Academic Standards

OIS Equivalence Table, for host country (Portugal):


Academic Standards

Our end of year marking scheme records progress on a scale from 7 (Excellent) to 1 (Very Poor/Insuficient). Please see Portaria 433/2005, April 19th for equivalence (on our website).  For both the MYP and DP, if a student achieves a grade of 3 or below in three or more subjects, including all subject areas, this may constitute failure of the year. A student is at risk of failing the year if If a student achieves, in either the MYP or DP, a 3 or below in three or more subjects (all subjects are included).

Achievement grades of 3 or less should be viewed as failing grades or at least indicating lack of readiness to proceed to the subsequent year’s study.

In MYP a grade 2 in the Personal Project (PP) or non-completion of Community and Service (CS) is viewed as failing conditions.

In IB-DP no complition of DP subject Internal Assessments, Extended Essay (EE) or Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) are also viewed as failing conditions.

The Award of the IBCP certificate is based on the completion of the career-related study at Val do Rio and: student earning a grade 3 or more in at least two DP courses, at least a D in the Reflective Project (RP), meeting all the requirements for Approaches to Learning (ATL), Language Development (LD), CS/Service Learning as well as the final award committee judging the student not guilty of malpractice.


1. All absences from school must be accompanied by a letter from the parents explaining the absence.

2. Justified absences include:

a) Doctor’s appointment with medical certificate or letter.

b) 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.

c) Special circumstances approved by the school.

3. All other absences are considered unjustified, including exclusion from a classroom for disruptive behaviour, holidays that extend into school days not pre-authorised by school, etc.

4. Arriving late to a lesson or to morning registration is unjustified. When this occurs frequently without written notification, a meeting with parents is required.

5. More than five days of unjustified absence may constitute failure of that year.

6. More than five unjustified absences from any single subject may constitute failure of that subject for the year.

7. Total number of absences mounting to less than 83% attendance in one school year may constitute failure of that year.

8. 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.