The Martin County School District (MCSD) is excited to announce that it has been selected as Cambridge International’s District of the Year in the Small District category for the 2022-2023 school year.
Each year, Cambridge International honors three exceptional districts across the U.S. in the large, medium, and small-sized public school district categories. Within each category, the organization recognizes the district that ranks the highest based on the following criteria:
1. increasing access to the rigorous Cambridge curriculum,
2. sustaining or improving student performance on exams, and
3. committing to equity in education for all students.
This year's award is based on exams taken during the November 2021 and June 2022 series.
“I speak on behalf of our Martin County School Board and entire school district community when I share that we are humbled and honored to receive this recognition,” said Superintendent Dr. John D. Millay. “As part of our Mission of educating all students for success, we have prioritized ensuring students have access to pathways that allow them to pursue their interests while also preparing them for post-secondary success. The expansion of our Cambridge curriculum aligns perfectly with this goal. We are proud of the students, families, teachers and leaders who have taken our program to new heights and made this accomplishment a reality."
Bessey Creek Elementary School, Hidden Oaks Middle School and Martin County High School offer grade-level specific Cambridge programs. At the high school level, students are challenged with college-level courses and can graduate with a Cambridge AICE Diploma that is recognized by leading universities around the world. In addition, students who earn the Cambridge AICE Diploma and complete community service requirements are eligible for the Florida Bright Futures Academic Scholarship, which covers four years of tuition at a Florida college or university.
“Over the past two years, your district has expanded access to Cambridge International exams, with exam entries having more than doubled, and with more students now taking Cambridge coursework,” said Mark Cavone, Regional Director for Cambridge International. “In midst of the expansion, your students continue to achieve strong average pass rates of 80% (or above) on Cambridge exams. We realize that growing the Cambridge program and simultaneously seeing success in your students requires a great deal of effort by students, parents, teachers, school and district staff."