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Saint PetersBlog: University of Cambridge brings novel college prep program to Orlando Dec. 10

Friday, December 06, 2013

By Phil Ammann

A prominent British school will visit Florida to launch a program helping college-bound schoolchildren master thinking skills required by the new Common Core academic standards.

Emphasizing an extensive curriculum and innovative assessment methods, Cambridge International Examinations, part of the legendary University of Cambridge, promises to “take college preparation to the next level.”

In a kickoff event Tuesday, December 10, Cambridge International will introduce an advanced college prep program — called Global Perspectives — that focuses on core research, collaboration, communication and critical thinking.

The free event, aimed at principals, administrators, parents and students from grades 11 and 12 will be at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

“More than 100 schools across Florida are currently taking advantage of the world class programs offered by Cambridge International Examinations,” said Regional Manager Sherry Reach of the Florida-based Cambridge International Examinations USA. “Our Global Perspectives program allows students to engage in interactive and stimulating material, preparing them to be very strong candidates for the world’s top universities and research institutions.”

“Using methods suggested by Common Core,” Reach added, “this program helps students develop a deeper understanding of global topics from multiple perspectives and to evaluate arguments, research issues, and arrive at well-reasoned, and evidence-based conclusions.”

The program will highlight hands-on experience of the Cambridge Global Perspectives, keynote speakers and college admissions experts.

John Barnhill, Assistant Vice President for Enrolment at Florida State University and Christoph Guttentag, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Duke University, will be on hand to discuss basic skills that universities look for in potential students, as well as the benefits of advanced college preparation programs.

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