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Keys Gate Charter High School offers a Cambridge Advanced Program of Studies for grades 9-12. The Cambridge/AICE Program is an internationally-recognized, pre-university curriculum which offers a rigorous and relevant program of studies and is sponsored by Cambridge University in England.

The Cambridge Program

The Cambridge Program offers an international, pre-university curriculum and examination system that emphasizes the value of a broad and balanced study for academically able students.

The Cambridge curriculum aims to encourage the skills of independent research and investigation, the use of initiative and creativity and the application of knowledge and skills. A range of assessment techniques is used. Emphasis is placed on the use of externally marked examination papers by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and on compulsory practical work where appropriate.

An important principle of this examination system is that students are rewarded for positive achievement – what they know, understand, and can do – rather than being penalized for an accumulation of errors. This requires students to demonstrate a high level of literacy and the ability to organize knowledge and ideas to produce reasoned, written responses.

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is a two-year curriculum that provides a strong preparation for higher-level courses such as Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) and A.P. For the many courses students are required to sit for an external examination administered by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). Upon successful completion students receive individual subject certificates.

For more information on the curriculum available through the Cambridge Program please refer to the Cambridge Information Session presentation given at KGCHS.

Cambridge Student Profile

A Cambridge student is one who:

  • Is comfortable in an environment where scholarship is the norm
  • Has a love of learning
  • Continually challenges herself/himself
  • Enjoys enhancing his/her critical thinking skills, using information learned in the classroom to develop a deeper level of understanding
  • Makes academic achievement a high priority and is willing to set aside other priorities to meet this goal
  • Believes hard work and effort, in tandem with intellectual ability, is the determiner of academic achievement
  • Is self-motivated
  • Is comfortable advocating on his/her behalf
  • Works well independently and in groups
  • Has good time-management skills

What are the CAPS admission requirements?

Admission to the CAPS will be based on the following:

  1. Minimum B average in middle school
  2. FCAT Reading & Mathematics 3 or higher
  3. Satisfactory Teacher Recommendations
  4. Writing Sample (Required for ALL students)
  5. Exemplary Attendance and Discipline Records

How to Apply

The Cambridge application window is open now through January 31, 2017. Inquiries about the program can be directed at Ms. Christina Vliet, Cambridge Coordinator: cvliet@keyscharter.org. Thank you!

Applications for new High School Cambridge students are currently available either at the front office or directly from Mrs. Burnett in Room 220. Any parents interested in having their child be a part of the Cambridge accelerated program should complete the application which also includes Letters of recommendation from the student’s Language Arts, Math and Science teachers as well as an essay that must be completed by the student. The deadline for completed applications is February 20th. Any questions should be directed to Mrs. Burnett at mburnett@keysgatecharterhigh.org. Thank you!

Please contact Christina Vliet, CAPS Coordinator, at cvliet@keyscharter.org Room 237 to learn more.