Cambridge advanced academics expand into Metro Middle Preps
Further supporting the central tenets of our commitment to middle school students, Metro Schools is proud to announce the addition of the Cambridge advanced academic program to Donelson and Oliver Middle Preps. The Cambridge International Examinations program is affiliated with the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and offers courses comparable in rigor to British A levels and the International Baccalaureate Programme. The high school arm of Cambridge is already offered at four zoned Metro high schools – Cane Ridge, McGavock, Overton and Whites Creek.
Donelson and Oliver Middle Preps feed directly into McGavock and Overton High Schools, respectively. By participating in the Cambridge program in middle school, students will be better prepared for the academic challenges they will face in high school.
“At Donelson Middle Prep, we want every one of our students to have the opportunity to participate in programs that challenge them to do become college and career ready in a fun and engaging way,” said Donelson Principal Jennifer Rheinecker. “The Cambridge program focuses on improving instruction and allows students to access an internationally recognized curriculum. It will help them make a seamless transition to continue the Cambridge program at McGavock High School.”
The mission of the Middle Preps of Nashville is for students to “experience rigorous academics, engaging activities and creative arts in a safe environment with caring and nurturing adults.” The Cambridge programs supports this, giving middle school students a holistic understanding of the core subjects, with focuses on enquiry, problem solving and next-level thinking. The Cambridge programs helps students see the world from an international point of view and promotes cross-cultural understanding.
“Confident, responsible Cambridge students are measured against international benchmarks established by Cambridge International Examinations,” said Dr. Sharon Chaney, director of advanced academics and talent development for Metro Schools. “The implementation of the world-class Cambridge curriculum at Donelson and Oliver will prepare students with the skills and understandings needed in later stages of education.”
Those later stages of education include the Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Diploma, which students can earn at one of four Cambridge high schools in Nashville. Cambridge is one of three advanced academic programs offered at all of our zoned high schools. International Baccalaureate programs are offered at Hillsboro and Hunters Lane High School, while Antioch High School is an IB candidate. Hillwood, Maplewood, Pearl-Cohn, Stratford and Glencliff all offer Advanced Placement classes from the College Board.
“No matter where you live in Nashville, you can find challenging academics at your zoned school,” said Chief Academic Officer Jay Steele. “Adding the Cambridge program to our Middle Preps gives parents yet another option for the advanced learning they want for their children.”
About Cambridge International Examinations Cambridge International Examinations is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for students aged five to 19. It is a division of Cambridge Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge and a not-for-profit organization. It invests constantly in research and development to improve programmes and qualifications. Cambridge International Examinations is recognized by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) – the regulator of examinations in England – to award qualifications.