In keeping with our committment to high academic standards, we at IPC believe that our grade boundaries should be a reflection of that.
In keeping with that, here are our grade boundaries.
A+: 97 - 100%
A : 93 - 96%
A-: 90 - 92%
B+: 87 - 89%
B : 83 - 86%
B-: 80 - 82%
C+: 77 - 79%
C: 70 - 76%
D: 60 - 69%
F: 0 - 59%
High school around the world show a large disparity in grade boundaries. What schools around the world consider to be an "A" or an "F", for example, so very large variation.
In Singapore, grades of A1 and A2 range from 70 - 100%, while in South Korea, the United States, and many other countries, an "A" is 90 - 100%. Most high school programs in Thailand range from 80 - 100% for an "A".
Alternatively, in some provinces of Canada, Thailand, as well as other countries, a failing grade is anything below 50%, while that in the United States is 60%.
Around the world, there are, in addition to what's considered passing and failing, many different grading systems. Some use the familiar letter grades A - F, while others use A - G. Additionally, some schools use a numberical range like 1 - 6.
Giving a student a "grade" is not a straight-forward process. As it is meant to reflect how much a student knows and understands, a great deal of thought must be put into what kinds of assessments are given, the style of questions, the points awarded for each question, and finally the grade boundaries.
As mentioned above, we believe that in order to show excellence in a subject, a student should be performing in the 90 - 100% range. We also require our students to show proficiency no lower than 60% to pass. An "A" to an "F" in Thailand (and other countries) is 80% to 50% - looser than our grade boundaries - but we feel it is very important for our students to understand that in order to excel with a grade of "A", our bar is a bit higher than others. And on the other end of the scale, we make it harder to pass a course with our failing grade of below 60%.
We at IPC are setting the grading bar a bit higher because we believe that if we require more work from our students, they will meet the challenge.