Cambridge International Examinations Overview

On May 22, 2013, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho shared the stage at G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School with Cambridge International Examinations, Chief Executive, Michael O’Sullivan, and announced a three-year expansion of Cambridge Programs.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) is breaking new ground in international collaboration by entering into an agreement with Cambridge International Examinations, part of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.  M-DCPS has become the first major school district in the United States to build such a relationship.

Over the next three years, M-DCPS will roll out 80 Cambridge Programs in 70 schools, including the Cambridge Primary Program in elementary schools, the Cambridge Secondary 1 Program in middle schools, and the Cambridge International General Certification of Secondary Education (Cambridge IGCSE) and the Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (Cambridge AICE) Diploma Programs in senior high schools. These new Cambridge Program schools will complement the 20 existing Cambridge programs currently in 16 M-DCPS schools.

Michael O’Sullivan, Chief Executive, Cambridge International Examinations said, “We know that schools in the US and around the world want to provide their students with the best preparation for the next stage of their education, university and beyond. I’m therefore delighted that we have established this agreement with the Miami-Dade which I’m confident will benefit students and teachers in schools across the district.”

This new relationship will continue to highlight this District as a national leader in K – 12 international programs.  At the high school level, Cambridge AICE Diploma Program students at Ronald Reagan/Doral, Miami Lakes Tech, and Braddock have already earned distinction for achieving at the highest level in the United States on Cambridge AICE examinations. Ronald Reagan/Doral Cambridge AICE Diploma candidate, Ricardo Gomez achieved a Top in World Outstanding Learner award in Cambridge International AS Level Spanish Language. The expansion will allow more students throughout the District to reach this level of international distinction.

As part of this agreement, Miami-Dade County Public Schools will offer face-to-face professional development for teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels over the next three years in addition to online teacher training and curriculum support.

With the expansion of Cambridge Programs, Miami-Dade County Public Schools will offer a rigorous academic continuum that emphasizes analysis, problem solving, and communication skills.  Students who earn the Cambridge AICE Diploma can be awarded college credit or advanced standing at the university level, in addition to the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship

About Cambridge International Examinations

Cambridge International Examinations is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5 to 19 year olds. We are a not for profit organization and part of the University of Cambridge, one of the world’s top universities and trusted for excellence in education. Our qualifications are recognized by the world’s universities and employers.

We already work with 270 schools in the US who offer Cambridge Programs including Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge International AS and A Level and the Cambridge AICE Diploma Program. Students taking Cambridge AICE courses are expected to take Cambridge International AS and A Levels examinations, which form the structure of the Diploma.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools offers CIE programs at multiple grade levels. Below are the three programs offered by grade level.

  • Grades K-5: Cambridge Primary Program  Read Description
  • Grades 6-8: Cambridge Secondary 1 Program (Checkpoint) Read Description
  • Grades 9-12: Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education Diploma Programs (AICE) Read Description

For more information visit www.cie.org.uk

 

 

OVERVIEW

The Cambridge Primary Program is an innovative and accelerated method of academic study offered solely through the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).

  • The world’s largest provider of K-12 international education programs
  • A global model for academic excellence through rigorous standards and high expectations
  • An educational leader in 160 countries, with programs in over 9000 schools
  • Part of England’s renowned University of Cambridge

THE PRIMARY PROGRAM

  • Promotes academic rigor in English, Math, and Science
  • Provides a flexible curriculum framework that promotes creativity
  • Emphasizes thinking skills as well as inquiry-based learning
  • Measures student progress based on international benchmarks
  • Presents a global focus while promoting cultural sensitivity
  • Prepares students for Middle School and High School Cambridge programs

BENEFITS INCLUDE:

An Academic Experience

Part of the University of Cambridge’s Cambridge International Examinations, the Primary Program provides an engaging, accelerated, academic experience for motivated learners. Students are challenged to work at the highest level of international standards in Mathematics, Science, and English.

Flexible Curriculum

With a flexible curriculum framework, the Primary Program encourages students to inquire and explore as they develop essential competencies. Students learn how to analyze and solve problems, leading to a deeper knowledge and understanding of local, national, and global issues.

International Benchmarks

The Cambridge Primary Program provides teachers with international benchmarks to evaluate student progress, determining areas of weakness and strength. Teachers use a broad range of strategies, such as inquiry-based learning, in order to create a classroom atmosphere that is both stimulating and enlightening.

Student Initiative & Creativity

In all Cambridge programs, high expectations encourage outstanding performance. As students master the fundamentals in the core curriculum areas, they grow more confident and capable of exploring the arts and humanities. By emphasizing student initiative and creativity, Cambridge programs foster growth at all levels.

Participating Primary Schools (Grades K-5)

NOTE: K-8 Centers and 6-12 Centers will have two levels of Cambridge Programs to cover the grades that these Centers serve.

OVERVIEW

The Cambridge Secondary 1 Program is an innovative and accelerated method of academic study offered solely through the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).

  • The world’s largest provider of K-12 international education programs
  • A global model for academic excellence through rigorous standards and high expectations
  • An educational leader in 160 countries, with programs in over 9000 schools
  • Part of England’s renowned University of Cambridge

THE CHECKPOINT PROGRAM

  • Challenges students to excel in Math, Science, and Languages
  • Assesses student achievement based on international benchmarks
  • Incorporates a global vision of learning with sensitivity to cultural differences
  • Encourages critical thinking and the development of problem solving skills
  • Provides access to high school courses in mathematics and science in grades 7 and 8
  • Prepares students for accelerated academic programs in high school

BENEFITS INCLUDE:

An Academic Experience

Part of the University of Cambridge’s Cambridge International Examinations, the Secondary 1 Program is an engaging, accelerated, academic experience for highly motivated learners age 11-14.

Flexible Curriculum

Students in Cambridge Secondary 1 are exposed to a flexible curriculum framework that is compatible with Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) and the evolving Common Core Standards.

Student Initiative & Creativity

Students develop skills and understanding in the core content areas that lead to the exploration of the arts and humanities. Emphasis is placed on student initiative, creativity, and analytical thinking. Eighth graders are assessed with Checkpoint examinations that measure student progress against international benchmarks.

A Proven Record of Success

Students who continue in Cambridge’s AICE Diploma at the high school level will follow a program with a proven record of success. A University of Florida study conducted by the Director of Admissions found that AICE program graduates attending UF had a higher average end-of-freshmen year GPA than students from Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.

Participating Secondary 1 Schools (Grades 6-8)

NOTE: K-8 Centers and 6-12 Centers will have two levels of Cambridge Programs to cover the grades that these Centers serve.

OVERVIEW

The Cambridge AICE Program is an innovative and accelerated method of academic study offered solely through the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).

  • The world’s largest provider of K-12 international education programs
  • A global model for academic excellence through rigorous standards and high expectations
  • An educational leader in 160 countries, with programs in over 9000 schools
  • Part of England’s renowned University of Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE ADVANCED INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION AICE DIPLOMA PROGRAM

  • The Advanced International Certificate of Education
  • A flexible curriculum of Math & Science, Languages, and Arts & Humanities
  • A challenging program emphasizing critical thinking, analysis, and performance
  • A proven, successful learning environment for motivated, college-prep students
  • An opportunity to earn university credit or advanced standing for AICE exams passed
  • A diploma that leads to the Florida Academic Scholars Award

 BENEFITS INCLUDE:

Challenging Academics

Part of the University of Cambridge’s Cambridge International Examinations, the AICE Diploma Program is a flexible, accelerated, academic experience for highly motivated learners.  Students select from a broad range of courses and are challenged to work at the highest level of international standards.

Balanced Curriculum

Diplomas are granted to students who earn 6 or more credits by passing end-of-course exams at the AS level (single credit) and A level (double credit) with at least one course from each of the three content groups, Mathematics and Science, Languages, and Arts and Humanities.

Scholarships and College Credit

In addition to qualifying for the maximum Florida Bright Futures tuition scholarship, diploma recipients can earn up to 30 hours of college credit.  Students who complete the AICE curriculum have a solid foundation for university study here in the US or abroad.

A Proven Record of Success

AICE Diploma recipients have a proven record of success.  A University of Florida study conducted by the Director of Admissions found that AICE program graduates attending UF had an average end-of-freshman year GPA of 3.46 while students in other accelerated programs like Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) had average GPA’s of 3.12 and 3.10 respectively.

Participating Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education AICE Diploma Program (Grades 9-12)

* Denotes Magnet Programs