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Gateway offers a Cambridge Advanced Program of Studies for grades 6, 7, and 8. 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.

Gateway offers a Cambridge International Primary Programme for grades 9-12. The Cambridge International Primary Programme from University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) develops English, Mathematics and Science skills in young children across the world. It provides a natural progression through the stages of primary education and focuses on what children should be able to do at each of the primary stages.

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.

The Cambridge International Primary Programme also provides guidance for classroom teaching and learning. No part of the curriculum is compulsory. Schools can choose the parts that are right for their students, while following the national curriculum or offer the entire programme on its own.

The Primary Programme is designed to help teachers and parents gain a greater understanding of their children’s abilities, and their strengths and weaknesses. This is very important, as it helps teachers to know which areas to focus on for each child.

Part of the way teachers assess children’s abilities is by using Primary Programme Progression Tests, which are marked by the teacher. These tests enable teachers to tell where children are in their learning.

All children who complete the Primary Programme receive a Certificate of Achievement at the end of their primary education.

The Cambridge International Primary Programme is an excellent framework for learning in the primary years and provides a solid foundation for progression to secondary education, including Cambridge IGCSE and O Level.

For more information on the Cambridge Program, please visit http://www.cie.org.uk/countries/usa

Cambridge Track

Year 1
  • Algebra 2 Honors or Geometry
  • AICE Thinking Skills
  • AICE General Paper
  • AICE Global Perspective
  • AICE Marine
  • Pre-AICE Biology or Elective
  • ASL or Spanish
Year 2
  • AICE English Language
  • AICE European History
  • AICE Biology
  • Pre-Calculus (or Al.2 H)
  • ASL or Spanish
  • Elective *Industry Cert option
Year 3
  • AICE Language and Literature in English
  • AICE Environmental Management
  • Chemistry Honors
  • AP Calculus
  • AICE US History
  • ASL or Spanish
  • Elective *Industry Cert option
Year 4
  • AP English Language
  • AP Environmental or Biodedical
  • AP Stats
  • AP Calculus
  • AP Physics or AP Psychology
  • AP Government and Economics
  • Elective *Industry Cert option

Elective Options

  • AICE Travel and Tourism
  • AICE Sociology
  • AICE Art and Design
  • AICE Business
  • AICE Thinking Skills
  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • AICE Spanish Language-Literature
  • Industry Certification

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

Cambridge International Primary Programme

  • A curriculum for children aged 5 – 11
  • Excellent preparation for secondary education
  • Focuses on English, Mathematics and Science skills in young children
  • Shows your child’s progression through primary education
  • Certificate of Achievement for each child at the end of primary education
  • Developed by University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)

About Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)

University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) qualifications are taken in over 150 different countries and are recognized and accepted by universities, education providers and employers across the globe.

Cambridge international qualifications provide a route students can follow from the post-kindergarten stage to university entrance. CIE provides world-class support for teachers through publications, online resources, training workshops and professional development

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 or SAT 10 (stanine score of 7 or higher)
  3. Satisfactory Teacher Recommendations
  4. Writing Sample (Required for ALL students)
  5. Exemplary Attendance and Discipline Record

How to Apply

  • Current CSUSA students: Applications available at CAPS Information Sessions or in the main office of your school
  • For non-CSUSA students: apply to Gateway Charter; if selected by lottery and registration process is complete, application can then be submitted.

Find out more!

Please contact Scott Fultz, Cambridge Coordinator, at sfultz@gatewaycharterhigh.org to arrange an appointment or to learn more.