Academic Excellence

Celebrating and rewarding success

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This year heralded another successful university application season for Dubai American Academy. With over 1250 university applications processed for the Class of 2018, graduates received approximately 630 acceptances. Students will continue their education in several countries, with the largest percentage going to the United States, followed by Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia. Students in the class of 2015 received acceptances at top universities such as the Princeton University, Lund University, King's College London, New York University, University of Maastricht, Pennsylvania State, Columbia, Cornell, Georgetown, Boston College, Rice, McGill, University of California Berkeley, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, University of Edinburgh, London School of Economics, and Queen Mary University.

IB Growth at DAA

Exam Session

No. of Diploma Students

Total no. of students in grade level

% of grade 12 diploma students in grade level

May 2017

120

146

82

May 2016

113

141

80

May 2015

105

149

70

May 2014

104

144

72

May 2013

95

138

69

May 2012

94

134

70

May 2011

91

124

73

May 2010

87

134

65

May 2009

78

128

61

May 2008

70

122

57

May 2007

57

102

56

May 2006

34

78

44

May 2005

11

38

29

May 2004

7

28

25


DAA Scores Compared to Worldwide Scores

 

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

 2014 

2015

2016

2017

Total No. of
IB Diploma Students

7

11

34

57

70

78

87

91

94

95

104

105

113

120

Mean Score Worldwide
per Exam Session

30.41

30.09

29.89

29.56

29.57

29.51

29.55

29.61

29.76

29.81

30

29.88

30

30

Mean Score at DAA
per Exam Session

32.1

27.7

33.0

31.0

31.0

33.0

31.0

33.0

32.0

32

33

34

34

34

Mean Grade Worldwide
per Exam Session

4.82

4.78

4.74

4.68

4.69

4.66

4.65

4.66

4.67

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Mean Grade at DAA 
per Exam Session

N/A

N/A

5.23

5.03

4.89

5.25

4.96

5.27

5.14

N/A

5.28

N/A

N/A

N/A

Pass Rate Worldwide

83.07%

81.40%

80.35%

78.78%

79.02%

78.71%

78.06%

77.8%

78.2%

78.5%

79.3%

80.8%

   

Pass Rate at DAA

100%

81.80%

91.42%

92.98%

88.5%

95.0%

87.4%

90.0%

88%

87.5%

92.3%

94.28%

   

* May, 2018 data will be available in November, 2018.  


May 2017 Top Scoring Student College Matriculations

University of California, Berkeley

University of Edinburgh

University of California, Berkeley 

Georgetown University

King's College London

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

New York University 

Financial aid offers from universities totaled more than $1,390,000 with Wheaton College leading with $100,000. New York University, George Washington University, University of San Francisco, University of British Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Michigan State University, University of Richmond, Bryant University, University of Miami, Bentley University, Pennsylvania State University, Whittier College, Chapman University, University of Waterloo, and Northeastern University also offered sizeable financial aid packages to our students. 

Academic Performance

DAA has a long history of helping students to achieve excellent IB results.  From our very first year of offering the IB Diploma program, DAA’s students have scored significantly above the world averages in both individual subjects and overall results.  Our program has grown substantially over the years to include all students who wish to undertake the challenging diploma program.

Once again, DAA’s graduating students earned outstanding IB results and university placements. The exam results are released by the International Baccalaureate Organization in July. Highlights of DAA’s students’ results include:

  • 82 % of the graduating class elected to complete challenging IB Diploma program, which at DAA is open to all students who wish to complete the requirements;
  • DAA had 120 full diploma students;
  • DAA diploma students earned a mean score of 34, which is also well above the world average of 30, and significantly higher than other IB schools in Dubai (The IB minimum passing grade is 24);
  • DAA students took exams in 43 subjects scoring higher than the worldwide average in 31 subject areas;
  • The average exam grade across all DAA candidates who passed the diploma was 5.43 (exams are graded on a 1-7 scale); 
  • Thirteen DAA students achieved a score of 40 or higher with one student earning an almost perfect 44. Only 4.4% of students worldwide earn 40 points or more, which puts this impressive accomplishment into perspective.