First Program in State
Alma Bryant High School in Irvington has been awarded Cambridge International School status by Cambridge International Examinations, making it the first school in Alabama to offer this prestigious academic program.
Through a partnership with Cambridge Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge in England, Alma Bryant students will be able to take specialized classes that are recognized and valued by universities and employers around the world.
“We are creating a culture of higher learning, higher standards and higher expectations for students throughout Mobile County,” said Doug Estle, principal at Alma Bryant.
Students will be challenged through rigorous courses and will be able and earn college credit by passing internationally benchmarked exams. Freshmen will be able to enroll in the program in August. Bryant will begin accepting applications this month.
An Open House for interested parents will be held at Bryant on Sunday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m.
“As Mobile County Public Schools continues to expand multiple pathways to graduation, it is extremely exciting and very rewarding for Bryant High School to be adding the very prestigious Cambridge academic program,” said Mobile County Public Schools Superintendent Martha Peek. “This is another first for Mobile County Public Schools as Bryant is the only school in the state of Alabama that will be offering students this rigorous and internationally acclaimed program.”
Bryant’s status as a Cambridge International School is yet another way Mobile County Public Schools is preparing college- and career-ready students. Other pathways that allow students to earn college credit while still in high school are the International Baccalaureate programs at Murphy and Davidson; University of Alabama Early College at Murphy University Center; AP Capstone at Baker High; Advanced Placement courses at all 12 high schools; and dual enrollment.
Cambridge International Examinations prepare students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. Cambridge programs are taught in more than 10,000 schools in 160 countries.
Cambridge helps schools deliver the best education possible by providing comprehensive support, including teacher training, classroom resources and membership in a global learning community.
“We are delighted to announce that Alma Bryant High School has joined our global community of Cambridge schools,” said Michael O’Sullivan, Chief Executive of Cambridge International Examinations. “We look forward to a long and productive relationship which will be of great benefit to learners throughout the region.”
For more information about the program, visit www.cie.org.uk; or contact Samantha Smith, Genevieve Rigby or Gina McDaniel at Alma Bryant at: 824-3213.