Tarpon Springs Middle approved as Cambridge school
Tarpon Springs Middle School has been officially approved to offer the pre-Cambridge program to students in the 2014/15 school year, according to Pinellas County Schools.
The curriculum emphasizes advanced academics with a global flavor. The program at Tarpon Springs Middle is one of four new middle school offerings for the coming school year. Pinellas Park Middle also plans to offer pre-Cambridge and already has been approved.
The Pre-Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education or AICE, as it's officially known, would provide middle school students with a rigorous program of study that could track into the high school Cambridge program. The high school program is available at several schools, including Dixie Hollins High, Clearwater High and Tarpon Springs High.
The Cambridge programs have been developed by the University of Cambridge in England. It has become more popular in recent years in the United States. Superintendent Mike Grego said last month that it's a program the district could consider expanding.
The Cambridge program is considered a rigorous course of study, similar to the International Baccalaureate program but with more flexibility in course scheduling.