TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Cambridge International, the world's largest provider of international education for K-12 students, has announced that five Florida students will be recognized as 'Top in the World' for their exceptional learner achievement in Cambridge examinations. Additionally, 26 Florida students will be recognized as 'Top in Country,' and five will be recognized as 'High Achievement' Cambridge learners.
Cambridge International is part of the University of Cambridge, one of the world's top three universities, and prepares students with skills that will equip them for a world that is changing, both technologically and economically, at an unprecedented pace. The curriculum is designed to develop learners who are confident in working with information and ideas, equipped for new and future challenges, and engaged intellectually and socially.
Each year, nearly one million students study in Cambridge International programs worldwide, taking more than two million exams. In 2017, students in the United States completed nearly 100,000 Cambridge International AS & A Level exams, a record number and an increase of 23 percent over the prior school year.
"It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by Cambridge International as Top in the World. The best way to describe the Cambridge International program is as an integration into a world of next level thinking," said Alexis McKinnon, a junior at Booker High School in Sarasota. "My Cambridge classes have engaged me in a way standard classes had never done before. Learning about issues in the world around me, how to use critical thinking techniques, and how to go about analyzing information has exposed me to concepts that I will be able to apply to thinking in the real world and in my future."
The following Florida students received Top in the World awards:
- Kayla Barrera, Gainesville High School (Alachua County Public Schools) - Global Perspectives & Research (Cambridge International AS Level)
- Margaux Bernadette Albiez, Sarasota High School (Sarasota County Schools) - Global Perspectives & Research (Cambridge International A Level)
- Andrew Kennedy, Cypress Bay High School (Broward County Public Schools) - Thinking Skills (Cambridge International A Level)
- Lingwei Kong, City of Pembroke Pines Charter Schools at Academic Village (Pembroke Pines, FL) - Marine Science (Cambridge International A Level)
- Alexis McKinnon, Booker High School (Sarasota County Schools) - General Paper (Cambridge International AS Level)
"At Broward County Public Schools, we are committed to providing our students with access to rigorous, international coursework. Through our partnership with Cambridge International, we are able to offer a curriculum that is designed to develop critical thinking, research, and problem-solving skills in every student, across a wide range of subjects," said Robert W. Runcie, Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools. "We are excited to have a Top in the World award winner from our district and extend our congratulations to all Cambridge Outstanding Learner award recipients."
"We congratulate all of our Cambridge Outstanding Learners on their exceptional level of achievement," said Mark Cavone, Regional Director–North America of Cambridge International. "We are delighted to see U.S. students excelling globally, and that districts around the country are turning to Cambridge International as a partner for providing students with a rigorous academic program. At Cambridge International, we work with schools and educators to build programs that emphasize critical thinking skills, independent learning, research, and communications so students are ready for future challenges."
More than 600 U.S. colleges and universities, including all members of the Ivy League, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Duke University, New York University, University of Washington, and University of Virginia now accept Cambridge exams for credit and placement. Earlier this year, the North Carolina State Board of Education announced that Cambridge courses now fulfill North Carolina high school graduation requirements and will carry advanced grade weighting with the University of North Carolina and North Carolina Community College Systems.
About Cambridge International
Cambridge Assessment International Education prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. We are part of the University of Cambridge. Our Cambridge Pathway gives students a clear path for educational success from age 5 to 19. Schools can shape the curriculum around how they want students to learn – with a wide range of subjects and flexible ways to offer them. It helps students discover new abilities and a wider world, and gives them the skills they need for life, so they can achieve at school, university and work
SOURCE Cambridge International