Application Process

2023-2024 Application will be available soon. Please click here if you would like to be notified when the application becomes available.  

All students must complete an AICE application.

Applications are due March 3rd, 2023

Applications are due March 3rd, 2023

Please read the following sections prior to filling out an AICE application. 

Dear Students and Parents/Guardians,


We welcome your interest in the University of Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Program at Sarasota High School. The Cambridge curriculum is taught in over 160 countries worldwide, and in 1994 the Cambridge AICE program was first introduced to the United States and is growing throughout the country. Cambridge consists of rigorous pre-university courses that emphasize higher order thinking skills, writing, problem solving, teamwork and investigative skills. Highly motivated students who excel academically are encouraged to apply to this program.


Admission to the AICE Program will be based on the review of the following criteria:

  1. Middle school core academic grades / grade point average

  2. Middle school curriculum / courses taken

  3. Level of proficiency on FCAT Reading & Mathematics / other standardized test scores

  4. Attendance and Discipline Records

If you would like to apply for admission to the Cambridge AICE Program, please fill out the enclosed application. If you currently attend a private school, you will need to attach school records such as, grades and standardized test scores.
Application deadline is March 3rd, 2023.

Writing Sample

The writing portion of this application is a very important part of our evaluation process. You will find the 2 writing prompts within the application.


Cambridge AICE curriculum requires students to write effectively. Our students will be writing at an advanced high school level beginning in ninth grade and will take college-level exams thereafter. While writing instruction will occur in all grades, it is important that students have strong skills on which to build. Writing distinguishes our program from other accelerated programs and is part of what makes our graduates better prepared to succeed at the university level.
Some hints to help you succeed with the writing portion:

  1. For each of the following prompts, write a paragraph to answer the questions. Do not write a two or three sentence answer.

  2. When writing formal essays, do not use conversational style. For example, do not begin sentences with “Well,….”

  3. Basic writing conventions are important. Write a rough draft and then edit. If your spelling is not great, type a rough draft into a word processing program and then check your spelling with spell check. Let someone else read your essay and give you feedback. Do not submit an essay which looks like a rough draft!

  4. DO NOT TYPE!! Write in blue or black ink. Handwriting is important. Not everyone has great handwriting but you must make every effort to write legibly. We want to see your handwriting.

  5. DO NOT PUT THE WRITING PORTION OF THE APPLICATION OFF UNTIL THE NIGHT BEFORE THE APPLICATION IS DUE.

Student and Parent Commitment Statement

I understand the SHS Cambridge AICE Program is a rigorous, academic course of study for academically talented and motivated students. I also understand that some of the readings will be of a more mature and sensitive nature. These readings are assigned by the University of Cambridge and are non-negotiable. Students and parents must also understand the importance of computer access for AICE students. Students should have access to a computer with Internet access and word processing capabilities either at home or in their community. Students will be required to take Pre-AICE English, Pre AICE Biology, and Pre AICE World History. Finally, all students should maintain a minimum of a “C” average in all courses, a 2.75 un-weighted core GPA overall. I understand the consequences for not meeting these standards may result in dismissal from the AICE Program or individual AICE courses. If I am at Sarasota High out of district and I am removed from the AICE Program, I may be returned to my districted high school. Cambridge AICE exams (10th-12th) may take place outside of the school year (as late as 2nd week of June) and students are expected to take these exams.

AICE Honor Code

Please read through our AICE Honor Code thoroughly before applying. 

Click Here to Download the AICE Honor Code

I'm Ready to Apply!

I have read the above information regarding the application process, writing samples, and student/parent commitment statement.  By completing and submitting an application to the Sarasota High School AICE program, I am agreeing to the requirements stated in the commitment statement. 

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Application Information Timeline

Pending District Collaboration

Applications for 2023-2024 become available

March 3rd, 2023

All applications due

March 10th, 2023

Acceptance emails and acceptance letters go out in mail

April 7th, 2023

Accepted students must confirm their acceptance to AICE

May 5th, 2023

Late applications accepted if spots available

May 26th, 2023

Late application acceptance emails and acceptance letters go out in mail

Applications after May 5th will only be considered for students moving from out of state or with administration approval.