What is Cambridge AICE?
The Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) is an accelerated method of academic study offered solely through the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), a division of the University of Cambridge. AICE provides a flexible, broad-based curriculum that is offered worldwide at schools and colleges in over 161 countries, and is recognized by the Florida State Department of Education as a rigorous curriculum.
For schools that offer AICE courses, eligible students may take specific AICE courses in isolation, or work to earn an AICE diploma. To earn an AICE diploma, students must pass seven credits worth of college-level examinations that are given at the end of AICE courses – beginning in the ninth grade. At least one examination must come from each of the three subject groups: Mathematics & Sciences, Languages, Arts & Humanities with an optional group 4, Interdisciplinary & Skills Based Subjects, as well as the mandatory course, AS Global Perspectives and Research.
There is presently one high school Cambridge AICE site on the campus of Winter Haven High School.
What are some of the benefits for students in Cambridge AICE?
Students who complete the high school requirements of AICE will earn a specific type of diploma called an Advanced International Certificate of Education Diploma. The AICE Diploma is recognized by the state of Florida as more rigorous diploma than a regular Florida high school diploma.
To find out more specific information regarding student benefits, please view the Cambridge information on the Winter Haven High School website.
What are the prerequisites for students to participate in Cambridge AICE?
In order to attend Cambridge at Winter Haven High School, a student must apply and qualify for one of the limited seats during the open enrollment period during his/her eighth-grade year. For the upcoming school year, interested students must apply through www.PolkEdOptions.com during November or December 2018, and select an available screening testing date in January. Based on the results of the screening test, students will be invited and notified in March.
Students who meet the grade-point average requirements in sixth and seventh grade, and who will have earned one high school credit during their middle school years, are encouraged to apply during the open enrollment period. Students qualify based on the results of the screening test.
Florida State Statutes
f.s. 1007.29.534 (1)(c)
A student is eligible for a Florida Academic Scholars award if he or she meets the general eligibility requirements for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program and: Has been awarded an International Baccalaureate Diploma from the International Baccalaureate Office or an Advanced International Certificate of Education Diploma from the University of Cambridge International Examinations Office.
f.s. 1007.29.535 (1)(b)
A student is eligible for a Florida Medallion Scholars award if he or she meets the general eligibility requirements for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program and: Has completed the International Baccalaureate curriculum but failed to earn the International Baccalaureate Diploma or has completed the Advanced International Certificate of Education curriculum but failed to earn the Advanced International Certificate of Education Diploma, and has attained at least the score required under f.s. 1009.531(6)(b) on the combined verbal and quantitative parts of the Scholastic Aptitude Test, the Scholastic Assessment Test, or the recentered Scholastic Assessment Test of the College Entrance Examination, or an equivalent score on the ACT Assessment Program.
Students are expected to adhere to all the academic, ethical, and behavioral requirements described in the Student Code of Conduct. Depending on the location of a student’s residency, students and families need to be aware of the additional time commitment involved in utilizing district transportation.