Mr. Patrick Vega,
The Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) is an international pre-university curriculum and examination system for academically able students. It is a flexible, broad based, two-year curriculum, which is being offered worldwide in schools and colleges. AICE features courses written specifically as preparation for honors degree programs. It encourages high academic standards and provides an ideal basis for study at the college and university level.
The AICE program at Ronald W. Reagan/Doral Senior High School includes a Pre-AICE program for freshman and sophomores with advancement to the Advanced International Certificate of Education Program during the junior and senior years.
An AICE diploma is awarded on the basis of examination scores and coursework performance during six-cull-credit courses. The full AICE diploma ensures that all students follow a broad and balanced academic program. Advanced Subsidiary (AS) certificates listing subjects passed is issued to those students who do not earn the full diploma. Within this framework, AICE offers an extremely flexible curriculum, which can be tailored to students’ interests, abilities and future plans. The AICE program is an innovative and accelerated method of study offered though the University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate (UCLES) in the United Kingdom. For over 160 years the prestigious University of Cambridge had been setting worldwide curriculum standards through their examinations. American universities have responded enthusiastically to AICE.
The Florida Legislature has identified AICE as an acceleration mechanism and students can be awarded up to 30 hours of credit. Students who complete the AICE curriculum will be provided with the best possible foundation for advanced post secondary studies anywhere in the world. Ronald W. Reagan/Doral Senior High School is proud to offer the Cambridge curriculum to its student body.
Benefits of a Cambridge Curriculum
AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) courses and examinations are equivalent to first year college and university courses (See Course Equivalents for more detail).
Students who pass the battery of six examinations are awarded the AICE Diploma directly by the University of Cambridge . Students who do not earn the AICE Diploma are given credit for those examinations they do pass and are awarded individual General Certificates of Education by Cambridge .
The AICE program of study at Ronald W. Reagan/Doral Senior High School offers students one of the most demanding and rigorous college preparatory programs in the world. The State of Florida Universities and the Bright Futures Scholarship Program each award one extra quality point for students who successfully complete a Pre-AICE and/or AICE course with a “C” or better.
AICE students are better prepared to be successful at the University level upon graduation from high school. A study recently done by Bill Kolb, director of admissions at the University of Florida , showed that AICE students performed better during their freshman year at UF, than students who took IB, AP and Dual Enrollment courses.
Acceleration Mechanism Average GPA During Freshman Year None (honors or regular classes) 2.60 Dual Enrollment 2.65 Advanced Placement (AP) 3.02 International Baccalaureate (IB) 3.08 Advanced International Certificate in Education (AICE) 3.46
Of the above-mentioned AICE students, only 4 of 30 students in the study had less than 3.0 GPA in their first year at the University of Florida.
Students must submit an application to the AICE office to be reviewed. The criteria reviewed includes:
Grades (minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA)
FCAT Scores (minimum 3 or above)
Math Placement Test
Teacher recommendations (one each from English, Math, and Science)