For several years (and maybe even before I became engaged in the local education discussion) parents, the business community and those in education advocacy and support groups have been discussing the expansion of academic programming at Winter Haven High School. At the Business Impact Breakfast: Focus on Education Breakfast in March Superintendent LeRoy announced that Winter Haven High School would be the first high school in the county with wall-to-wall academies. Today they have announced another prestigious academically focused program that will be offered – the Cambridge International School. See the press release below.
(To note, the Winter Haven Public Education Partnership is looking for businesses to support this program. If you would like to support the implementation of this program contact WHPEP.)
Winter Haven High School joins global community of Cambridge schools
Winter Haven High School has been awarded Cambridge International School status by Cambridge International Examinations and is now approved to offer Cambridge programs and qualifications, including Cambridge IGCSE, AS and A level.
Michael O’Sullivan, Chief Executive of Cambridge International Examinations, said: “We are delighted to announce that Winter Haven High School has joined our global community of Cambridge schools. We look forward to a long and productive relationship which will be of great benefit to learners throughout the region.”
Cambridge programs and qualifications are recognized and valued by universities and employers around the world. Cambridge helps schools deliver the best education possible by providing comprehensive support, including teacher training, classroom resources and membership of a global learning community. Cambridge International Examinations prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. The program is a part of the Cambridge Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge. To learn more visit www.cie.org.uk.
Cambridge programs and qualifications are taught in more than 10,000 schools in over 160 countries.
Kathryn LeRoy, Superintendent of Polk County Schools said: “Students have a natural curiosity and passion for learning. Cambridge’s advanced curriculum offers students a chance to explore challenging and interesting topics, which further fuels their desire to learn and strive toward academic success.”
Gina Williams, Winter Haven High School Principal said: “We are very excited about this opportunity for our students. The Cambridge program allows students to make choices about their learning experiences and to develop a global perspective on diverse topics. We are appreciative of our community support. Donations have been given to us by the Public Education Partnership and Winter Haven High School’s Academic Booster Club to make this vision a reality. Furthermore, Superintendent LeRoy and her staff have assisted us in this process by approving our offering of an advanced curriculum.”
Doug Lockwood, President of the Public Education Partnership said: “The entire community is very excited about an advanced curriculum program which will enhance the educational opportunities of the students in the greater Winter Haven area. Community members have helped us in raising money for this program and the efforts still continue. If you would like to help us in this endeavor, please donate money to the Polk Education Foundation under the name of Winter Haven High School Cambridge.”
There will be a parent informational meeting at Winter Haven High School in the cafeteria on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 6:00pm – 7:00 p.m.
On an editorial note, I have watched over the last year as the school leadership, teachers and business/community advocates have worked tirelessly to make this a reality and I commend you all.