What is the Cambridge program?
The Cambridge program is an internationally recognized course of study for academically talented and motivated students. It is referred to as AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) at the high school level, and “Cambridge – Secondary I” at the middle school level.
The program operates under the sponsorship of Cambridge University in England and offers a wider range of classes. In the United States, there are more than 250 Cambridge schools since the introduction of the American program in 1990. Glades Middle School, Sunset Lakes Elementary, and Everglades High School work in collaboration to form the first K-12 program.
What is the focus of the Cambridge program at Glades Middle School?
The Cambridge courses at our school aim to assist students in becoming productive contributors to society. Each course makes continuous connections between the curriculum taught in class and the global and social issues surrounding us.
What courses are included in the Cambridge program?
The program includes 3 classes – English, Social Studies, and Science with its scope extending each year, and the student’s math placement is decided based on his or her math abilities. Beginning in 2017-2018, all eighth grade students will take Honors High School Physical Science, with selected students taking Honors High School Biology.
Who qualifies to join the Cambridge program at Glades Middle School?
Any student zoned for Glades Middle School is eligible. However, the following criteria must be met to be consider: An FSA percentile score of at least 80 percent in both reading and math, shows exemplary citizenship, an “A” or “B” in all courses during the application year must have been earned, strong recommendations from the current English, Social Studies, and Science teachers must be attained, and a passing score on the writing entrance assessment must be achieved.
If I join Cambridge, what are the academic performance expectations?
Any student who is a member of the Cougar Path Cambridge Academy program is expected to achieve an unweighted academy grade point average of 3.0.
If I join Cambridge, do I have to stay with the program my entire time at Glades Middle?
While in CPCA, it our goal for students to have experiences that will benefit their future endeavors. However, should unforeseen circumstances arise, students may transfer out of the program at the end of an academic year. At the beginning of each school year, new students can be accepted based upon availability.
What is unique about the Cambridge program at Glades Middle?
The CPCA program is distinctive because it is the only K-12 Cambridge Cohort in Broward County. The program instills higher-level critical thinking skills, develops 21st Century skills, and promotes global citizenship. In addition to world recognized Cambridge curriculum, CPCA students participate in project based learning and integrated curriculum units. Their learning experiences are supplemented with various field trip opportunities which have been carefully selected to expand their depth of knowledge.