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Cambridge advanced academics program expands to Hermitage Elementary

McGavock Cluster has Tennessee’s first K-12 Cambridge Continuum

Increasing the rigorous academic offerings in the McGavock cluster, Metro Schools is proud to announce the expansion of the Cambridge program into Hermitage Elementary School, completing Tennessee’s first K-12 Cambridge continuum.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. It is already in place at McGavock High School and its feeder school Donelson Middle Prep. By expanding into the elementary feeder school, students of all grades in the Donelson area can experience an internationally developed curriculum that fosters enquiry, problem solving and next-level thinking.

Hermitage Elementary and Donelson Middle (also a Cambridge School) both have open seats in all grades for 2014-15.

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“By starting Cambridge Primary in kindergarten here at Hermitage, students can move from year to year and school to school with consistently challenging course work that better prepares them for what’s next,” said Hermitage principal Kellee Akers. “We’re thrilled to give our current students this opportunity and to provide families a school choice option that offers a proven, rigorous, international curriculum. We know the Cambridge International program will make Hermitage Elementary and the McGavock cluster even stronger in the future.”

Cambridge Primary, as the elementary arm of the program is known, develops English, mathematics, science and computer skills. It helps students understand, respond to and interact with the world around them, including media and texts. It gives strong support to teachers while allowing them flexibility to be creative in delivery and assessment.

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Now in seven schools in four clusters, Cambridge is also offered at Oliver Middle School and Overton, Whites Creek and Cane Ridge High Schools. The program culminates in the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Diploma. The Cambridge program helps students see the world from an international point of view and promotes cross-cultural understanding.

“Thanks to the hard work of the leaders and faculty at Hermitage, students in the McGavock cluster have another great choice for rigorous academics,” said Metro Schools’ Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jay Steele. “We are very proud to bring the first Cambridge continuum to Tennessee. This kind of focus on the K-12 experience for all students is exactly how we want to approach everything in our district.”