The following details the Cambridge Primary Program in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools: We have found over the last few years that Cambridge is good teaching for all students. We want all of our elementary students to benefit from a rich foundation of inquiry, rigor, and an international education. This foundation will help all of our students reach for greatness within themselves and be able to attain that at their own level. From this point on there will be no applications at the Primary. All students at the elementary level will receive a Cambridge education. This will allow all students to prepare for the higher level course work at the middle and high school levels. Applications for Diploma Candidate seats will now take place as incoming 6th graders.
Will my student who is currently a Cambridge student need to reapply?
No, if they have applied and received a letter of acceptance into the program, maintain the honor code, and a C average then they will continue to middle school as a Cambridge Diploma Candidate. All current Cambridge Diploma Students in 4th and 5th grade will continue on as before, but there will not be any additional applications for these grades.
My Child is a Catalyst Cambridge Student, will they need to apply in 6th grade?
I they are not given Cambridge Diploma Status at the end of the year, which was the agreement with all Catalyst students, then yes, they will need to apply in 6th grade.
Will making the Cambridge Program whole school weaken the type of instruction that my child is currently receiving?
No, teachers will meet the students where they are and use the curriculum and Cambridge philosophy of teaching to help all of students maximize their learning experience.
How will I know when to apply?
Your school Cambridge Coordinator will visit your 5th grade classrooms and send out information. Applications will be available to download online at www.cambridgeatcms.weebly.com.
My child is a transfer student. How will this work?
Your child will receive the Cambridge International education while at his/her current school. At this time, we cannot transfer students for this program. If you receive a transfer to the middle school or the high school, you will need to show that at the time of application to the school coordinator. Upon receipt of this letter of transfer the coordinator will then process your application. We have no influence over Student Placement.
Our Cambridge Elementary
Learner/Teacher Attributes will be added to all classrooms through:
Students at Long Creek will reflect on the Attributes daily through journaling and discussions. They will discuss with classmates and teachers how they feel about their success with the Attributes. Teachers will use the Attributes within their lessons to help students what they mean and what they look like. The school as a whole will focus on an Attribute a month and explore in depth what it means to be Confident, Responsible, Engaged, Innovative, and Respectful.
The Mustang Behavior Matrix incorporated the Learner Attributes.
Inquiry, critical thinking, and problem solving will be added through:
Focusing on the idea of Multiple Intelligences, students will be asked to learn in their own way. Teachers will ensure that students will be presented with rigor through choice activities and projects. A focus on collaboration in the classroom with student discussion will help teachers incorporate inquiry, problem solving, and critical thinking skills.
Students will have Inquiry Lab once a week on an Encore Rotation to encourage students to take more academic chances and feel more like investigators and not just static students in a classroom.
International perspectives will be added through:
Teachers will use concept based learning with an international focus. Diversity Holiday’s will be announced on the morning news with background to each. Teachers will follow the schoolwide concepts in their weekly lesson plans and incorporate the concepts wherever appropriate.