AICE

About AICE

 

The Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) program is an international pre-university curriculum and examination system for academically able students.  It is a flexible, broad-based, three-year curriculum, which is 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 Bay High School includes a pre-AICE program for freshmen with advancement to the Advanced International Certificate of Education program during the sophomore, junior and senior years.

An AICE Diploma is awarded on the basis of examination scores and course work performance during seven full-credit courses.  By requiring students take a minimum of seven full-credit courses with at least one course chosen from each of the three subject areas plus Global Perspectives, the AICE Diploma ensures that all students follow a broad and balanced academic program.  Advanced (A) Level and Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level certificates listing subjects passed are issued to those students who do not earn the full diploma; additionally, students will earn college credit for passed exams.  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 through University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), a division of University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England.  For over 170 years the prestigious University of Cambridge has been setting worldwide curriculum standards through their examinations.  American universities have responded enthusiastically to AICE.  The Florida Legislature has identified AICE as a graduation option and acceleration mechanism through which students can be awarded up to 45 hours of college credit.  Students earning the AICE Diploma qualify for the highest level Florida Bright Futures Academic tuition scholarship.  Students completing the curriculum can earn the Florida Bright Futures Medallion tuition scholarship.  Students who complete the AICE curriculum will be provided the best possible foundation for advanced post secondary studies anywhere in the world.  Bay High School is proud to be one of the first high schools to offer the AICE program in the United States.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact the AICE Coordinator, Marlene Morris Bland

 

Admission Requirements

 

Students must submit an application to be reviewed.  The criteria reviewed includes: 

  • • Grades (minimum 3.0 GPA on core academic subjects)

  • • FCAT Scores (minimum 3 or above) or comparable national examinations

  • • Current math placement and grade

  • • Conduct records

  • • Attendance records

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 
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    What is AICE?
    The Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) is an international diploma that students can earn via an advanced academic curriculum and assessment program written and administered by the University of Cambridge International Examinations in England. The AICE program courses and examinations are offered during grades 10, 11 and 12. There is a pre-AICE curriculum for grades 9 and 10.
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    What are the benefits of AICE?
    AICE not only prepares students for acceptance to a university with up to 45 hours of college credit, but it also provides them with the skills required to be successful once there.
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    Does the AICE Diploma qualify me for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program?
    Yes, by earning the AICE Diploma and completing 100 hours of service during the high school years, a student will qualify for the Bright Futures Florida Academic Scholar Award which currently pays up to $101 per credit hour at a Florida public institution. Students completing an AICE curriculum but not earning the AICE Diploma may qualify for the Bright Futures Florida Medallion scholar award which currently pays up to $76 per credit hour at a Florida public institution. 
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    What is a Graduation Option and what does it mean for an AICE student?
    The Florida Department of Education has determined that the AICE Diploma Curriculum is a graduation option. To graduate from high school, students must complete the pre-requisites and requirements of six AICE courses, one from each of the three areas. This means that a student in the Bay High School AICE Program will have a broad, balanced curriculum designed to be successful in earning the AICE Diploma while gaining admittance to a university. Students are not obligated to take Physical Education, Personal Fitness, or other standard graduation requirements.  
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    How do I find out more about the AICE program at Bay High School?
    Please contact the AICE office at Bay High School at 850.767.4642.
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    What do I have to do to earn an AICE Diploma?
    Students must pass six credits worth of examinations within a twenty-four month period. At least one examination must come from each of the three subject groups: Mathematics & Sciences, Languages, and Arts & Humanities.
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    Do AICE students perform well on AICE and FCAT examinations?
    Yes. During the previous nine years, 100% of our students have earned credit by passing AICE examinations. Combined with dual enrollment classes, AICE students graduate from Bay High School with an average of 45 college credit hours. The Class of 2012 had a 93% pass rate on the diploma and 95% of the students earned a Bright Futures Scholarship.
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    What courses are included in the three AICE subject group areas?
    Bay High School AICE currently offers 22: English Language, Latin Language, Spanish Language, Literature in English, US History, International History, Modern European History, Economics, Business Studies, Geography, Classical Studies, Thinking Skills, Art and Design, Biology, Environmental Management, Marine Science, Chemistry, Physics, Computing, Mathematics, Advanced Level Mathematics, and General Paper.
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    Can I choose the courses I would like to take and can I choose more than six AICE courses?
    Yes, you may choose the AICE examinations for which you would like to sit provided you choose one from each of the three subject groups. Additionally, you may choose as many AICE courses that your plan of study will allow.
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    Do students have to earn the full AICE Diploma in order to earn college credits?
    No. Students receive General Certificate of Education (GCE) subject certificates for each AICE examination passed. Colleges award credit on a subject-by-subject basis according to grades earned on individual examinations passed. Therefore, if a student does not earn the full AICE Diploma he can still earn university credit. Also, students earn credit through dual enrolled courses which are Gulf Coast Community College classes taught on the Bay High campus.
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    Do many universities give college credits for AICE exams passed?
    Yes. CIE publishes a list on their website (go to www.cie.org.uk click on the Cambridge International A/AS Level link then click on the Recognition tab and then scroll down to the Recognition search) of US universities that have provided written statements of their AICE recognition policy. All public universities and community colleges in Florida award college credit for AICE exams passed.
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    Will I have so much homework that I can’t I participate in sports and clubs?
    No. You will have homework each night but each year AICE students participate in every varsity sport and hold offices in every club on campus. Building team work and cooperative skills are important to every high school student, as well as learning to manage your study time and activities.
 

Transcript Request

 

To have your AICE scores sent to a University or College, please complete the form below and follow its instructions.  If you need your Cambridge Student number, please contact Mrs. Morris Bland to request the number.  Bay High School's Cambridge School number is US015.

 

Courses Offered

 

Mathematics and Sciences

  • • AS Level Biology

  • • AS Level Chemistry

  • • AS Level Computing

  • • AS Level Environmental Management

  • • AS Level Marine Science

  • • A Level Marine Science

  • • AS Level Mathematics

  • • A Level Mathematics

  • • AS Level Physics

  • • AS Level Thinking Skills

  • • A Level Thinking Skills

Languages

  • • AS Level English Language

  • • AS Level Latin Language and Literature

  • • AS Level Spanish Language and Literature

Arts and Humanities

  • • AS Level Art and Design

  • • A Level Art and Design

  • • AS Level Classical Studies

  • • A Level Dress and Textiles

  • • AS Level Economics

  • • A Level Economics

  • • AS Level General Paper

  • • AS Level Literature in English

  • • A Level Literature in English

  • • AS Level History – International

  • • AS Level History – Modern European

  • • AS Level History – United States

  • • AS Level Thinking Skills

  • • A Level Thinking Skills

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