Published: Oct 27, 2010 6:51 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 27, 2010 3:50 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - North Fort Myers High School is proud to announce that a select number of its 2009/10 juniors passed one or more diploma-qualifying Cambridge AICE exams, becoming the first students in the District to accomplish the feat.

In fact, 87% of North High students sitting for the AICE English Language exam earned a passing score.

 “This is a tremendous accomplishment given that the Cambridge AICE program is in its infancy at North Fort Myers High,” said Matt Mederios, Assistant Principal for Curriculum at North Fort Myers High. “It’s a testament to the caliber of teachers and students we have.”

The Cambridge AICE program is a rigorous international academic program affiliated with the University of Cambridge in England. Students earning a passing score on an AICE exam may qualify for free college credits at any university across the United States. North Fort Myers High was officially awarded the Cambridge AICE program in February 2010. The school’s aggressiveness in pursuing testing at such an early stage has been very much appreciated by its top-performing students.

“With the AICE diploma qualifying a student for the top Bright Futures scholarship, the program itself has attracted a lot of interest from students who plan to attend a university immediately after high school,” said Michael Hubner, a senior at North Fort Myers High. “With the large selection of AICE and AP classes, North High is giving its students the opportunity to prepare themselves for college before leaving high school.”

In order to obtain an AICE diploma, students must pass a series of six exams from three separate categories. The Cambridge AICE program allows students flexibility in determining which categories to test in, which allows students to choose exams that best meet their strengths, increasing the likelihood of earning the diploma.