Here at Dollar, we know that a good education is about more than academic results, but we are nevertheless very proud of the achievements of our pupils. According to the most recent Sunday Times league tables, Dollar Academy has the third best SQA examination results in Scotland. Dollar pupils thrive on challenge and sit more Advanced Highers per pupil than at any other school. We are also unusual in encouraging pupils to take the Scottish Baccalaureate qualification as we believe that additional pathways add value not only to university applications, but also to preparation for life.
Like most schools in Scotland, Dollar Academy follows the Scottish Curriculum, administered by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). These qualifications are highly valued by universities across the UK and Europe. The system is similar, in many respects, to the English A-level system with a broad range of subjects being studied up until age 16, followed by Higher examinations in five subjects in the penultimate year and, typically, Advanced Higher examinations in three subjects in the final year.
Our list of the university destinations of our leavers is particularly impressive and can be obtained on the “After Dollar” page of the website.
In 2018 pupils in Form VI attained a remarkable pass rate of 96% at Advanced Higher, with 62% of these at A grade. This was an increase in the A-grade rate of 7% compared with the previous year and is a school record by a comfortable margin. Four pupils received Oxbridge offers. The SQA Advanced Higher qualification is highly regarded internationally, with an A-grade equivalent to an A* grade at A-level.
In Form V the pass rate at Higher was 95.5% with 63% of passes at grade A and an excellent 43 pupils gaining at least 5 A-grades, the second-highest figure on record. New records were also set by Form IV at National 5, with a pass rate of 97% and with 77% of passes at A-grade. The record A-grade rate at National 5 was up 4% on the excellent figures achieved in 2017 and 2016, a significant development.