Aiken High to become state’s first Cambridge International School | Education

It’s official: Aiken High School will be South Carolina’s first Cambridge International School.

The announcement came last week following a review of the school’s application and an on-site visit to the campus by Cambridge officials, according to a news release from Aiken County Public Schools.

Teacher training and curriculum development will begin in fall 2017. Cambridge courses will begin with freshman students in the 2018-19 school year, with the graduating class of 2022 being the first eligible for the program’s Advanced International Certificate of Education diplomas. I

The Cambridge model focuses on creative thinking, inquiry and problem solving to prepare independent learners for an increasingly globalized world.

“We’re extremely honored to be South Carolina’s first Cambridge school,” Aiken High’s Principal Garen Cofer said. “To be able to offer advanced coursework in areas of interest to all students through Cambridge is really the right fit for our school and our young people.”

Cambridge International was the favorite among school, community and teacher leaders who served on a high school thematic focus committee that studied accelerated learning opportunities.

Aiken High once offered the International Baccalaureate program for accelerated learning, but because of its limited student participation, IB was eliminated as part of budget cuts in 2009. The school kept its international focus, however, with its foreign language program and an active international exchange program.

With Aiken High’s history of international involvement, the Cambridge program was selected as Aiken High’s accelerated learning focus because it will offer every student in the school the flexibility and rigor of an international curriculum in pursuing a Cambridge diploma or taking college-credit courses.

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