The following information provides an overview of the UCC evaluation. To learn about the information provided under each subhead, please click on the "read more" link below it.
UCC’s assessment of student performance is consistent with both IB and provincial diploma requirements.
Percentage grades form the basis for our internal marking and grading in Year 1 and Year 2. Starting in the Foundation Year, the seven-point IB scale replaces percentages for reporting purposes.
Assessment of student performance is a continuous process in all courses taught at UCC. Achievement in a course is based on an allotment of marks that is divided between term work (regular assignments, tests, essays and term projects) and examinations. The various steps in the cumulative marking scheme for Year 1, Year 2, Foundation Year and IB1 are as follows:
- Reports with grades and comments are sent to parents in February and June. These give a clear indication of cumulative academic progress and should be read in the context of the College’s promotion requirements.
The Cumulative Marking Scheme details are available as a PDF here.
School examinations for Year 1 to IB1 will be held in June. IB2 students will write their IB finals in May.
In the event of a major upward or downward change in performance on the final term or examinations, additional weighting may be assigned to reflect such marks in the cumulative marking system.
- The school reserves the right to withhold a credit for unsatisfactory attendance.
- Cheating on a final examination will result in either the loss of the credit, the student’s expulsion from UCC, or both.
- Policies regarding dress code in relation to examinations, and absence from examinations, are outlined in The Upper School Family Handbook.
For students in Year 1 and Year 2, the following regulations will normally be enforced for promotion to the next grade level:
- A student who attains 50% or higher in all subjects on his June report will be promoted to the next grade.
- A student who has one subject below 50% but a 60% average for the remaining subjects will be conditionally promoted. The conditions, which may include attendance at a recognized summer school program, will be established through consultation between the College and the student’s family.
- A student with one subject below 50% and an average of less than 60% for the remaining subjects will be required to leave.
- A student who has two or more subjects below 50% will be required to leave.
For Students in Foundation Year
For students in Foundation Year, the following regulations will be enforced in normal circumstances for promotion to IB1:
A student who attains a grade of 3+ or higher in all of his subjects on the June report will be promoted to IB1.
- A student with a grade of 3 or higher in every subject will be conditionally promoted, assuming that the College is able to provide him with a viable Diploma program and that he is prepared to undertake a recommended program of academic reinforcement before commencing IB1.
- A student who has one grade of 2+ or lower and an average grade of 3+ in his remaining subjects will be conditionally promoted, assuming that the College is able to provide him with a viable Diploma program and that he completes a program of academic reinforcement before commencing IB1.
- A student who has two or more grades below 2+ will be required to leave the College unless there are extenuating circumstances to indicate that his current level of academic achievement is not an accurate reflection of his potential to achieve success in the IB. If the College is also able to provide him with a viable Diploma program, he will be required to complete a program of academic reinforcement before commencing IB1.
- A grade of N on the June report indicates non-submission of a major assignment by the end of classes for that year. Any such grade will be considered a failing condition. Missing assignments must be submitted by an agreed upon deadline—and meet the required standard—before promotion will be granted. A major assignment is defined as any single or cumulative piece of work that has a value of at least 20% of the mark for the term in which it was due.
CRITERIA FOR PROMOTION TO IB2
To download a chart of important information about promotion to IB2, click here.
1Academic Responsibility is defined as follows:
The student has demonstrated that he meets academic obligations conscientiously.
The student has demonstrated that he meets College expectations for conduct and attendance.
In cases where a learning disability affecting academic performance is indicated, the student is actively involved in an educational plan based on an assessment report.
2Failing conditions consist of one or more of the following:
IB1 subject total of 23 points or fewer.
Higher Level grades which total 11 points or fewer.
Higher Level or Standard Level grades of 1 or 2.
Four grades of 3.
A grade of N in one or more subjects because of missing major IB assignments.
No Extended Essay has been submitted.
AWARDING THE IB DIPLOMA
Performance in the International Baccalaureate program is assessed by means of criteria that vary for each subject. These performance criteria consist in every case of some or all of the following: internal evaluation of written work, oral components and external examinations.
The assessment of IB examination performance has seven grade levels:
Grade 7: excellent
Grade 6: very good
Grade 5: good
Grade 4: satisfactory
Grade 3: mediocre
Grade 2: poor
Grade 1: very poor
Conditions for the award of the IB Diploma are as follows:
- The Diploma will be awarded to students whose total score (including up to 3 Diploma Points for ToK and the Extended Essay) reaches or exceeds 24 points (with no grade of 1 in any Higher Level subject) and does not include any of the following failing conditions:
Higher Level subjects:
- a grade of 2
- a grade of 3 not compensated by a grade of 5 or above in another Higher Level subject
- three Higher Level grades that total fewer than 12 points
Standard Level subjects:
- a grade of 1
- more than one grade of 2
- more than three grades of 3
- more than one grade of 3 if there is a grade of 2 at Standard Level
- both Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge graded elementary (E)
- Students with one failing condition, but with a total score of at least 28 points (including any Diploma Points) will be awarded the Diploma.
A more detailed description of failing conditions is available on the College’s website.
- Candidates who do not fulfil all of the IB Diploma requirements will receive a certificate listing the subjects in which they have satisfactorily completed a Standard Level or Higher Level course, including ToK and Extended Essay. The grade achieved in each subject will appear on the certificate.
The Bilingual Diploma:
- The Bilingual IB Diploma will be awarded to a student who successfully completes two languages A1 or a Language A1 and a Language A2, or who studies at least one of his subjects from IB Group 3 or Group 4 in a language other than his Language A1.