What is AICE Cambridge?

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 9th 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 AICE Cambridge site (on the campus of Winter Haven High School)

What are some benefits for students in AICE Cambridge?

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 pre-requisites for students to participate in AICE Cambridge

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 the child’s 8th 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 whose middle school Grade Point Average is high enough during 6th and 7th grade and 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 Statute

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.

 

District Expectations

Students are expected to adhere to all the academic, ethical, and behavior requirements described in the school site 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.