Schools and Libraries
March 11, 2013From: Sarasota County Schools
North Port High School will begin offering the Advanced International Certificate of Education Program when the 2013-14 school year starts in August. Also known as AICE, the program provides a high-quality diploma that prepares students for honors-level college degree programs and lets them tailor their studies to their individual interests, abilities and future plans, all within an international curriculum framework.
Principal David Jones said, “North Port High continues to offer students multiple opportunities for pursuing rigorous coursework, and earning college credit. We are very excited to join the worldwide community of Cambridge International Schools.”
Cambridge International Examinations first offered the AICE program in 1994 and oversees the curriculum at schools around the world. In the Sarasota County School District, Sarasota High and Booker High currently offer the AICE Program.
North Port High is qualified to offer the AICE program because it has been awarded Cambridge International School status by Cambridge International Examinations. The school is also approved to offer other Cambridge programs and qualifications, including the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education and Cambridge Advanced Level (Cambridge A).
Ann Puntis, chief executive of Cambridge International Examinations, said, “We are delighted to announce that North Port High School has joined our global community of Cambridge schools. We look forward to a long and productive relationship which will be of great benefit to learners throughout the region.”
The flexibility of the AICE program will be a benefit for NPHS students. Courses can be taken independently and/or collectively. A student can take a single course, and receive college credit after successfully completing an examination. A student can also take a series of courses over four years and earn an AICE Diploma.
Twelve current North Port teachers will instruct the AICE classes. Courses offered to incoming ninth-graders will include Pre-AICE English, Pre-AICE Biology and Pre-AICE Spanish. Courses in the AICE Program that will be offered for students in grades 10 through 12 include Marine Science, Spanish 2 and Thinking Skills. Students entering NPHS next year as freshmen have the greatest ability to complete the AICE Diploma program, but sophomores, juniors and seniors will have the chance to register for independent AICE courses.
About Cambridge International Examinations
Cambridge International Examinations is the world’s largest provider of international education programs and qualifications for 5- to 19-year-olds. It is part of the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England, one of the world’s renowned institutions of higher learning. Cambridge programs and qualifications are taught in more than 9,000 schools in over 160 countries. Schools offering Cambridge programs receive comprehensive support, including teacher training, classroom resources and membership in a global learning community.