WINTER HAVEN – Beginning Nov. 1, parents of fifth grade students who will be attending Denison Middle School for the sixth grade can apply for a more rigorous academic curriculum.

Denison Middle School is the first Polk County middle school approved to be designated as Cambridge Assessment International Education, an academic program created by staff at the prestigious University of Cambridge in England.

According to the Cambridge International website, the Cambridge Lower Secondary program, in place at Denison Middle School since the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, focuses on English, math, and science and specializes in preparing students for an Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) diploma. Some Winter Haven High School students graduate with an AICE diploma, recognized by the Florida Dept. of Education as more rigorous than a regular high school diploma. WHHS is the only other county school with this designation.

Currently, 57 eighth graders at Denison are enrolled in the Cambridge program.

Students are accepted into the program based on strength of academic record and an essay.

“The Cambridge curriculum is helping these students develop learning strategies, life skills and knowledge will carry over from middle school to high school, college, and work,” said Denison Middle School Principal Terri Christian.

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