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Sarasota High School Receives Prestigious Cambridge International School Demonstration Center Designation

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SARASOTA, FL (April 3, 2020) – Sarasota High School was recently recognized by Cambridge Assessment International Education (Cambridge International) as a Demonstration Center. Demonstration Centers serve as models of excellence for the implementation of the Cambridge Pathway program and host showcase events for teachers, school administrators and district leaders who are interested in learning about Cambridge International. This recognition comes after Sarasota County was recognized by Cambridge as the midsize District of the Year in 2019.

Each year, Cambridge International authorizes a very small number of Demonstration Centers following a rigorous application process. Schools must describe how they meet the criteria in five key areas, such as educational values, inclusive teaching and learning, and exemplary leadership and management.

 “We are excited that Sarasota High School is becoming one of the first Demonstration Centers in the United States, and look forward to showcasing the exemplary work of the school leaders, educators, and students,” said Mark Cavone, Regional Director for Cambridge International, North America. “Sarasota High School has a long history of successfully implementing the Cambridge Pathway, resulting in strong results for students.”

Now in its ninth year of implementation, the Sarasota High School Cambridge International Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) program provides students a rigorous curriculum that affords students the opportunity to earn college credit by demonstrating mastery of their AICE course work. Since its inception, Sarasota High School has awarded 661 AICE Diplomas, a distinction that guarantees students free tuition for four years at any public Florida university through the Bright Futures scholarship. Currently, of Sarasota High’s 2,129 students, 1,188 are enrolled in one or more AICE or Pre-AICE course.

According to Principal David Jones, “Our passionate teachers, coordinators, guidance counselors, and administrators have helped Sarasota High School establish one of the premiere AICE programs in the nation. Last year, one of our teachers, Dr. Crihfield, was recognized as one of the top Cambridge teachers in the world! We look forward to assisting other educators in the nation implement their own successful programs.”

Cambridge International is dedicated to helping schools deliver the best education possible by providing comprehensive support, including teacher professional development and training, classroom resources and membership in a global learning community. More than 10,000 schools in over 160 countries offer Cambridge programs and qualifications to their students.


About Sarasota High School

Sarasota High School is the “first and finest” high school in Sarasota County. First opened in 1913, Sarasota High School has a rich tradition of excellence and community support. An “A” rated school, Sarasota High School is home to academically-rigorous programs including Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) and Mathematics Science and Technology (MaST). Sarasota High School is also home to the Circus Arts Program and championship athletics programs that provide a world-class educational and social experience. Sarasota High School continues to set the mark for excellence in education. Go Sailors!

About Cambridge Assessment International Education

Cambridge Assessment International Education prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. We are part of the University of Cambridge. Our Cambridge Pathway gives students a clear path for educational success from age 5 to 19. Schools can shape the curriculum around how they want students to learn – with a wide range of subjects and flexible ways to offer them. It helps students discover new abilities and a wider world, and gives them the transferable skills they need for life, so they can achieve at school, university and work. Visit to learn more.