The IB organization announcements and any new updates relevant to the IB Diploma and IB courses May 2020 session are posted on the following link:
13 March 2020 COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) updates. As we continue to monitor the situation for members of the IB community who are impacted by COVID-19, the Novel Coronavirus, we will update this page with developing news and actions that are being taken to support and protect our community.
IB May exams 2020 will not be held
Dear IB DP Grade 12 candidates and parents,
The IB organization has announced that the IB Diploma exam May 2020 session will not be held. Please see relevant letter from the IBO. Further information about assessment will be shared with students and parents before March 27th.
IB Diploma Coordinator
Dear Parents and Guardians,
According to the recent announcement by the Ministry of Health, all educational institutions will be closed starting tomorrow, Wednesday, and for the next 14 days.
More details will follow tomorrow as to how our students will proceed with their schoolwork.
Dr. Spiros Molfetas
On behalf of the Steering Committee
It is too early for us to know or estimate the total duration of the school closure. Please note that this measure has been mandated by the Greek government and applies to all schools in Greece, both public and private. We do not have any control over these decisions, and we continue to coordinate with the Ministry of Education to ensure that we are aligned with the most up-to-date government policies during these extenuating circumstances.
We have taken adequate measures to ensure minimal disruption to our students by being one of the first schools in Greece to roll out the online learning classroom. We have continued to deliver our learning program online through Microsoft’s Teams platform, combining both synchronous (face-to-face) and asynchronous (out of classroom) learning practices since the first days of school closures (Friday, March 13). Our online classes were initially being delivered for 4-6 hours per day during the first weeks of school closures. Since March 23rd, we have scaled these up to full 8-hour days, consistent with our regular learning program, and we have been tracking student participation. The online learning program is being delivered to the majority of our students (for grades 5-12). Due to the inherent challenges in delivering online learning to our younger students, we shifted the focus of our learning program for grades 1-4 towards asynchronous activities (such as PowerPoint presentations, out of classroom assignments and coursework). We already expanded our activities for those grades, from March 26 onwards, by complementing asynchronous offline learning with synchronous online learning between 2-3 times per week through Microsoft’s Teams platform.Now we introduce through Teams the teaching of Moderrn Greek as well as the foreign languages within a fortnight.
For the students it will be nice to see their teachers and they can show the work they have been doing.
Please note that based on the current international academic literature as well as based on our teachers’ practical experience, the preparatory work required for online learning classes is significantly higher compared to traditional face-to-face learning. Specifically, preparing for one hour of online learning classes requires three to four times the level of effort and time in terms of preparatory work by the teachers compared to the level of effort required for face-to-face learning. The delivery is more intensive, and the use of technology requires discipline by both the teacher and the students.
Lastly, we would like to assure you that we are doing our best to continue delivering our learning program with the same passion, diligence, commitment and professionalism that we have exhibited to date. We are aiming to alleviate some of the pressure stemming from this crisis for both our students and parents by continuing our activities and we are pleased to see the vast majority of parents supporting us in this effort.
On behalf of the Steering Committee
Students who had registered to take the SAT at the International School of Athens test center on Saturday March 14th 2020 are advised that the exam will not take place. The collegeboard has cancelled all exams in all test centers throughout Greece. Please contact the collegeboard directly to change your registration to another date.
IB Diploma results
The International School of Athens is proud to announce the excellent achievement of the ISA IB Diploma students in the May 2019 examination session.
Passing Rate: 90%
Highest score: 43 points
School Average: 34 points
18% of the candidates achieved 40 points and above. We would like to congratulate all our graduates for their success and wish them the best of luck as they set off to study at prestigious Universities worldwide.
Congratulations to all students, parents, faculty and staff for the remarkable results!
Book lists for 2019/2020 (upd. 4-10-2019)
Primary School Text Books