Rockledge High School
Rockledge High Awarded International Fellowship Centre Status
October 9, 2007
University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), the world’s largest provider of international qualifications for 14-19 year olds, has awarded Rockledge High School with International Fellowship Centre status. All Cambridge International Centres around the world are invited to apply for Fellowship status once each year. This award reflects Rockledge High School’s outstanding commitment to offering education and training for CIE qualifications in Brevard County.
“Providing students with expanded educational opportunities is a priority for our school district,” said Superintendent Dr. Richard A. DiPatri. “We are pleased that Rockledge High has earned this status.”
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Six Rockledge High Students Earn the Distinguished AICE Diploma
August 10th 2007
Rockledge, FL – On August 10, 2007, the administration, faculty, and staff of Rockledge High School were honored to learn that six of their recent graduates earned the distinguished Cambridge AICE diploma.
The Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Diploma program is administered and assessed by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and is the world’s largest provider of international qualifications for 14 to 19-year- olds. As one of the world’s leading providers of international assessments, CIE offers a broad range of qualifications and programs, created with an international audience in mind.
AICE prepares students to enter college with up to 30 hours of college credit and is recognized as a pre-university curriculum that provides students with a broad, balanced preparation for college honors-degree programs.
Students enrolled in the AICE program select subjects from three areas: math and sciences, languages, and arts and humanities. Those who select six subjects from these areas and pass six credits worth of exams within a 13-month period are awarded the prestigious AICE Diploma directly by the University of Cambridge.
Rockledge High School students Donald Fields, Deanna Hogue, Joseph Magliocco, Kori Pruett, Stephanie Teresi, and Kiley Workman worked diligently throughout their junior and senior years to achieve this great honor. These RHS graduates passed at least six examinations and each has received college credit based on their scores in these examinations from public universities and colleges in Florida.
These students who earned the AICE Diploma also receive the following benefits: an internationally recognized Diploma allowing them to pursue their studies worldwide, a 100% Bright Future Scholarship if they attend a Florida state college or university and complete 75 hours of community service, and $600 per year towards text books and other school materials.
C A M B R I D G E
Cambridge Scholars Awards 2008
In October 2008, Rockledge High School received notification that 19 of our students qualified for a Cambridge Scholar Award. The Cambridge Scholar Award recognizes the students’ achievement at the AS/A Level examinations in the June 2008 testing session. In order to qualify for the Cambridge Scholar Award, students must take at least 3 AS/A Level examinations in one testing session and pass them with at least a “c” or higher. We commend the following students for earning this award:
Students win international honor
November 20, 2007
ROCKLEDGE - Seven Rockledge High students earned a Cambridge Scholar Award this year, a special designation given to only 59 students in the United States.
Cambridge International Examinations, or CIE, is the world's largest provider of international examinations. Cambridge students take rigorous courses and exams to receive college credit and advanced standing. Graduates of the Cambridge program receive a special diploma and could enter nearly any college in the world with as much as 30 hours of college credit.
Last year, six Rockledge High graduates received the special diploma. "I don't like easy classes, so this seemed like a good challenge," said Candice Prince, a sophomore who received a scholar award.
Educators and students said the courses differ from traditional honors or Advanced Placement classes because the classes focus on overall themes, opposed to memorizing a given set of information. "We write essays, giving both sides of an issue," said Tanner Lund, a senior award recipient. "We play around with our knowledge."
This year Rockledge High also became a Cambridge International Fellowship Centre, a designation that means the school is "operating above and beyond" an expected level of achievement. That designation is given to only four other schools in the U.S. and 19 others worldwide, Rockledge co-coordinator Jo Curnock said.
Eau Gallie High also offers Cambridge courses and Titusville High will be the next school to establish the program. Rockledge's Cambridge program has about 280 students in grades nine through 12. Only students earning at least three grades of C or above during a single examination period were eligible for the Cambridge Scholar Award. A C grade under the program is the equivalent to a B or higher in the U.S. grading system.
The format of the test also differs from most college entrance or AP exams because it focuses primarily on writing instead of a barrage of multiple choice questions.
The students receiving the Cambridge Scholar Award were Evan Griffith, Ryan Healy, Candice Prince, Meghan Dow, Donald Fields, Tanner Lund and Kiley Workman.
While becoming a Cambridge Scholar is considered a great achievement, most of the students said they are more thrilled about the knowledge they receive in class. "I've become more adaptable and will be able to use this information across every medium," Tanner said. "It's the versatility of the Cambridge diploma that appeals to me."
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For Immediate Release: April 9, 2007
LOMBARDI SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM SELECTS 2007 CLASS
Students in the first year of the program spend six weeks participating in an overseas study program in Merida, the capital of the Yucatan in Mexico during the summer before they begin at UF. All the students will participate in the Honors Program at the University of Florida.
One of the eight Lombardi Scholars who has been offered the John V. Lombardi scholarship beginning with the 2007-2008 academic year is:
Andrew Hutchins: Hutchins ranks first in his senior class at Rockledge High school in Rockledge, Florida. He is an AP Scholar with Distinction, a Cambridge Scholar, a National Merit Semifinalist and received a Cambridge Diploma with Merit. Hutchins has written for FLORIDA TODAY’S teen section, The Verge and served as one of twelve Teen Fellows chosen from thousands of candidates nationwide for the 2005 Newspaper Association of America/Youth Editorial Alliance National Conference. Andrew was selected as one of fifteen competitors for the 2007 “JEOPARDY!” Teen Tournament Summer Games and flew to Los Angeles in early March to tape episodes airing this July. He participated in Brevard County’s Model Student Senate for four years, serving as Minority Leader of the 2006-vintage Senate this past year. Andrew plans to major in journalism.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 26, 2009
DEP RECOGNIZES ROCKLEDGE HIGH SCHOOL FOR PUTTING RECYCLING FIRST
~School submitted more than 1,000 recycling pledges for America Recycles Day contest~
ROCKLEDGE –The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recognized Rockledge High School students today for their commitment to protecting and preserving Florida’s natural resources by winning the statewide K-12 Recycling Pledge Card Contest. Across Florida, more than 18,000 participants pledged to adopt conscientious living habits such as reusing, recycling, buying recycled products and encouraging others to develop these important habits in 2009. DEP, Recycle Florida Today, Creative Recycling Systems, Inc. and Publix Super Markets hosted the contest to recognize Florida schools for outstanding environmental commitment.
“The America Recycles Day Contest is important because it allows Florida’s students to actively take part in recycling efforts,” said DEP Central District Director Vivian Garfein. “By participating in environmental stewardship at school and at home, students realize the positive effects the 3 Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – have on conserving our natural resources.”
DEP officials visited Rockledge High School today to award teacher Ms. Jackie Insalaco’s (a Cambridge teacher) science class with a refurbished computer, courtesy of Creative Recycling Systems, Inc., for the class’s pledge of environmental stewardship. With more than 1,036 recycling pledges submitted from classmates, friends and family in 2008, Rockledge High has increased their number of pledges from the previous year by more than 400 and collected the largest number of pledge cards of any high school in the state.
“Rockledge High School is proud to receive the America Recycles Day Award for the second year in a row,” said Insalaco as she accepted the award. “Our school has a long history of recycling and this award represents the outstanding efforts of our students and staff alike in promoting this subject.”
Rockledge High was one of three Florida schools that submitted the greatest number of pledge cards, each receiving a refurbished computer. All pledges were entered into a statewide America Recycles Day drawing and eligible for one of three $100 gift certificates donated by Publix and a $100 gift card courtesy of Recycle Florida Today.
Contact your local county recycling coordinator to learn where to recycle in your community, by visiting http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/recycling/pages/contact_counties.htm.
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By participating in Advanced International Certificate of Education classes in the school’s Cambridge Academy program, they can choose classes in subjects that they are skilled and have an interest in.
“A lot of my classes in the past have been very broad and (non)-specific. AICE classes are more enjoyable and I get to do what I like,” said sophomore Rachel DeLoach.
“You learn a lot more that way,” sophomore Kevin Hutchins agreed.
The program originate in the United Kingdom and the curriculum is set by the Cambridge based University of Cambridge.
The 3o teachers at the school who teach AICE classes are trained in programs run by Cambridge.
Florida and Virginia are the only states that have the program available in schools.
The program at Rockledge High was recently designated an International Fellowship Center. It is one of only 19 worldwide, and one of only five in the U.S.
The school had to show community involvement, student success and have a high percentage of student involvement to be awarded the designation.
AICE coordinator Jo Curnock said the goal of the program is to prepare students for college.
“This program is helping (student) choose a major quite early on. We tailor it to each student’s academic strengths, and guide them towards subjects they’re good at,” she said.
Each student must take a class in the subjects of math and science, arts and humanities, and modern foreign languages. They get to choose the other classes for their coursework.
In addition to coursework, students must complete 74 community service hours.
Sophomore Candice Prince worked with Habitat for Humanity, while sophomore Evan Griffith volunteered at a hospital, and senior Tanner Lund organized and ran a blood drive.
Mrs. Curnock said the program is designed for students who are dedicated and highly motivated to succeed.
Most students agreed they enrolled in AICE classes because they wanted to be challenged.
“It’s more thinking and less memorizing,” Rachel said.
“You’re better prepared for college,” Tanner added.
While students tackle challenging coursework, they all participate in extracurricular activities and feel they still have plenty of time for a social life.
“The kids enjoy the rigorous portion, but they can still have a social life. It’s gotten the kids really fired up,” said principal Tony Hines.
Sophomore Ryan Healy said he likes the small learning community. “You get to make friends because you’re with a lot of the same kids,” he said. “There’s a lot more teacher/student interaction.”
Senior Emily Moore agreed. “You get to make friends because you’re with students who want to learn and that makes all the difference,” she said.
Last year, six students graduated with the Cambridge diploma. This year, 35 students are working toward the diploma.
Mrs. Curnock said using a curriculum that is world-renowned prepares students for a world where they must be globally competitive, but they will always be her “little darlings.”
“I’m so proud,” she said with a smile.
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Rockledge High designated Cambridge International Fellowship Center
Posted: 2007 Sep 28 - 00:31—Reprinted from Hometown News website
By Jenet Krol