Area schools offering Cambridge program

By Chris Tittel

HUNTERSVILLE – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Cambridge International Examinations are teaming up to offer students in the North Learning Community the opportunity to take their education to a higher level.
“The Cambridge Program is designed to prepare students for success in the 21st century,” Sherry Reach said.
Reach is CIE’s regional director for North America. She joined CMS Superintendent Ann Clark, NLC Executive Director Dawn Robinson and Hopewell High Principal Dino Gisiano at a news conference on the partnership May 19 at Hopewell High.
CIE is the world’s largest provider of K-12 international education programs and qualifications.
Reach said the Cambridge Program is running in more than 10,000 schools in 164 countries.
Hopewell “feeder pattern schools” in the NLC will join the list of Cambridge schools next school year.
The nonprofit program will be adopted for fifth grade at Barnette Elementary, Long Creek Elementary and Torrence Creek Elementary; for fifth through seventh grades at Mountain Island Lake Academy; for eighth grade at Bradley Middle; and for ninth grade at Hopewell High.
The program promotes a personalized and rigorous curriculum that emphasizes critical-thinking skills and inquiry-based learning. It also fosters student creativity and engagement.
Teachers working with students at the six Hopewell feeder schools will participate in intensive quarterly training, have access to an array of online support and coach other teachers on the program.
“We emphasize not only subject-matter knowledge and skills, but also the development of important learning attributes that help learners become confident, responsible, innovative, reflective and engaged,” Reach said. “We try to help learners develop a uniform curiosity and become lifelong learners.”
The program is run through the University of Cambridge, the world-famous institute of higher learning in England with a history dating back to the mid-13th century.
“We’re the only program that’s actually part of a university, which allows us to tap unique resources and expertise,” Reach said.
Cambridge diploma credits are accepted at institutes of higher learning worldwide, including more than 470 colleges and universities located across the United States.
“It’s exciting to form a partnership with Cambridge International,” Clark said. “It creates a unique leadership opportunity for our students. They’ll graduate with the ability to apply for college anywhere in the world.”
Parents with children who are currently enrolled at these schools can learn more about the program and access applications online at www.cambridgeatcms.weebly.com. The deadline to apply is June 1.

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