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Scheduled Downtime

May 26, 2016

Our servers will be down for maintenance on Saturday, May 28 from 9AM HK time (GMT+8). See how this translates to your local time here.

The maintenance window is planned for approximately 3 hours to perform a network upgrade (9AM-12:00PM GMT+8 | 1am-4am UCT). The downtime will affect both ManageBac and OpenApply, and address server capacity and network issues.

Thanks for your patience and enjoy the weekend!

ManageBac Workshops in DC: Recap

May 17, 2016

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In Washington, DC we welcomed participants from ten schools on May 11th, 2016, for our first ManageBac Workshops in the DC area. Thank you to Eastern High School for hosting.

We started with networking activities and a company update from ManageBac staff, followed by programme-specific workshops.

The breakout sessions allowed teachers, coordinators, and administrators to share best practices. Sessions focused on how to utilize ManageBac to the fullest while keeping students, teachers, and parents accountable and informed.

Setting up the gradebook and report cards were popular topics as many schools are transitioning to a criterion or standards based grading model. Amy Quinn, PYP Coordinator at Washington Yu Ying PCS, said, “Parents rave about ManageBac because they can login at anytime and access any report card they want!”

Curriculum mapping and assessment was also discussed. Dean Harris, IB Coordinator at Washington International School, explained, “Unit planners provide great guidance for MYP teachers at all levels of IB expertise.”

We thank our attendees and look forward to hosting many more ManageBac Workshops in America!

Interested in hosting a ManageBac Workshop at your school? E-mail

Welcome New ManageBac Schools

May 17, 2016

Welcome the following schools to ManageBac!

New Schools MB - May 2016


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

ManageBac User Group Conference Hong Kong: Recap

May 10, 2016


On May 7-8, we hosted our fourth User Group Conference in Asia-Pacific at Hong Kong Academy. We were thrilled to welcome more than 150 participants from over 60 schools.

This was our first two-day conference in Asia-Pacific, which featured an expanded programme of keynotes and breakout sessions led by experienced school administrators, as well as a “Genius Bar” for ManageBac support.

The first day began with remarks from Hong Kong Academy’s Head of School Stephen Dare, and a keynote talk from Dana Watts, the Director of Innovation at 21st Century Learning, on breaking down silos within schools to empower authentic student learning.

The keynote was followed by a presentation from Hong Kong Academy’s Directory of Technology Andy Birch and MYP Coordinator Jennifer Swinehart, who shared their journey implementing ManageBac over the last six years. A company update from ManageBac followed, which included a product development roadmap for 2016.

Participants then went into programme-specific breakout sessions, including:

Following lunch, the afternoon breakout sessions included:

Participants then came back together for a workshop led by Melinda Alford & Hugo Drummond of Shen Wai
International School on engaging stakeholders in the use of ManageBac.

On the second day of the conference, the morning offered three talks:

Breakout sessions followed, focused on:

The final breakout sessions after lunch included:

Participants ended the conference with a Jobs-A-Like and Networking session.

We had a wonderful time connecting with our schools in Asia-Pacific, and are grateful to Hong Kong Academy for hosting us in their beautiful new campus.

Here are some photos from the conference:

For further information, you can:

Participants said:

For someone new to ManageBac it was very useful to pick brains. The presenters and experts were warm and helpful. A few of my concerns have been laid to rest.

It was one of the best conferences I’ve attended. Sessions were meaningful and focused and the keynotes were great.

The best conference I have been to in a long time. I loved that it was not just about ManageBac, but also allowed opportunities to communicate with others with similar pedagogical interests and then consider applying these through MB.

Company Update in Hong Kong

May 10, 2016

At our user group conference in Hong Kong this past weekend, we provided a general company update, including a review of our service in 2015 and what we have planned for 2016. The slides are now available below.

Feature Friday

May 6, 2016
  • Updated ToK Presentation planning document: The TK/PPD form has been updated for the May 2017 session students. The form can be viewed via IB Manager > ToK > Bulk PPD Export or on the Presentation tab within any student ToK worksheet.
Middle Years
  • Updated Unit Planner & PDF Export: The MYP unit planner has been updated to further support Interdisciplinary Unit Planning, including a newly designed PDF export.

Join us for Complimentary ManageBac Workshops in Washington, DC!

April 22, 2016

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We’re hosting complimentary ManageBac workshops in Washington, DC on May 11, 2016 from 5PM – 7PM. Registration will begin at 4:30PM.

Come explore the infinite possibilities of ManageBac for the DP, MYP, & PYP!

The workshops are for the beginner to advanced ManageBac user who is keen to learn more. We will have 3 simultaneous workshops for DP, MYP, & PYP focused on learning additional tips and tricks, troubleshooting, and Q&A with the ManageBac support specialists.

View the program.

What is required?

  • A laptop
  • Questions for the ManageBac team

This event is free of charge.

Light refreshments are included. Participants are responsible for their own transportation.

Eastern High School
1700 East Capitol Street NE
Washington, DC 20003


Ticket availability is limited so register now!
Hope to see you in Washington, DC!

Welcome New ManageBac Schools

April 18, 2016

Welcome the following schools to ManageBac!

MB New Schools April, 2016


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

Save the Date: Admissions Conference Shanghai

April 14, 2016


After welcoming over 90 participants from 46 International Schools to our third annual OpenApply Admissions Conference at GEMS World Academy Singapore, we are honoured to announce our fourth Admissions Conference in Asia-Pacific!

We are delighted to be working with Western International School of Shanghai to organise the conference on November 3 – 5, 2016.

The conference provides an opportunity for admissions officers to network and learn from each other. Discover best admissions practices at leading international schools in Asia-Pacific and beyond and discuss common challenges facing admissions professionals in an international school environment.

This event is divided into a Pre-Conference, which includes a one-day or two-day track option, followed by a one-day OpenApply Conference.

*Registration will open on May 15, 2016.


What happened in Singapore?

Click here to see what happened last year.

Feature Friday

April 8, 2016


  • Class Roster Exports Updated with Parent Information: Parent First & Last Name as well as E-mail is now included on the student roster export of Classes, Year Groups and Groups.
  • Lock Parent Association: It is now possible to prevent Parents from adding Messages, Files, and Events to the IB Parents Association. To enable, navigate to Settings > Access Permissions & Security > Parents > Lock Parents Association > Save Changes. Admins and Teachers that are members of the IB Parents Association will still be able to post in the Group.
  • [NEW] Nature of Science: The IBDP subject “Nature of Science” has been added to ManageBac along with corresponding curriculum content for unit planning. Enable this subject via Settings > Diploma Program > Subjects.
  • ICCS Form for Group 4 Classes: We now support the ICCS form for Group 4 Science classes. Navigate to the Individual Investigations or Group 4 Projects of the class IAs tab. Click Export All ICCS or export individually. For more information, please click here.


  • Files: Files uploaded by staff to an applicant’s profile are now marked ‘Internal’ by default.
  • Enhanced Student Search: The student search bar has now been enhanced to narrow the search when searching the student’s full name and show student with highest match at the top.
  • Re-enrolment Dashboard: The Re-enrolment dashboard is now sorted to show confirmations and declines in chronological order. For more information, please click here.
  • Enrolment Analytics: The real-time enrolment tracking has been updated to account for seats held (i.e. students Pending Re-enrolment confirmation, and Places Offered), to allow for greater accuracy in calculating remaining seats. For more information, please click here.
  • Manually adding applicants/inquiries: The following fields are now required when adding applicants or inquiries manually: Student First & Last Name, Grade, Enrolment Year, Parent First & Last Name and Parent Email.

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