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Feature Friday

November 21, 2014

We’ve made improvements to the system this week:


  • May 2015 Exam calendars have been added and can be accessed via the IB Group > Plans > Exam Calendar.Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 10.51.38 AM

Upcoming Changes:

  • Reports: Excel Export Term Grades UI change and performance upgrade.
  • MYP Reports: Service as Action grade descriptors.

Welcome New ManageBac Schools

November 17, 2014

Welcome the following schools to ManageBac!

1. Kings-Edgehill 2. Eastern Mediterranean 8. Minnetonka9. Bologna5. Oakmont High6. Abbotsford 7. LaSelle 3. Granite Hills High

  1. Curtis High School
  2. Gateway International School
  3. Saudi School in Vienna
  4. King’s-Edgehill School
  5. Eastern Mediterranean International School
  6. Granite Hills High Schoo
  7. Back Of The Yards College Preparatory High School
  8. Harrison Preparatory School
  9. Oakmont High School
  10. Grand Rapids High School
  11. Abbotsford Middle School
  12. LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School
  13. Gray-New Gloucester High School
  14. St. Stephens Episcopal School Houston
  15. Minnetonka High School
  16. St Andrew’s School: The International School Of The Bahamas
  17. Keystone Academy
  18. International School Of Bologna
  19. International Academy Of Macomb
  20. International School Hout Bay
  21. King Abdulaziz Saudi School In Rome
  22. Shawnee Mission Northwest HS
  23. J.E. Williams Elementary School
  24. Williams Technology Middle School
  25. Providence Elementary School
  26. École Secondaire Catholique Saint-Frère-André
  27. The IDEAL School And Academy

In addition, welcome the following school districts!

  • Prince George’s County Public Schools

We’re proud to support you this academic year and beyond!

Feature Friday

November 7, 2014

We’ve made several changes to the system this week:


  • Open Days now support start and end times between 7:00 am – 9:00 pm.
  • The Google Maps display of your school address on the front page can now be enabled or disabled in the General Settings.

Applicant Profile:

  • The Overview tab is now only shown to students who have not filled out any application forms.


  • Tours now operate under independent calendars via Settings > Admissions > Tours. This means that different programmes can now set tours on the same day.


  • The logic and conditions of archiving applicants have changed. To accommodate schools that are integrated with ManageBac, there are now three different archive functions: 1) Archived, 2) Archived as Graduated, and 3) Archived as Withdrawn

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1. Archived decreases the total Applicants by one. This function is intended for applicants who’ve discontinued the application process. Only Pending, Applied, Admitted, Wait-listed, and Declined students can be archived.
2. Archived as Graduated increases the total of Alumni by one. This function is intended for students who have graduated from the school, and are to be archived in ManageBac.
3. Archived as Withdrawn increases the total number of Alumni by one. a student in OpenApply. This function is intended for students who have left the school before graduating from the program, and are to be archived in ManageBac.

Please also note:

  • Archived applicant data is still retained in the system.
  • Archived applicants can no longer log into OpenApply.
  • Enrollment status does not change upon unarchiving the applicant.
  • If your ManageBac and OpenApply accounts are synced, archiving an enrolled student in ManageBac will archive the student in OpenApply.

Upcoming Changes:

  • Files: files can be attached in the form of Messages, Notes, or Checklist Items.
  • Google Maps: the toggle to enable/disable the front page map will be moved to Settings > Admissions > Campuses.
  • Overview Tab: a toggle will be available in Settings > General to either:
  1. Disable the tab for all students
  2. Enable the tab for students without any forms
  3. Enable the tab for all students.

Feature Friday

November 7, 2014

We’ve made improvements to the system this week:


  • Grade 11 students can now have access to Page 1 and 2 of the ToK PPD form. This will help students preview how their presentation planning text will appear on the ToK PPD. Page 3 remains only available to teachers and administrators. 

Middle Years:

  • Community Projects are now available in MYP Reports
  • Corrections have been made to both the unit planner and the PDF export.

1. Backward Planning > Content

MYP Objectives from the Assessment page are no longer linked with Knowledge and/or Skills. Knowledge & Skills and Standards now independently appear on the unit plan, within the Content box.


2. Backward Planning > ATL

  • More than one ATL Skills Connection can be added; each can cover different MYP Objectives and ATL Skills.
  • Multiple MYP Objectives can now be selected and covered in ATL Skills. MYP Objectives that have been covered in another ATL Skills Connection are automatically bolded in green.
  • In addition to the Learning process box, Learning Experiences are now also tied to each ATL Skill.


3. PDF Planner

  • Inquiry Questions types are now separated by columns rather than lists.
  • Summative Assessment and Formative Assessment now show the task due date & time.
  • The ATL section has reverted to columns. The MYP Objectives serves as a header to the selected ATL Skill. Learning Experiences are tied to each ATL Skill.
  • Learning Experiences and Teaching Strategies are once again included in the Learning Process box.

Early-Bird Registration for User Group Conference in Dubai Extended

November 4, 2014

ManageBac conference dubai

Join us in Dubai for an exciting two-day conference on best practices for IB school management, programme-specific curriculum development sessions, and presentations from leading ManageBac schools.

We’ve extended the early-bird registration period for the ManageBac User Group Conference in Dubai to November 7, 2014. Learn more about the conference here.

Early-bird registration fee: $349 USD
Regular registration fee: $499 USD

Feature Friday

October 30, 2014

We’ve made improvements to the system this week:

Middle Years:

ATLs have been updated in the the unit planner to better reflect the relationship between knowledge and skills, objectives and learning experiences.


In order for ATLs to populate:

1. At least one specific MYP Objective must be addressed in this unit. Select MYP Objects in the Assessment page.
2. At least one Knowledge or Skill must be addressed. Add Knowledge or Skills in the Backward Planning > Content page.

The MYP Unit Plan tutorial has been updated to reflect these changes and can be referenced here.

Welcome New ManageBac Schools

October 30, 2014

Welcome the following schools to ManageBac!

1. Oak House School 2. Escuela Campo Alegre 3. Abu Dhabi International (PVT) School 4. Shu Ren International 5. Stonyhurst 6. GKV Cemil Alevli College 7. EIB  9. BISS 10. Walnut 11. Multilingual School

  1. Fundacion Privada Oak House School
  2. École secondaire Hanmer
  3. Escuela Campo Alegre
  4. Abu Dhabi International (PVT) School
  5. Shu Ren International School
  6. Wells Preparatory Elementary Academy
  7. Stonyhurst College
  8. GKV Cemil Alevli College
  9. EIB The Victor Hugo School
  10. Hoover High School
  11. Albanian College Durres
  12. Green Lake School District
  13. French International School
  14. Mandela International Magnet School
  15. British Nigerian Academy
  16. The British International School of Stavanger
  17. BATA Multilingual School
  18. MALABO Multilingual School
  19. MONGOMO Multilingual School
  20. MADEIRA Multilingual School
  21. CAPE VERDE Multilingual School
  22. Özel Nesibe Aydın Okulları
  23. Walnut High School
  24. Fort Dorchester High School
  26. Chatsworth International School – East Campus
  27. SEK Ciudalcampo
  28. Natiojnal Collegiate Prep PCHS

We’re proud to support you this academic year and beyond!

Group 4 IA Updates

October 21, 2014

Diploma Programme Group 4 Internal Assessment criteria have been updated.

The changes affect all Grade 9, 10, and 11 classes for the Biology, Chemistry, and Physics subjects. The IA tab user interface within each class accommodates the changes, including displaying the new criteria, total, and comments.


The gradebook for these subjects has also been updated for these Grade 11 subjects. You can find additional guidance in our Marking an Investigation tutorial here.

Students can view their progress, upcoming and completed investigations.


The PSOW form is not yet available for Grade 11 subjects. We will begin supporting the PSOW export when the IB has released the forms.

The Design Technology subject requires additional UI changes, and we plan to deploy the changes in January 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Feature Friday

October 17, 2014

We’ve made several improvements to the system this week:


  • Reports templates now offer the ability to show or hide the school phone number on the report card.
  • Attendance Daily Digest and Homeroom Absence e-mails can now be sent to administrators as early as 7:00am.

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  • Classes can now take attendance in as much as 15 periods. This can be configured in Settings > Attendance > Settings.

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Middle Years:

  • The Personal Project and Community Project Academy Honesty Form is now available within the students’ Projects > Assessment tab. The form will automatically populate the Interview Notes as supervisor-student meetings and supervisor comment.


  • ATL assessment is now included in term grade Excel exports.

Upcoming Changes:

  • Group 4 Internal Assessment criteria is scheduled to go live early next week.

From the Support Desk: Why is my unit not showing the Next Chapter information?

October 15, 2014

Once Next Chapter has been enabled via Settings > General, you will be able to create Next Chapter units for all classes. Please notify us at to assist in enabling MYP Next Chapter for your school.

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Once the Inquiry & Purpose tab has been completed in the unit planner, the Next Chapter information will be visible in the Units overview page:

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If the old information is still showing via the Units tab in your class, this means that the Inquiry & Purpose page has not yet been completed in the unit planner:

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