Certification

Within the IB Programmes at OIS

For MYP Certificates

Minimum Criteria To Award the MYP Certificate:

  • Have gained at least a grade of 2 in at least one subject per each of the 6 + IDU (Interdisciplinary Unit) subject groups of the MYP. (Note that a second Language A may be taken instead of a Language B)
  • Have gained at least a grade of 3 for the Personal Project
  • Have met the expectations of Service as Action to the satisfaction of the school
  • Have gained a grade total of at least 28.

For DP Certificates

Minimum Criteria To Award the DP Certificate:

In the IB Diploma Programme, assessments take place in May and November of each year. Full Diploma candidates typically take assessments for six courses. After all assessment components are marked, students receive a final grade ranging from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest) for each course.

The Extended Essay and ToK are each marked on an A (highest) to E (lowest) scale, and can account for up to 3 additional points for their combined diploma results. Creativity, activity, service (CAS) is not marked, but completion is required to achieve the Diploma.

The full IB diploma is awarded to students who meet minimum requirements, including: earning at least 24 points overall, completion of the Core, and earning a minimum score of 3 in at least 4 subjects.

Adapted from the IB’s Parents & Assessments Guide

Conditions to Complete Year 12 of the DP

In order to move on to Year 13, students need to comply with the OIS passing conditions of: no more than two grade 3s, at least 83% attendance, and have acceptable standards in the completion of key assignments listed below.

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Note:

Work must be handed in on time in order to be assessed. Deadlines can be consulted on ManageBac.

For CP Certificates

Minimum Criteria To Award the CP Certificate:

  • Have gained at least a grade of 3 for the DP subjects
  • Approval in Language Development (Portuguese and English), Personal and Professional Skills, and Service Learning Project
  • At least a grade of D in the Reflective Project
  • Approval in the vocational course and Prova de Aptidão Profissional (PAP) exam (Level 4 / 3 [EU]).

Conditions to Complete Year 12 of the CP

In order to move on to Year 13, students need to comply with the OIS passing conditions of: no more than two grade 3s, at least 83% attendance, and have acceptable standards in the completion of key assignments listed below.

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Note:

Work must be handed in on time in order to be assessed. Deadlines can be consulted on ManageBac.

Homework Policy

We at OIS believe that regular homework is necessary to support students’ understanding in the subjects. Homework is set by teachers in their subjects and students take down the details in their homework diaries on the day that it is set.

Homework can be completed during the Homework Club (16:00 – 17:20) by younger students, with support from older mentors and the teacher in charge.

For IB Diploma students:

For the Diploma students, it should be realised that two hours per night is an absolute minimum and more will often be required.

Suggested Minimum Homework Amounts:

  • Y6 & Y7: 30 minutes per night Monday – Thursday (no homework on Friday unless needing to catch up)
  • Y8 & Y9: 1 hour per night (Monday – Friday)
  • Y10 & Y11: 1 hour and 30 minutes per night (Monday – Friday)
  • DP: 2 hours per night (Monday – Friday + weekends)
  • CP: 1 hour per night (Monday – Friday)

Absence Policy

  • All absences from school must be accompanied by a letter / email from the parents explaining the absence.
  • Justified absences include:
    • Doctor’s appointment with medical certificate or letter.
    • Illness: for less than three days, students must bring a note from a parent. For three days or more,
      students must bring a medical certificate for the full period of absence.
    • Special circumstances approved by school.
  • All other absences are considered unjustified, including exclusion from a classroom due to disruptive behaviour and / or holidays that extend into school days even if pre-authorised by the school (classified as authorised and unjustified, etc.)
  • Arriving late to a lesson or to morning arrival time is unjustified. When this occurs frequently without a written notification, a meeting with parents is required. If students are late to morning arrival time, this counts as a 1/2 day (half-day) absence.
  • More than five days of unjustified absences may constitute failure of that year.
  • More than five unjustified absences from any single subject may constitute failure of that subject for the year.
  • Total number of absences amounting to less than 83% attendance in one school year may constitute failure of that year.
  • If a student is absent for more than 5 consecutive days without written notification from parents, he / she will be considered withdrawn from the school.