Academic Excellence

Celebrating and rewarding success

This year heralded another successful university application season for Dubai American Academy. The 2019 cohort is DAA's largest ever graduating class with 167 (96%) out of the 174 students taking IB classes of which 130 (75%) were full DP students. Our students achieved one of DAA's highest ever pass rate (98.5%) with 17 students (13%) achieving 40+ points.  Students will continue their education in several countries, with the largest percentage going to the United States, followed by Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia. 

IB Statistics at DAA

Class Year  Size of Class  % of grade 12 in IB Diploma Program
2019 174 75%
2018 142 76%
2017 146 82%
2016 141 80%
2015 149 70%
2014 144 72%
2013 138 69%
2012 134 70%
2011 124 73%

DAA Scores Compared to Worldwide Scores

  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Total No. of
IB Diploma Students
91 94 95 104 105 113 120 109 130
Mean Score Worldwide
per Exam Session
29.61 29.76 29.81 30 29.88 30 30 29.8 30
Mean Score at DAA
per Exam Session
33.0 32.0 32 33 34 34 34 34 34
Pass Rate Worldwide 77.8% 78.2% 78.5% 79.3% 80.8% 79.3% 78.4% 77% 77%
Pass Rate at DAA 90.0% 88% 87.5% 92.3% 94.28% 87.6% 95.8% 93.5% 98.5%

Academic Performance

DAA has a long history of helping students to achieve excellent IB results.  From our very first year of offering the IB Diploma program, DAA’s students have scored significantly above the world averages in both individual subjects and overall results.  Our program has grown substantially over the years to include all students who wish to undertake the challenging diploma program.

Once again, DAA’s graduating students earned outstanding IB results and university placements. The exam results are released by the International Baccalaureate Organization in July. Highlights of DAA’s students’ results include:

  • 75% of the graduating class elected to complete challenging IB Diploma program, which at DAA is open to all students who wish to complete the requirements;
  • DAA had 130 full diploma students;
  • DAA diploma students earned a mean score of 34, which is also well above the world average of 30, and significantly higher than other IB schools in Dubai (The IB minimum passing grade is 24);
  • 13% of DAA students achieved a score of 40 or higher. Only 4.4% of students worldwide earn 40 points or more, which puts this impressive accomplishment into perspective.


PISA is the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment. PISA measures 15-year-olds’ ability to use their reading, mathematics and science knowledge and skills to meet real-life challenges. 

PISA results provide us with valuable insight into how our students are progressing as compared to other students around the world.  It is an internationally benchmarked test which is conducted every 3 years and is able to objectively measure how our students are doing.   The data garnered from the tests is meaningful for teachers and administrators as we utilize it to inform instruction.  Over the last 6 years, we have increased our scores significantly year after year.  DAA’s stellar performance during the most recent assessments proves that DAA has maintained its position as one of the top performing PISA schools in Dubai. 


Financial aid offers from universities totaled more than $3,500,000.  NYU Abu Dhabi, Clark University, Loyola University of Chicago, Chapman University, Northeastern University, Fordham University, Pace University, St. John’s University Queens, Boston University, University of St. Thomas, Trinity University, Manhattanville College and Waterloo University offered sizable financial packages to our students. 

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