Why NIST?

NIST has earned a reputation for academic excellence, and our students continually outperform national, regional and global averages in the standard IB diploma examinations and SAT. The most recent graduating Class of 2014 posted exceptional results in the IB DP exams, setting a record average score of 36, with 41% of the students earning 38 or more points, and 28% earning 40 or more points. Comparatively, only 9% and 5% of test takers worldwide achieved those same levels.

 

IB Diploma Examination Results: 2005-2014

As an IB World School, NIST offers students in Years 12-13 the opportunity to pursue the IB Diploma, a high school qualification that is recognized by universities around the world. All students who choose to pursue the diploma must take the standardized IB examinations, administered by the IB. NIST students have traditionally excelled in these exams, posting scores well above the global averages, and often leading other schools in the region.

 20132014201520164-Year Average
Class Size
98
87
98
111
99
Students in DP
90
80
86
94
88
IB Diplomas Awarded
87
79
84
91
85
NIST Pass Rate
96.7%
98.8%
97.7%
96.8%
97.5%
Global Pass Rate
79.0%
79.3%
80.8%
79.7%
NIST Average Score
35
36
34
34
35
Global Average Score
30.0
30.1
30.2
30.1
NIST % of Bilingual Diplomas
42%
49%
47%
54.9%
48%
Global % of Bilingual Diplomas
28.23%
28.61%
28.51%
28.45%

 

SAT Results: 2012-2014

The SAT is a standardized examination offered to college-bound students worldwide, and a SAT score is required by many universities in order to complete the admissions process. Two key areas, math and reading, are measured, with an optional essay portion (as of 2016). Global averages remain relatively consistent at approximately 500 in each area. (See the College Board’s full results from 1972 to 2013 here.) NIST seniors consistently outperform these averages in both math and reading.

 2012201320142015
NIST Critical Reading Average
535
574
560
550
Global Critical Reading Average
496
496
497
495
NIST Math Average
600
620
622
612
Global Math Average
514
514
513
511

 

The Global Citizen Diploma

An optional qualification that students may choose to pursue during their high school years, the GCD allows students to reflect on learning experiences that are not traditionally measured through the IB programme. These reflections are reviewed and approved by a panel of staff members according to a standard set of expectations, allowing the students to earn recognition for their accomplishments in a wide variety of areas.

In the 2014-2015 school year, the first in which the GCD is being offered, four NIST students received the GCD certificate, six the full diploma and two the full diploma with distinction. Others are currently on track to receive one of the three by June of 2015.

 

University Matriculation

Each year approximately 90% of NIST graduates matriculate abroad, while the remaining 10% choose to study at universities in Thailand. A few seniors occasionally embark on a gap year, obtaining work placements, or complete their military service if so required by their home countries.

At NIST we begin the college guidance process in students’ first year of high school and work closely with them to select universities that are a good match. The guidance programme includes dozens of visits from university representatives each year; information sessions for students and parents; and a clear, transparent process that allows universities to trust that they are receiving serious applications from our students.

As a result of this careful planning, NIST students have been accepted to every one of the top 100 universities worldwide, and NIST alumni can be found in dozens of countries around the globe.