I think that the aim of the Academia Internacional to become a Cambridge School is an excellent one for many different reasons.
Firstly, my personal experience as the Head of Cambridge at Greengates School in Mexico City has convinced me of the quality of this international programme.
I have personally seen the different ways in which it transforms the lives of students, opening up future opportunities for them.
It is very challenging programme that prepares students for life in the 21st century. Students do not just learn a body of knowledge but acquire skills.
They are able to access, process and evaluate information in this age of technology. They become accustomed to weighing up the worth of different viewpoints to reach balanced conclusions.
Students are constantly challenged and are taught critical thinking and problem solving. During the duration of the programme they develop confidence,
responsibility and are encouraged to be more reflective about how they learn. Over time, students are able to become more independent using assessment feedback to set personal targets for improvement.
They become more resilient, dealing at times with failure but learning from it, taking a long-term view of their educational development. There is also a strong sense of the importance of social justice in the Cambridge philosophy.
Students are encouraged to make a difference in local communities, as well as internationally. Students become more “internationally minded”, capable of understanding global issues from different perspectives.
Finally, the adoption of the Cambridge Programme will give the Academia Internacional the opportunity to be part of a global network of 10,000 schools in 160 countires.
Both Cambridge and the International Baccalaureate are recognised as the leading programmes for delivering international education today.
Mr. Dominic Simmons, Academic Director.
Becoming a Cambridge School- What does the process of inspection involve?
Although the Academia Internacional started Cambridge courses from August of 2016, in order to have the right to advertise itself as a Cambridge School and to become an official examination centre, the school will have to pass an inspection scheduled for the 6th June this year.
The Cambridge inspection team will assess the whole school in the following areas:
The school’s mission and educational values.
School management and leadership.
Quality of teaching and learning.
The physical environment of the school.
Legal requirements such as government approval to operate and health and safety policies.
The aim is to pass the Cambridge inspection and to be able to run the first IGCSE examinations in May-June 2018 allowing students in Grade 9, who have begun courses in August 2016, to sit exams and gain international qualifications
by the end of Grade 10 in June 2018.
Further Information about the Cambridge Programme can be found at: www.cie.org.uk