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ASH Grads Make the Grade

By Lesley Murphy
ASH Grads Make the Grade

Students at American School of The Hague (ASH) surpassed the majority of their peers around the world this year with respect to both their International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma pass rate and their scores on American Advanced Placement (AP) exams.
As a principle, ASH does not pre-select students for the IB diploma but rather supports all those with the capabilities, commitment, and drive to undertake this challenge. Careful planning and hard work on the part of both students and teachers paid off in 2014–2015, and was reflected in their excellent results.
Whereas the IB minimum pass rate is 24 points out of a possible 45, all 50 ASH diploma candidates passed their IB exams, achieving well in excess of the global average of 30 points with results ranging from 28 to 44 points. Indeed, 92 percent of ASH students scored above the global mean this year.
Six academic courses plus three core requirements—consisting of an independent research paper, creativity, action, service activities, and a course on the Theory of Knowledge—make up the requirements for students pursuing the IB Diploma. ASH students not interested in the full diploma program also have the option of selecting one or more IB classes, for which they can earn Course Certificates as non-diploma students, often pairing these with American Advanced Placement (AP) exam courses.
Accessibility to highly rigorous academic classes remains an ASH hallmark as can be seen in our results. While 2.89 (out of 5) was the average global mark per exam, 3.58 was the average ASH mark. And while 59 percent of the worldwide average passing marks were 3, 4, or 5, a full 87 percent of ASH’s total passing marks were 3, 4, or 5.
AP courses provide ASH students the opportunity to do university-level work while still in high school and are accepted in many universities the world over. Earning a passing mark in AP is the equivalent of passing a similar course at a university; many colleges/universities see this as evidence of “college readiness.”
ASH differentiates instruction for learners’ needs, and extends to extra-curricular activities to provide extensive opportunities for each student to grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally. When a student leaves ASH, the aim is to ensure that they are equipped with essential skills that are age and developmentally appropriate.
ASH congratulates all its graduates for the hard work and tremendous effort applied in achieving such exceptional results.

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