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1 MIDDLE SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS & CAMBRIDGE PROGRAM Fernanda Mascarenhas, Cambridge Coordinator

2 MIDDLE SCHOOL GENERAL REQUIREMENTS 3 Years of English Language Arts 3 Years of Mathematics 3 Years of Science 3 Years of Social Studies (including Civics) Career Education

3 MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMOTION From 6 th to 7 th and from 7 th to 8 th : Student must pass a minimum of 4 subjects, 2 of which must be the Language Arts, Mathematics, Science or Social Studies. From 8 th to 9 th : Completion of the Middle School General Requirements

4 RETENTION/RECOVERY * Course recovery is offered at the end of first semester and at the beginning of summer. * Students can take up to 2 classes simultaneously. * Classes are offered in school through Plato/ Computer. * There is a fee for these classes. * Students taking course recovery during the summer will have to complete before school starts or will have to retake the course on their schedule (8 th graders will be retained).

5 REMEDIAL CLASSES Students will be placed in Intensive Reading and Intensive Mathematics according to their performance on the state standardized tests.

6 HIGH SCHOOL CREDITS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL Students are able to earn High School credits for selected courses taken in the Middle School. CSCS offers: * Algebra 1 Honors (7 th grade GEM or 8 th grade Advanced students) * Geometry Honors (8 th grade GEM) * Spanish 1 * Spanish 2 * French 1 * French 2

7 HIGH SCHOOL CREDITS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL GPA Grade Point Average is a point system that averages ALL high school courses grades students take up to their high school graduation. The 2 main reasons GPA is important are: 1. High School graduation requirement 2. College acceptance

8 HIGH SCHOOL CREDITS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL FORGIVINESS For middle grades students taking high school courses, forgiveness for required courses shall be limited to replacing a grade of C, D, F, or I with a grade of C or higher, earned subsequently in the same or comparable course. Only the new grade shall be used in the calculation of the student s grade point average for graduation. The student s record, however, will show all courses and grades taken.

9 HIGH SCHOOL CREDITS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL FORGIVINESS At CSCS ALL students taking High School courses in Middle School who earn a C or under are automatically scheduled in the same course for forgiveness (unless students earned a C or under only in a semester and choose to retake it online during the summer).

10 CAMBRIDGE PROGRAM

11 What Is The Cambridge Program? University of Cambridge * Cambridge International Examinations: Largest provider of international education program * 160 countries It prepares students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and lasting passion for learning.

12 Essential Skills Think critically Carry out independent research Evaluate arguments Work independently and in teams Communicate clear and well- reasoned arguments Understand global issues from multiple perspectives

13 Uniqueness of AICE Academically broad Flexibility Assessments include a variety of methods Bright Futures Scholarship Extras Annual conferences, College Night, educational field trips throughout high school

14 Cambridge in the Middle School 6 th Grade students are placed in different levels (intensive, regular and advanced) according to their test scores and course selection CSCS Cambridge Program starts in the 7 th Grade ALL students in advanced classes are exposed to the Cambridge Curriculum Cambridge curriculum delivered by Language Arts and Science classes in 7 th and 8 th Grade

15 High School s Curriculum The AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education)/Cambridge Diploma is designed for educational breadth, balance and to build on students strengths In 9 th grade students begin with Pre- Cambridge courses In 10 th, 11 th and 12 th grade students take Cambridge courses and examinations for college credits

16 DIPLOMA To Earn the AICE/Cambridge diploma students must choose and pass the test in one full AICE level class from each of the following groups of study: Group 1 - Mathematics & Science Group 2 - Languages Group 3 - Arts & Humanities Students then must choose and pass the test for three additional AICE level classes from any of the above areas or from Group 4: Group 4 Interdisciplinary and Skills based subjects Students must take and pass the exams for the Global Perspectives

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18 Benefits of The Cambridge Program Flexibility to pursue areas of interest & strength Increased GPA Ability to earn college credits International perspective necessary for tomorrow s leaders Ability to compete for admission to the most elite colleges and universities Additional ways to qualify for the Bright Future Scholarship

19 Cambridge Learners The Cambridge approach supports schools to develop learners who are: confident in working with information and ideas, their own and those of others responsible for themselves, responsive and respectful of others reflective as learners themselves, developing their ability to learn innovative and equipped for new and future challenges engaged intellectually and socially, and ready to make a difference in the world

20 Why YOU? Colleges & Universities look for students who take academically challenging courses throughout high school Colleges & Universities look for students who can demonstrate a directed pursuit of academic study Scholarship committees look for students who have taken challenging course work in five different areas

21 Why YOU? 1st Field Trip to Cambridge, England November 2014

22 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

23 VOLUNTEER OPORTUNITY WE STILL NEED HELP FOR PROCTORING CAMBRIDGE TESTS: Date from to # needed 11- May 7:30 10: May 12:15 3: May 7:30 10: May 12:15 2: May 7:30 10: May 7:30 10: May 7:30 10: Jun 7:30 11: Jun 12:15 2: Jun 7:30 10: Jun 12:15 2:00 1

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