible point score in challenging subjects such as Higher Level Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics." Commented Dr Chiara Tabet, Head of Senior School and IB DP Coordinator at Al Bateen Academy.

"In addition to this, for the second year in a row, the majority of our subject results are well above the world average. Well done to our second cohort and all the best in your university studies!"

The IB Diploma Programme is designed to prepare students, aged 16-18, for effective participation in a rapidly evolving, global society. The course focuses on developing the students physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically, and offers them a breadth of knowledge across six subject groups.

"No other qualification places such a strong emphasis on global citizenship as the IB diploma, which is why it is so relevant and rewarding to young people in Abu Dhabi – a highly multicultural emirate," commented Mrs Nilay Ozral, Aldar Academies CEO. "The success of this year's graduates is even more satisfying when we consider the incredible things they will now go on to achieve at university, whether they choose to stay in the UAE or continue their studies abroad."

Thanks to the diploma's reputation for being broad, balanced and academically challenging, graduates can expect interest from the world's leading universities.

Last year's Al Bateen Academy alumni progressed to study biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles), biochemistry and cell biology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and nuclear and chemical engineering at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), among others. Meanwhile, leading British universities of Imperial College London, St Andrews, the University of Surrey, and King's College London have also expressed an interest.

Following their excellent scores, brothers Marius and Saulius Pakstys hope to study mechanical engineering at Switzerland's École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

"I feel ecstatic. I'm surprised by a few grades that were higher than expected, but overall I'm really pleased given the hours and work I've put in" commented Marius. "The IB diploma was definitely challenging. You need to have patience, and you need to be sharp to achieve your goals. Looking back, setting periodic goals and re-evaluating myself really helped me to succeed." He added.

"I've worked so hard for this, and all the nerves have turned into relief and happiness now I have my scores." Commented Saulius. "You have to work for the diploma – it's challenging, but that also makes it highly rewarding once you achieve what you set out to. My teachers at Al Bateen Academy have been brilliant - I couldn't have done it without them."

Meanwhile, one of the highest scoring Emirati graduates, Amer Alfraih (34 points), plans to stay in the UAE for university.

"It was definitely an emotional experience completing the IBDP, and sitting and waiting for my results at home was exhilarating." Commented Amer.

"All in all, I think I did great, especially as I achieved my personal target: a level 7 in Spanish. The most challenging subjects were definitely physics and chemistry, but I feel ready to move on to study Industrial and Systems Engineering at Khalifa University after all the IB Diploma and Al Bateen Academy has taught me."

Al Bateen Academy, one of the first schools in Abu Dhabi to obtain an "Outstanding" rating from the ADEC inspections, provides a leading education for students between the ages of 11 to 18. It offers the English National Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with an international dimension, two highly regarded qualifications that prepare graduates for the most prestigious universities in the UAE and abroad.

The academy opened in 2011 with 167 students, with 849 currently enrolled for the 2017/18 school year.