Last week, the TGS Class of 2017 graduates joined over 160,000 students worldwide in receiving their IB examination results, and for a fourth straight year, THINK Global School students outperformed the world average and exceeded international benchmarks.
100% of THINK Global School students who sat the exams received their IB Diploma, far surpassing the international pass rate in 2016 of 79%. 92% of THINK Global School students met or exceeded the worldwide 2016 average of 30, and the Class of 2017 averaged a score of 35 on the examinations — a testament to their ability to balance travel with the rigorous IB curriculum.
Changemaker Cohort Principal Adnan Mackovic, who served as the IB coordinator during the 2016-17 school year, said “As a traveling school, we expect a lot from our students. We expect them to balance travel, new experiences, extracurriculars, and exam preparation in a different country every semester. Through those experiences, they have learned to always put so much of themselves into everything they do, and exams are no exception. It is a pleasure, this year, as in previous years, to see them succeed and achieve their goals with the help and support of all of their educators, family, and friends.”
The vast majority of this year’s graduates plan on proceeding directly to university this fall, with the remainder electing to take a gap year to continue their travels or simply reacquaint themselves with their homeland after several years of near-constant relocation. Those attending university will begin studies in a wide range of fields, including biology and anthropology; photography and imaging; global management of social issues; engineering and computer science; and politics and international relations.
This wide range of degree paths they’ll be pursuing is indicative of their diverse personalities and interests as well as their varied experiences at THINK Global School. Living and learning in over a dozen countries provided them with an opportunity to see the impact these fields have on people and the environment firsthand, and in many cases instilled a desire to further their education in a way that results in change.
IB Cohort Principal Russell Cailey, who served as a teacher and dean of students during the 2016-17 school year, had the following to say about the graduates’ tenacity and diversity: “I would like to sincerely congratulate the Class of 2017 on an outstanding set of IB results. The environment in which TGS students succeed is one of constant challenges and change, and it’s a credit to the students’ grit and perseverance that they should be rewarded with such grades. Overall, however, it must be noted that the IB results accompany a wide range of other skills that TGS graduates develop over their two or three years at the school, their constant flexibility, resilience and wide-ranging cultural awareness to name three. I wish them every fortune on the next step of their journey.”
Students plan on attending, among other schools, Skidmore College (USA), Bard College Berlin (Germany), NYU Tisch (USA), TIlburg University (Netherlands), University of Rochester (USA), Windesheim Honours College (Netherlands), Sciences Po Reims Campus – Euro American Programme (France), Bowdoin College (USA), and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador).
Congrats again to our graduates on all of their remarkable achievements and good luck in the future.