Advanced International Cambridge Examinations

Description
Cambridge (AICE) courses are part of the Cambridge Advanced Programme – the culmination of a K-12 international program offered through Cambridge University. There are 55 different AICE subjects. These college-level courses and exams are provided in high schools and allow students the opportunity to earn college credit and advanced placement in college course sequencing, helping them to stand out in the admissions process.

In addition to individual A/AS level and IGCSE courses, there is an AICE Diploma (the Advanced International Certificate of Education). To earn an AICE Diploma, students must study a compulsory core subject, Cambridge AS Level Global Perspectives & Research, as well as Cambridge AS & A Level subjects drawn from three curriculum areas: mathematics and science (Group 1), languages (Group 2), and arts and humanities (Group 3). There is also the option to study interdisciplinary subjects (Group 4).

Benefits
AICE coursework is challenging, however, any student who is motivated and interested may take an AICE course. As a District policy, students who register and take an AICE course must also take the AICE exam to successfully complete the course. The AICE exams are developed and scored by Cambridge University. AS and A Level AICE exam scores are accepted by most public colleges and universities in Florida for college credit, advanced placement or both, based on successful exam scores of A, B, C, D or E. Many universities worldwide also accept Cambridge course credits. Information regarding credit policies for AICE courses.

Students who have completed the Cambridge AICE Diploma curriculum with best composite score of 1290 SAT or 29 ACT and 100 hours of community service will receive the Florida Academic Scholars Award ($103 per semester hour tuition at 4-year colleges) from the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

Students who have completed the Cambridge AICE Diploma curriculum with best composite score of 1170 SAT or 26 ACT and 75 hours of community service will receive the Florida Medallion Scholars Award ($77 per semester hour tuition at 4-year colleges) from the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

Weighting
Palm Beach County weights for AP, AICE, DE and IB courses are as follows:

  • A = 6.0
  • B = 4.5
  • C = 3.0
  • D = 1.5

Please note that this weighting is used to calculate HPA (Honors Point Average), but that not all colleges and universities keep this weighting when calculating GPA (Grade Point Average) for admissions determinations.

Schools that offer AICE courses
All District high schools offer AICE courses; however, which courses and how many are offered, as well as whether or not the AICE Diploma is available, vary by school, based on student interest, teacher expertise, and resource availability.

Cambridge Lower Secondary Programmes:
Woodlands Middle School
Lantana Middle School

Cambridge Primary Programmes:
H.L. Johnson Elementary School

Links to information on college acceptance of AICE scores:
AICE exam results are sent directly to schools each year. Each university determines its own awarding of college credits based on their own policies (see AICE Credit Policies); however, all public state universities in Florida adhere to the statewide articulation agreement.

Contact Information:
Becky Youngman, Manager, College Readiness
Phone: 561-432-6344
Fax: 561-434-8073
becky.youngman@palmbeachschools.org

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