Published: Apr 07, 2011 6:26 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 07, 2011 3:26 PM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla -  It’s called AICE, standing for the Advanced International Certificate of Education, and the academically rigorous and internationally recognized AICE diploma will be offered to students at four Collier County high schools beginning with the 2011-2012 school year.

Barron Collier, Golden Gate, Lely, and Naples High Schools have officially been named AICE Centres by the University of Cambridge International Centre which oversees the program and actually awards the diploma.

Candidates who earn the AICE Diploma and complete 75 hours of community service earn a 100% Florida Bright Futures Tuition Academic Scholars Award and they may earn up to 45 college credits in the process.

AICE courses are equivalent to university freshman courses, and they include all subject areas.

The school district’s Chief Academic Officer Martha Hayes is “very proud of the effort of our schools to be selected to participate in this program.”

Executive Director of Secondary Programs Susan McNally anticipates that “this opportunity will be a great success for the students and schools involved, and we hope that additional schools will become AICE Centres in the future.”

Here is what our four principals say about the AICE diploma program:

  • “At Barron Collier, we will start next year with our incoming freshman class, targeting our top students since this will be a challenging program. Since all Florida universities are recognizing it, it will provide our students with a big advantage.” Tim Kutz, Principal, Barron Collier High School
  • “The addition of the Cambridge AICE curriculum will allow Golden Gate High School to serve our community of learners with a more comprehensive program of advanced studies.” Jose Hernandez, Principal, Golden Gate High School
  • “AICE will enable our students to get a head start on the rigor and relevance that they will face when they go off to college. Students will be stretched to new heights. It is extremely important that we offer all students the opportunity to reach their greatest potential.” Ken Fairbanks, Principal, Lely High School
  • “AICE is an opportunity for students to gain a global perspective through a challenging course of study shared by students from all over the world. The AICE curriculum is relevant and timely for students who now leave high school and enter a more than ever before ‘connected’ world-wide community.” Nancy Graham, Principal, Naples High School