06. 08. 2013
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“Open Gate students’ results are again excellent this year and they markedly surpass the global average. Scoring 37.2 points on average, eleven of our students passed the IB examinations. We are delighted that four of our current year graduates scored 40 and more points and one of them even achieved 44 points. Thus, we are one of the schools with the best IB results in the world. Thanks to these outstanding achievements the doors to prestigious foreign universities are being opened for our students,” says Peter Nitsche, Open Gate School principal.
Open Gate students can choose to take the Czech school leaving examination or the IB, or both, at the close of their high school studies. Each year, most of the students elect to take both the Czech and IB examinations. Of this year’s 17 Open Gate graduates, 11 passed the complete IB diploma examinations and six students selected one to three subjects of a total of six, and received an IB certificate in these subjects.
Academic YearOpen Gate students’ average scoreIB students’ global average score2010/201135,0 2011/201236,029,832012/201337,229,81
Peter Nitsche adds in regard to the results of this year’s Czech school leaving examination: “Students also performed very well in the Czech school leaving examination. 16 students in their final year took the Czech exam, and 15 of them passed with distinction, with 11 of them having all 1’s [A’s] on their school leaving examination certificate. In English, they achieved the best possible average result, i.e. 1.0; in Czech, their average result was 1.31.”
IB is a two-year course of study intended for seventh and eighth grade students; at OPEN GATE, the course is taught in English and Czech. During the two-year course students take a number of specific examinations. To pass the International Baccalaureate examination they choose six subjects from six groups of subjects (please see the appendix for the groups).
If, during their time at school, students already are strongly specialized in a certain direction, they need not obtain the IB in the whole range of six subjects but can enroll in courses in only one or two groups of subjects in which they want to continue their education. In such cases they receive an IB certificate for the particular subject.
The IB Diploma Program (IB DP) is recognized by universities all over the world and it frequently replaces admission tests. The requirements of the University of Cambridge are an example of what can be regarded as a good result: candidates considering admission to this university are expected to score at least 40 to 42 points in IB DP examinations.
The maximum number of points that students can score in IB DP examinations is 45 (the maximum number of points in one subject is seven, i.e. a maximum of 42 points for six subjects plus 3 bonus points for the Theory of Knowledge course and a 4,000-word essay). The objective is to encourage students to reflect critically and philosophically on diverse ways of knowing and on the subjects they study. Usually 24 points are enough to obtain an IB.
Open Gate has been authorized to provide instruction under the International Baccalaureate program since 2009, when it started to offer its students the prestigious Diploma Program culminating in the International Baccalaureate. It was the first purely Czech high school in the Czech Republic to receive this certification.
With a view to making it possible for talented children from children’s homes, foster families and single-parent families, or intact but low-income families to attend Open Gate, the foundation of Mrs. Renáta Kellnerová and Mr. Petr Kellner awards financial grants for their study. Since the high school was opened in 2005, the foundation has provided a full or partial grant for the school fees to approximately 70% of the students.
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