South Broward High School joins global community of Cambridge schools

dtvolz South Broward High School joins global community of Cambridge schools

David Volz

Reporter at Hollywood Gazette
David Volz is a freelance writer and reporter living in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
dtvolz South Broward High School joins global community of Cambridge schools

With the opening of the school year this August, South Broward High School opened a new chapter in its 100-year history with the implementation of the Cambridge Programme.

The Cambridge Programme is a high school program in affiliation with Cambridge International Examinations that offers students the opportunity to earn the prestigious Cambridge International AICE Diploma along with their diploma from South Broward High School. The program is offered to students who apply who have achieved a minimum of 3’s and 4’s on their FCATs.

South Broward High School has been awarded Cambridge International School status by Cambridge International Examinations and is approved to offer Cambridge Programmes and qualifications, including Marine Science, Physics, Mathematics/Calculus, Mathematics/Probability and Statistics, English, Thinking Skills, General Paper, Art and Design, French, and Spanish. 

“We are so excited to bring courses to the Hollywood community that promote rigor and high standards of learning while keeping a global focus in our curriculum,” said Olayemi Awofadeju, principal of South Broward High School.

Cambridge Programmes and qualifications are recognized and valued by universities and employers around the world. Cambridge helps schools deliver the best education possible by providing comprehensive support, including teacher training, classroom resources and membership of a global learning community.

In order to earn the AICE Diploma, interested students will enroll in Cambridge Programme courses within South Broward during their Junior and Senior years with preparatory coursework offered Freshman and Sophmore years. At the end of each course students will take an exam and those passing the exam will earn credits toward the AICE Diploma. 

Advantages to students earning the AICE Diploma are that the Cambridge Programme and resulting AICE Diploma are both nationally and internationally recognized and valued by universities. The Cambridge Programme courses are considered college-level courses so students earning the AICE may receive as many as 45 college credits based on their scores on the Cambridge examinations depending on the university they attend. 

Universities around the world recognize the AICE Diploma including Harvard, Yale, MIT, Stanford and local favorites: University of Florida, Florida State and University of Miami. The AICE Diploma along with community service hours can also qualify students for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarships.

In addition to offering the Cambridge Programme and in response to increasing demand for computer science professionals in the workforce, South Broward is also placing an emphasis on students receiving a background in technology. 

Last year, South Broward was the State of Florida winner of a $10,000 grant in collaboration with code.org to bring computer coding to the classroom. This grant has been used to build an infrastructure within the school to offer an innovative multi-tiered computer-coding curriculum to prepare students for the next phase of their lives in this ever-expanding job market.

South Broward has also earned recognition in its Hospitality and Tourism Program and their Marine Magnet Program continues to set the bar higher each year. This year construction was completed on a new pool which allows students to work on their under-water robots. 

In addition, the school was recently named a LEEO (Linked Education and Employment Outcomes) School linked in with industry business partners to earn practical real world experiences in the fields of global logistics and maritime technology.

With the implementation of these programs and now the offering of an international diploma program, South Broward High School sits poised to give the best and the brightest, most talented students every competitive advantage to face the challenges of post high-school education.

 

 

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David Volz is a freelance writer and reporter living in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.