The Cambridge AICE Program at St. Augustine High School
Cambridge International Fellowship Centre
Hello Seniors & Senior Parents,
Yesterday I visited all of the AICE English Lit. 2 classes and talked to our seniors about LOTS of important “stuff”! This will be a bit long…so have a seat
Here are the topics we discussed:
- Statements of Entry – each senior is scheduled to take the General Paper &/or Thinking Skills exams this Fall unless they are currently taking those courses, or took either one last year. Their Statement of Entry lists what they have been scheduled to take with the dates for each.
- Fall 2016 Exam Letter – THIS NEEDS TO BE SIGNED BY A PARENT and returned to Mr. Benyacko (or me) by Friday, Sept. 9th. At the bottom of the letter is the Re-take order form. Students have the opportunity to re-take any AICE level exam they did not pass last Spring (at your expense). If they did not pass their AICE English Lit. 1 exam, they MUST re-take it this Fall if they are going to re-take it at all. The syllabus will cover different material for the Spring 2017 exam series, so they will not be prepared to re-take that one if they wait.
- Blue AICE Diploma Award Form – PLEASE pay close attention to this one! The rules for earning the AICE Diploma Award (ADIP – which has NOTHING to do with graduating from high school – remember – it’s an award earned from Cambridge) will be different in the Spring 2017 exam session than they are now. So I calculated which seniors could be eligible during the Fall 2016 exam session and gave them feedback on their status for this. If we “enter” (register) them for the ADIP in the Fall 2016 exam session and they do not pass enough exams to earn the ADIP, they can still be entered for it again in the Spring 2017 exam session under the new rules. But keep in mind, SAHS will pay for the ADIP entry only ONCE ($103.19), so if they don’t earn it in this session, they will pay to be entered for it again in the Spring 2017 session. Students must let me know if they want to CHANGE their current ADIP entry status (by turning in the blue form with signatures), otherwise it will stay as is.
- NEW WAY TO PAY – Re-take Exam fees can be paid any time between now & the end of the school year (if there is a financial need, please let me know – we can help!). The preferred method of payment is to pay online by going to www.schoolpay.com but cash or checks (made out to SAHS) are fine too!!
- Preliminary Fall Exam Schedule – lists the Thinking Skills & General Paper exams, plus all Re-take exam options with dates/times.
- High School Transcript Requests – ALL transcript requests will now be handled through an online system called Parchment. The link is on the SAHS home page…I sent an email out about this last week.
- AICE Transcripts – Are NOT needed for college admissions applications. Colleges will make the admissions decision without AICE scores. I will provide an electronic Cambridge Transcript form around March 1st for students to complete to send ONE Cambridge transcript to the college they will be attending ONLY.
- SAT/ACT Schedule – If students need to re-take the SAT or ACT, please do it soon!!! SAT & ACT scores can be sent to colleges even after the admissions application deadlines. Colleges will consider new scores as they are received if their admissions decisions have not been announced. SAT & ACT score reports MUST BE SENT DIRECTLY FROM THE SAT & ACT WEBSITES, not from SAHS.
- Community Service Hours Form – My advice to the seniors – GET YOUR HOURS TURNED IN BY DECEMBER!!! You can always turn in more after that, but Bright Futures will do an initial eligibility in January when they receive the first semester report card, so it’s best to have the hours show up by that time. Final eligibility will be determined from their final transcript – so more hours can be added, but why stress???
- Bright Futures Application – I will go into Mr. Benyacko’s classrooms in December with laptops, etc. and we will complete the Bright Futures application together. The application is not available to the seniors until after December 1st so don’t worry about it just yet.
- College Applications – GET GOING ON THEM NOW!! FSU’s deadline is OCTOBER 16th (I think)!! And the others are right behind that! For FSU, UF and Florida Polytechnic (newest public college in FL!), students will self-report their high school courses & grades (no transcript sent), which they can get from their transcript on Home Access – DO NOT GUESS ON THIS!!! IF they are accepted into those universities, that’s when they want a transcript, but not now. For all others a transcript must be sent as part of the application.
- Fee Waivers – are available for the SAT & ACT for students who qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch – even if you don’t use that program (up to 2 per test, fyi, in case you used them last year). If you have ever used a waiver for the SAT or ACT, or if you qualify for free or reduced lunch, you are also eligible for a college admissions application fee waivers – as many as you need! Please let me know if you qualify and need any waivers.
- Graduation Recognition (Val, Sal, Magna, Suma, etc.) is all determined at the time first semester grades are posted. There is not enough time to figure all of that out at the end of the year with final transcript info. before the actual graduation ceremony! So their class rank/GPA at the end of first semester will determine those honors FOR THE GRADUATION CEREMONY! It may change on paper by the end of the year – but will not change what happens at the graduation ceremony, so watch those grades!!!
- Scholarships – after college applications are done – start looking into these. Fastweb.com, Chugg.com, Scholarshipexperts.com – NEW – RAISE.ME.COM and many other websites are excellent ways to find scholarships. Also, check the college websites for whatever college you are applying to and find any scholarship opportunities for incoming freshmen. Most deadlines for these scholarships happen BEFORE you know if you’re accepted to that college – but they will sort that out in the end. Look at the college in general, as well as the specific college for your major (college of engineering, education, etc.). The SAHS Guidance website will have a Scholarship bulletin which will be updated weekly – starting usually in October sometime. This will provide information about local scholarship opportunities and provide the link to the applications. Those that require paper applications will be included in the Scholarship Information Bin in the Guidance office.
- College and/or Major Search – Two websites I’ve found that have a LOT of info. to help with both of these searches: www.cappex.com and www.collegeconfidential.com give them a try!
- FAFSA – this is the Federal form for Financial Aid that must be completed by each student/parent (www.fafsa.gov ). This one is now available October 1st 2016 for the Fall 2017/Spring 2018 school year. Income tax information for the 2015 tax year will be required for completing this. Watch for an information session here at SAHS in Oct. sometime for help with this form.
- NO SENIOR-ITIS – I reminded everyone that college admissions decisions are CONDITIONAL and can always be RESCINDED if they don’t like what they see on a final transcript. I’ve seen it happen and it’s NOT fun!! So please encourage your senior to stay focused & keep their grades up!!
I’m sure there was more we discussed – but that should cover most of it!!
Please make sure all senior students/parents are getting these emails, and if not have them email me so I can add them to the list. And, as always, let me know if there are any questions.
Dena K. Bechtle
Cambridge AICE School Counselor
St. Augustine High School
CIE Transcript Request Form Electronic 2015-16
(click title to print)
Students may request ONE AICE Transcript which will go to the college/university where they have been accepted and have decided to attend. This is NOT to be used during the college application process. So please do NOT submit a transcript request unless you are POSITIVE of the college you will be attending!
Cambridge will initially send out a transcript with your exam results from all exam sessions, except the June 2016 exam session. Then in August, when the June 2016 exam session results are available, they will send ANOTHER transcript to the SAME SCHOOL with everything!
Students need to know their candidate number, and follow the instructions on the above form. There is no charge for the transcript, and the transcript will only include exams that you PASSED.
When students go to their orientation appointments – please make sure that you do NOT schedule any classes for which you may earn credit-by-exam in the June 2016 exam session. You’ll be registering for 2nd semester courses around the beginning of November, so by then the school will have your exam results from the June 2016 exam session and you can register for whatever you need.
The AICE Diploma Award information will also come out in August 2016 with the exam results. So, if you find out that you earned the AICE Diploma Award, and that gives you more money towards your tuition, you will need to go to your Financial Aid office at the college and ask them to access the Bright Futures Update. EVEN IF YOU KNOW YOU’VE ALREADY PASSED ENOUGH EXAMS TO EARN THE AICE DIPLOMA, AND THEREFORE, THE TOP LEVEL OF BRIGHT FUTURES – CAMBRIDGE STILL HAS TO INFORM BRIGHT FUTURES BEFORE YOU GET THE MONEY!!!
Students will need to ask the financial aid office at the college to “defer payment” if there is a payment amount on your account that would be reduced after the AICE Diploma Award info. comes out. Then when the AICE Diploma info. is available, and you go ask the Financial Aid office to access the Bright Futures Update – they’ll see that you earned the AICE Diploma Award and will apply the additional Bright Futures Money to your account before calculating any remaining balance.