Our district launched the Cambridge Programme at Pasco Middle School and Pasco High School in 2014. In an effort to create a seamless progression for students and prepare them for this challenging academic program, San Antonio Elementary now feeds students into those two schools while Paul R. Smith feeds into Anclote. Northwest Elementary School, Hudson Middle School, and Hudson High School will offer the Cambridge Programme beginning in the 2020-2021 school year.
The Cambridge curriculum and assessments are designed with the five Cambridge attributes in mind: confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged. The Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) is an innovative and accelerated method of academic study offered solely through the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), a division of the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England — an institution consistently ranked as one of the top five academic universities in the world. Cambridge provides a flexible, broad-based curriculum that is offered worldwide at schools and colleges in over 161 countries. For over 170 years, the prestigious University of Cambridge has been setting worldwide curriculum standards through their examinations.
Why should students enroll in AICE courses?
The AICE program of study offers students one of the most demanding and rigorous college preparatory programs in the world. After completing at least one course in each of the three academic areas and the required Global Perspectives course, students have the flexibility to choose a course of study that best meets their abilities and interests. Students also have the option of taking AICE courses and their subsequent exams in order to earn college credits without applying for the AICE diploma. Regardless of the option chosen, enrollment in these rigorous courses will benefit PHS students in the college application process.
Why are AICE courses and the AICE Diploma important?
American universities have responded enthusiastically to AICE. The Florida Legislature has identified AICE as a graduation option and acceleration mechanism through which students can be awarded up to 45 hours of college credit at all public universities and colleges in Florida. Students earning the AICE Diploma qualify for the maximum Florida Academic Scholars tuition scholarship (with the completion of the required number of community service hours) and are not required to meet the minimum GPA and SAT/ACT testing scores.