Cambridge Parent Information
General Cambridge Information
Unlike other advanced studies programs, Cambridge truly focuses on preparing students for the rigors of college. Our curriculum is built on open ended questions, the application of knowledge verses the recall, and depth of breadth of topics. This allows our students to learn how to learn and become self motivated lifelong learners.
Inquiry and research as well has communication skills are nurtured in our Cambridge classes. Students are asked to communicate their understanding and application of content through multiple ways: writing, speaking, digital, and visual representation.
What is Cambridge?
Cambridge prides itself on preparing students for the rigors of life, university, and career by teaching critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills. The entire process is built on the philosophies of the Leaner Attributes. These ideals and strong academic expectation allow for students to become independent, global citizens that are ready to leave the protections of home and high school to successfully advance through whatever they choices they make.
Where Do I Fit In?
Rigor is found through differentiation. We ask that open ended questioning be used in conjunction with multiple choice tests, until both the teacher and students are comfortable. We then ask that all questions are open ended. We also ask that writing occurs regularly. Writing skills are very important, and this is a core principal in Cambridge.
Lower Secondary (Middle School)
IGCSE Courses (8th through 11th grades)
These courses are paced at a rigorous level and we have high expectations for our students. Open ended questioning and writing will play a large role in these courses. We offer English 1and 2; Math 1-3, Biology, Chemistry, and Spanish (at Hopewell) at this point.
Anyone who carries a C or higher in the pervious course can take an IGCSE class. Ask a counselor or your Cambridge Site Coordinator.
AICE Courses (AS/A levels)
These are college level courses and if you pass the exam at the end of the course you can earn college credit and will earn a point towards your Cambridge International Diploma. These course earn the same GPA as AP/IB courses.
These courses are rigorous, but manageable if you follow the advice of the Cambridge Site Coordinator. Is there a great deal of writing and reading? Yes. Will it prepare you for college? Yes. You can take one or you can take multiple AS/A classes. It is up to you.
You need to have a C in the pervious course to be placed in an AS/A course.
How do I get in?
We do not require an application. We ask that if you are going to be a part of the honors level courses in Lower Secondary or in High School (IGCSE/AS/A) that you have earned at least a C in a like course pervious to the Cambridge course you are requesting. This way you know that you are up for the task. We never want to put a student in a situation where they will struggle and possible fail.
What happens if I am struggling?
1. We ask that if you earned a B or C in a pervious like course that you take AVID. AVID is a great program that supports students taking advanced courses. It will help you get organized and teach you how to manage time and projects. It will also give you a chance to get help with homework. AVID is the first step to helping yourself become a great student.
2. Become a Self Advocate for your education. Your site coordinator and teacher can sit down with you to help you determine what the main issues are and a plan of action to overcome these. We are a team, and we want to help you not just with content, but with your overall development as a lifelong learner.
What is This Diploma and Why Should I Care?
This is a huge undertaking for students and colleges and universities recognize this achievement when looking at students for admissions to their institutions. The diploma is the cherry on top of the sundae. Although it is not necessary to prove that a student has taken challenging courses, it does show a sense of fortitude within a student to take the number of courses and pass them. It proves that they are willing to work hard, study, and put their education first.
Will Universities and Colleges Even Give Credit?
State School systems have policies that have been created by boards. These policies are system wide, and tend to favor the student. UNC System Policy allows students to earn credit for both AS/A credits for a grade of c or better.
Private institution policies are created by the professors of each department. Each department decides what they will accept and what they will not accept. Most of these universities and colleges will state that they have a "case by case" policy. This means that it depends on the course and the department. They also tend to put caps on the number of credits that are allowed to be used, as well as how the credits may be used.
If you have a private institution that you know is not currently taking Cambridge credits, but you are thinking about attending, please let Stephanie Kelso know as soon as possible so that she can begin the recognition process. There are no promises with this process, but we will send the Cambridge Recognition officer to the school to discuss the possibilities of accepting credits.