AICE CAMBRIDGE PROGRAM AT MCARTHUR HIGH SCHOOL
The AICE Cambridge Program at McArthur High School provides a well-rounded and rigorous college-level curriculum for the student who is ready to explore his/her place in the global community. Successful Cambridge students receive an international diploma – the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) diploma – which is recognized in 167 countries and automatically receive the highest level of Bright Futures scholarship in the state of Florida. This level of the Bright Futures scholarship covers 100% of tuition and fees, plus a stipend for books and supplies, for college. McArthur High School’s Cambridge experience is the stepping-stone for many students attending the country’s most prestigious Ivy League, Florida state and private universities.
The Cambridge Curriculum
Students take a variety of rigorous AICE (college level) courses taught by specially trained teachers. McArthur High School offers a variety of Cambridge courses. There are specific program requirements that students must pass in order to get their diplomas. Students will take AICE Global Perspectives and Research and at least one credit each from groups 1, 2, & 3 for a total of 7 credits. Any credits from Group 4 are optional and students may pick the remaining credits from any group. Students must take and pass 7 AICE exams to get their diplomas. Students may also take more than 7 AICE classes, but only 7 passing exam scores are required for the diploma. Students must also make sure that they meet Florida graduation requirements in addition to program requirements and complete 100 hours of community service during their time in high school.
For a complete list of our current Cambridge course offerings, please contact our Cambridge coordinator, Cathy Williams (Cathy.Williams@browardschools.com) or the guidance office.
GENERAL INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS
INFORMATION ABOUT EXAM RECOGNITION
Frequently Asked Questions About the McArthur AICE Program:
Q: Will taking AICE courses help my GPA?
A: Yes, AICE courses earn bonus GPA points similar to AP courses. Students earn 2 bonus points for each AICE course passed.
Q: If I take an AICE class but do not take all 7 courses for the AICE diploma, will I be short credits for graduation?
A: No, a student who does not complete all 7 AICE credits is still on track for regular high school graduation. All AICE classes also count as regular high school credits.
Q: What type of support is there in the McArthur AICE Program?
We have multiple layers of support for students and parents at McArthur. AICE teachers have been specially trained in the Cambridge curriculum and techniques. We have an AICE Cambridge Coordinator, Cathy Williams (Cathy.Williams@browardschools.com), who works with students directly and is quickly accessible to both students and parents when needs arise. Students in the AICE program are also placed in an AICE-only study hall class so that they may work with their peers and have access to a trained AICE teacher during the period for additional support.
Q: Is AICE comparable with AP and IB programs?
A: Yes, all 3 programs are well established, and the AICE program tends to be a little more flexible in terms of class choice and scheduling.
Q: Can I take just a few AICE classes to get college credit in those areas?
A: Yes, as long as a student passes the class and exam, college credit is available.
Q: Can I take AP classes and Dual Enrollment along with AICE classes?
A: Yes, highly motivated students are encouraged to take a combination of AICE, AP and Dual Enrollment courses.
Q: What are the prerequisites to enroll in an AICE class?
A: A student must have achieved at least a “3” on the reading FSA and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Our AICE courses are accessible for a wide variety of students but do require students to be motivated and responsible for their achievement.