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Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, Six Mile Charter Academy will be offering a Cambridge Advanced Program of Studies for grades Kindergarten through 8. The Cambridge/AICE Program is an internationally-recognized, pre-university curriculum which offers a rigorous and relevant program of studies and is sponsored by the University of Cambridge in England.

The Cambridge Program

The Cambridge Program offers an international, pre-university curriculum and examination system that emphasizes the value of a broad and balanced study for academically able students.

The Cambridge curriculum aims to encourage the skills of independent research and investigation, the use of initiative and creativity and the application of knowledge and skills. A range of assessment techniques is used. Emphasis is placed on the use of externally marked examination papers by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and on compulsory practical work where appropriate.

An important principle of this examination system is that students are rewarded for positive achievement – what they know, understand, and can do – rather than being penalized for an accumulation of errors. This requires students to demonstrate a high level of literacy and the ability to organize knowledge and ideas to produce reasoned, written responses.

The Cambridge International Primary Programme also provides guidance for classroom teaching and learning. No part of the curriculum is compulsory. Schools can choose the parts that are right for their students, while following the national curriculum, or offer the entire programme on its own.

The Primary Programme is designed to help teachers and parents gain a greater understanding of their children’s abilities, and their strengths and weaknesses. This is very important, as it helps teachers to know which areas to focus on for each child.

Part of the way teachers assess children’s abilities, is by using Primary Programme Progression Tests, which are marked by the teacher. These tests enable teachers to tell where children are in their learning.

All children who complete the Primary Programme receive a Certificate of Achievement at the end of their primary education.

The Cambridge International Primary Programme is an excellent framework for learning in the primary years and provides a solid foundation for progression to secondary education, including Cambridge IGCSE and O Level.

For more information on the Cambridge Program, please visit http://www.cie.org.uk/countries/usa

Cambridge International Primary Programme

  • A curriculum for children aged 5 – 14
  • Excellent preparation for secondary education (middle and high school)
  • Focuses on English, Mathematics and Science skills in young children
  • Shows your child’s progression through primary and middle grades education
  • Certificate of Achievement for each child at the end of primary education
  • Developed by University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is a two-year curriculum that provides a strong preparation for higher-level courses such as Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) and A.P. For the many courses students are required to sit for an external examination administered by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). Upon successful completion students receive individual subject certificates.

Cambridge Student Profile

A Cambridge student is one who:

  • Is comfortable in an environment where scholarship is the norm
  • Has a love of learning
  • Continually challenges herself/himself
  • Enjoys enhancing his/her critical thinking skills, using information learned in the classroom to develop a deeper level of understanding
  • Makes academic achievement a high priority and is willing to set aside other priorities to meet this goal
  • Believes hard work and effort, in tandem with intellectual ability, is the determiner of academic achievement
  • Is self-motivated
  • Is comfortable advocating on his/her behalf
  • Works well independently and in groups
  • Has good time-management skills

What are the Six Mile Charter Academy CAPS admission requirements?

Admission to the CAPS will be based on the following:

  • Minimum B average in all subjects
  • FCAT Reading & Mathematics 3 or higher–Change this line to say “FSA ELA and Mathematics score”
  • Satisfactory Teacher Recommendations
  • Writing Sample (Required for ALL students)
  • Exemplary Attendance and Discipline Records