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 2018

109

142

77

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

       


DAA Scores Compared to Worldwide Scores

 

2011

2012

2013

 2014 

2015

2016

2017

2018

Total No. of
IB Diploma Students

91

94

95

104

105

113

120

109

Mean Score Worldwide
per Exam Session

29.61

29.76

29.81

30

29.88

30

30

29.8

Mean Score at DAA
per Exam Session

33.0

32.0

32

33

34

34

34

34

Pass Rate Worldwide

77.8%

78.2%

78.5%

79.3%

80.8%

 79.3%  78.4% 77%

Pass Rate at DAA

90.0%

88%

87.5%

92.3%

94.28%

87.6%   95.8% 93.5%


May 2018 Top Scoring Student College Matriculations

Durham University (UK)

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo (US)

University of Michigan (US)

Unitersita Bocconi (Italy)

University of Pennsylvania (US)

University of Waterloo (Canada)

University of Notre Dame (US)

Financial aid offers from universities totaled more than $1,700,000 with Wheaton College leading with $100,000.  The George Washington University, University of San Francisco, Fordham University, University of British Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Michigan State University, University of Richmond, Bryant University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Miami, Northeastern University, University of California: Riverside also offered sizable 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:

  • 77 % 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 109 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 5.37 (exams are graded on a 1-7 scale); 
  • 11% of DAA students achieved a score of 40 or higher. Only 4.4% of students worldwide earn 40 points or more, which puts this impressive accomplishment into perspective.