John F. Kennedy Middle School is proud to offer our students the opportunity to participate in the internationally recognized Cambridge Program through the Secondary 1 curriculum.
The Cambridge Secondary 1 Program is an innovative and accelerated method of academic study offered solely through the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).
The world’s largest provider of K-12 international education programs
A global model for academic excellence through rigorous standards and high expectations
An educational leader in 160 countries, with programs in over 9000 schools
Part of England’s renowned University of Cambridge
THE CHECKPOINT PROGRAM
Challenges students to excel in Math, Science, and Languages
Assesses student achievement based on international benchmarks
Incorporates a global vision of learning with sensitivity to cultural differences
Encourages critical thinking and the development of problem-solving skills
Provides access to high school courses in mathematics and science in grades 7 and 8
Prepares students for accelerated academic programs in high school
An Academic Experience
Part of the University of Cambridge’s Cambridge International Examinations, the Secondary 1 Program is an engaging, accelerated, academic experience for highly motivated learners age 11-14.
Students in Cambridge Secondary 1 are exposed to a flexible curriculum framework that is compatible with Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) and the evolving Common Core Standards.
Student Initiative & Creativity
Students develop skills and understanding in the core content areas that lead to the exploration of the arts and humanities. Emphasis is placed on student initiative, creativity, and analytical thinking. Eighth graders are assessed with Checkpoint examinations that measure student progress against international benchmarks.
A Proven Record of Success
Students who continue in Cambridge’s AICE Diploma at the high school level will follow a program with a proven record of success. A University of Florida study conducted by the Director of Admissions found that AICE program graduates attending UF had a higher average end-of-freshmen year GPA than students from Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.