GEMS Education IBDP and CP students celebrate strong exam results and university admissions

11 July 2023
  • GEMS’ seven IB schools in UAE once again outperform international averages
  • IBDP students achieve average pass rate of 92%, average point score of 32.8
  • AP results released on same day, with GEMS schools beating global averages

GEMS Education students studying the International Baccalaureate (IB) have recorded outstanding results in their exams, once more performing significantly above international averages and securing admission to the very best universities in the world. This year saw a return to the pre-pandemic assessment process, with all components of the exams completed in full.

A total of 605 Grade 12/Year 13 students from seven GEMS schools sat exams for the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP), up from 533 last academic year. With an average point score of 32.8 and a pass rate of 92 per cent, GEMS students once again outperformed world averages from last year. One student, from GEMS Wellington International School in Dubai, achieved the highest score possible of 45.

Commenting on the results, Dr Saima Rana, Chief Education Officer, GEMS Education, said: “Congratulations to all our International Baccalaureate students from across the GEMS network who have excelled in the final exams of their Diploma and Career-related Programmes. They truly embody the essence of global citizens, leaders, and change agents.

“Our IB graduates have proven time and again that this qualification is a gateway to brilliant futures, creating powerful citizens fearlessly facing the world with unwavering determination and a commitment to values that resonate with compassion, integrity, and intellectual excellence. Through their rigorous academic journey, they have honed critical thinking skills, fostered cultural appreciation, and embraced diversity as a cornerstone of progress.

“Our IB alumni have emerged as powerful and influential figures, blazing trails in various fields, leaving an indelible mark on society. Their success is a testament to the transformative power of the IB programme and the enduring impact of a GEMS education that nurtures holistic development and inspires greatness. As we witness the ripple effect of their accomplishments, we, as an education community, stand with immense pride, knowing that our students are beacons of hope and catalysts for positive change in our ever-evolving world. Well done!”

Saatvik Sharma, a student at GEMS Modern Academy who scored 42 and is now heading to UCLA to study Finance, said: “I feel ecstatic and relieved now that this chapter of my life has come to a close. It’s wonderful to see my hard work and dedication pay off. I look forward to university life and will carry the skills learnt during IB forever with me.”

Chloe Dsouza, also of GEMS Modern Academy, scored 41 and is on her way to University of Notre Dame in the US to major in Applied Maths. She said: “It’s been such a journey; I know all of us have come such a long way since we started the Diploma Programme. I am very relieved and overjoyed with my results. This would not have been possible without the support of my friends, family, and teachers.”

Meanwhile, 28 students from two GEMS schools – GEMS International School – Al Khail and GEMS Wellington International School – sat exams for the increasingly popular IB Career-related Programme (IBCP). The two schools recorded a strong overall pass rate of 92 per cent and an average IB subject score of 3.9.

Also released on the same day as the IB exam results were those of the Advanced Placement (AP) exams published by the United States’ College Board. GEMS Al Khaleej International School in Dubai recorded its best-ever AP results. A total of 63 candidates sat the exams, with an average score of 3.44 out of a possible 5, exceeding the UAE average of 2.73 and the global average of 3.13.

Ghadeer Abu-Shamat, Superintendent/CEO, GEMS Al Khaleej International School and Senior Vice President – Education, GEMS Education, said: “At GEMS Al Khaleej International School, we believe in our students. We work to unleash their potential by equipping them with the skills and knowledge to be fully prepared for their external exams. We are very proud of all of them, as well as our dedicated teachers. As I always say, never underestimate a school with passionate educators! Thank you to our teacher and leaders, and congratulations to our students and their parents!”

At GEMS Dubai American Academy, meanwhile, where AP is also offered, students recorded an impressive average score of 3.6, beating UAE and global averages, too, and setting the school’s highest average in the last three years.

The seven GEMS schools offering the IB include GEMS World Academy – Dubai, GEMS International School – Al Khail, GEMS Dubai American Academy, GEMS American Academy – Abu Dhabi, GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis, GEMS Wellington International School, and GEMS Modern Academy.

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