From: Shakespeare Comms
Published: Mon Jul 12 2021

In only second year of IBDP cohort, the Swiss International School, Dubai achieves:

· 100% pass rate

· 50% Bilingual IB Diplomas

· Every student securing a place at their top university choice

· Top point scorer of 42

· Average points score of 34 - comfortably above world average

Swiss International School Dubai, Dubai's first bilingual International Baccalaureate School, is celebrating outstanding results from its latest cohort of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme graduates.

The latest IBDP results were announced this week, and despite the upheaval and shift to home learning created by the pandemic, the keen multi-lingual group of 20 SISD students achieved an average grade of 34, surpassing the global average points score.

Top scoring student, Skay Fasano, with an excellent point score of 42 - which only a tiny percentage of those studying the academically-challenging IBDP globally achieve - says: "I am thrilled with my IB results - this curriculum has helped me to build resilience and perseverance and allowed me to pursue a truly bilingual education. I became a more independent and organised individual by following the IB, and I have now decided to study at the world-famous École Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland in order to pursue my passion in Hospitality Management.".

The highest point score available is 45, which only 0.1% of global students achieve.

Elise Furr, Head of Secondary at SISD, says: "Our IB results this year are simply outstanding, especially given the added pressures created by the pandemic. This is only the school's second year of the IBDP Programme, so it really is a fantastic achievement. It is testament to everyone's hard work, commitment and unfailing dedication to excellence that all our students should now receive their first choice of university destination, and we are certain they will go on to become truly successful global citizens."

Urs Jungo, the leading school's IBDP Coordinator, adds: "It has truly been an honour to be part of this year's IBDP cohort - we have a group of students who have not only undertaken one of the world's most challenging educational programmes in a global pandemic, but some have also achieved bilingual diplomas - no easy feat! The students have achieved fantastic results and surpassed the world's average scores. We are very proud of you, Class of 2021!"

School Principal, Norbert Foerster, explains: "The sound philosophy behind the IB Programme is to equip its students with the values, knowledge and skills they'll need to become better global citizens, and work towards making the world a better place. This goal is carried over throughout the continuum of IB education. At SISD, we put particular focus on international-mindedness, a balanced education, and tailored approaches to learning. We also add in the dimension of bilingualism - truly making our students ready for a global world. Our latest results show this concept is working extremely well, and I'd like to congratulate both our students and staff for putting in such hard work during a trying time to achieve outstanding results. However, for me, the IB is about so much more than just points - it is an educational philosophy to ensure our students succeed in life, not just at university, and more importantly become life-long learners with a passion to make a difference in the world."

About the IBDP:

Globally, the IB programme delivers four educational programmes to more than 1.95 million students aged from 3 to 19, with SISD being one of just a handful of schools in the world that offers IB education right through from age 3-18 years.

The IB is seen now as the gold standard of education, as it is based on principles and learner profiles that ensure children are set up well for life, not just for higher education.

Teaching is delivered in local and global contexts, reflecting the international-mindedness the IB wishes to instil in students. Teachers use real-life examples from both local and international perspectives, to connect learning to the real world. This student-centred, enquiry-based approach encourages students to be inquisitive, think critically, and engage in a lifelong learning process.

About Swiss International School in Dubai

Global in outlook, bilingual in approach, Swiss in culture, and yet firmly rooted in the local community of Dubai - that's Swiss International School in Dubai, or SISD.

The Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD), Dubai's first bilingual International Baccalaureate School, opened in 2015.

The school is a leading international day and boarding school where future generations are inspired to become confident and enthusiastic lifelong learners, properly prepared to embrace all the opportunities and challenges life presents.

With a diverse student body of 1200 pupils comprising more than 70 different nationalities, the school believes the next generation of international citizens will need to be dynamic, flexible and linguistically ambitious. With this in mind, SISD offers immersive bilingual programmes in either of the Swiss languages of French and German, but also a strong English programme with foreign languages. For students who don't wish to pursue a fully bilingual programme, there is a unique STEAM programme for all children from age 4-11 years. SISD stands out as one of only a handful of educational establishments globally classified as an IB Continuum school, which means it offers International Baccalaureate education to pupils from age 3 to 18.

Offering day school, weekly or full-term boarding options, this leading educational institution offers state-of-the-art STEAM education, and has world-class sporting facilities, too.

The school has laid out its B.E.S.T. Values, as follows:


A unique international and multilingual environment provides students with authentic exposure to English, French, German and Arabic. Students in the immersive bilingual programmes learn to communicate, think and reflect in two different languages. As global citizens, SISD celebrates diversity, promoting all languages and cultures with equal respect.


SISD staff believes in maintaining high standards and aspire to be the best they can be. A spirit of enquiry, encouraging both creative and critical thinking is fostered.


Students and staff believe that social, cultural, economic and environmental awareness prepare us to play our part in shaping a better future, both for ourselves and for those around us. The school campus is eco-friendly, winning international acclaim and awards for using less energy to create a comfortable and healthy environment.


In the school's international community, we know that we are at our best when we all work together. We view active participation in the community, from the most local to the most global, as the foundation of a valuable life.
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