Sports School, SOTA students achieve 100% IB pass rate

by Channel NewsAsia Published 5 Jan 2015, posted on Jan 10, 2016

SINGAPORE: Students from two specialised schools focusing on the sports and arts have achieved 100 per cent pass rates in the recent International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) examinations, exceeding the national pass rate of 97.7 per cent. 

The School of the Arts (SOTA) and Singapore Sports School (SSS) announced their scores for the November 2015 examinations in separate releases on Tuesday (Jan 5). This was SSS' first batch of students taking the IBDP.

Earlier on Tuesday, Hwa Chong International School also reported a 100 per cent pass rate for the IB examinations.

Compared to the national average of 38.50, SOTA's IBDP students this year scored an average of 38.2 points, higher than the global average of 30.98. SSS declined to reveal its average scores due to the small size of its cohort. 

Thirteen out of 19 SSS students and 50 out of 155 SOTA students obtained a score of above 40 out of a maximum of 45. 

At SOTA, the students who collected their results on Tuesday included 133 IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) as well as the pioneer batch of 22 IB Career-related Programme (IBCP) students at SOTA. 

In addition to some of the IBDP courses, IBCP students are scored internally by the school on career-related core components - comprising a reflective project, community and service, approaches to learning, and language development - and career-related studies.

SOTA said 73 per cent of its IBCP students achieved "excellent performance in their career-related studies and their DP subjects, scoring Grades 6 and 7". The IB is scored on a scale of one to seven, with Grade 7 being the best score. 

SOTA's principal said many of its 22 IBCP graduates have secured places in local and overseas arts institutions. One of the high scorers, Fiona Lim, will pursue Contemporary Theatre at the East 15 Acting School in University of Essex. 

"Singapore doesn't really (provide) the opportunities to explore such art forms, but I think maybe, I would stay overseas for a while to see what artistic vocabulary I can bring back and I hope to share with people in Singapore. Ultimately, I want to teach," she said. 

A total of 1,633 students in Singapore and more than 11,763 students worldwide sat for the IB exams in November 2015.