SCIS Grade 12 IBDP Student Support
Last updated March 6, 2020
While Dragons of every age have felt the impact of the campus closure, none have been more dramatically impacted than the Class of 2020, whose final semester of secondary school is turning out to be rather different than anticipated. Fortunately, SCIS—and the International Baccalaureate Organization itself, are in a position to support students wherever they are in the world, and ensure that the health crisis does not cause any more than a minor detour as they continue to move forward toward their goals.
SCIS is part of the network of IB World Schools in China, and we have been in constant communication with the IB since the day our campus closures were confirmed. The IBO has a full understanding of our situation and is proactively taking steps to ensure that appropriate accommodations are in place to ensure that our students are not unfairly disadvantaged by circumstances beyond any human control. Over 6,000 IB candidates in China are affected, and with other countries around the world announcing school closures daily, this number is growing rapidly.
The IBO immediately provided blanket extensions to all schools in China for submission of external and internal assessments, ensuring that any projects not completed before January would still have the full time needed for students to be supported in producing their best work. This gives us flexibility to reschedule significant events such as the IB Recitals and Art Exhibitions to give students time to prepare after our return to campus. In addition, the IBO provided guidelines for Oral Assessments to be completed at a distance, which is a particular help to our Language Acquisition courses.
At this time, we fully expect to be back on campus for the May IB Exam session, and our students will be supported in every way to complete their exams at that time. The IB has also made clear that other options are open for candidates in these adverse circumstances. Any senior not in a position to return to Shanghai for their IB Exams will have the option of taking the exams at an alternate venue, transferring schools, or deferring to the November 2020 exam session. These options were communicated directly by the Principals to all SCIS Grade 12 families this week.