AICE, AVID, Medical Academy, VyStar & ESOL

  • AICE: Advanced International Certificate of Education

    CIE (Cambridge International Examinations) is the world’s largest provider of international qualifications for 14-19 year olds.  AICE is affiliated with the University of Cambridge.  As a point of comparison, as of February 2011, there were 6,975 IB schools worldwide in 140 countries. On the other hand, there are over 9,000 schools in 161 countries that offer CIE qualifications, and this number continues to grow, especially in the United States. 
    One of the advantages of the AICE program here at Mandarin, however, is that it offers greater flexibility to students. Indeed, the AICE advantage is the students’ ability to take AICE classes and exams starting in grade 10, whereas IB students are only allowed to take exams during their 11th and 12th grade years, respectively.  In addition to providing opportunities to earn college credit or advanced standing at colleges and universities throughout the US, the AICE program also offers a broad curriculum that prepares students to become well-rounded and empathetic citizens within a global community. The curriculum also fulfills requirements of eligibility for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship.

    NEW* for 2020: School Choice will be accepting the applications for consideration into all accelerated programs, including AICE on the PARENT FOCUS Account linked to the student, beginning on Dec 2nd, 2019.  Students who wish to be considered for Mandarin High School's AICE Program must apply with School Choice and indicate AICE & Mandarin High School as your #1 Choice.  Please see link below for more information about the application process: High School Acceleration Application Information               

    AICE Applications are due by Jan. 23rd, 2020

    Medical Academy

    Students in the medical academy are cohorted together.  This means that students in the medical academy take all of their core classes with other students in the academy.  For this to work, students must follow the course progression. Students in the medical academy are required to maintain academic integrity and good behavior and failure to do so could result in removal from the medical academy.

    - 2.5 GPA or higher
    - Level 2 FSA ELA or higher
    - A desire to work in the Medical field as a career path
    - Completed application with teacher recommendations 
    - 9th or 10th grade student only can apply (unless transferring from another school's Medical Academy)
    *If you are going to be a 10th grade student starting in the Medical Academy you will have to take 2 Medical Academy courses during your 10th grade year

    ​If MHS is not your zoned high school, you will need to apply for a general special assignment. Applications open on January 1, 2020. Admittance to the Medical Academy does not guarantee admittance to MHS if you are not zoned for our school. 

    Medical Academy Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will continue to be accepted through the summer.

    AVID: Advancement Via Individual Determination

    AVID is designed to increase school wide learning and performance. The mission of AVID is to ensure that all students, especially the least served students in the middle, complete a college preparatory path.
    AVID students will:
    * Succeed in the most rigorous curriculum.
    * Enter the mainstream activities of the school.
    * Increase their enrollment in four-year colleges.
    ​* Become educated and responsible participants & leaders in a democratic society
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    VyStar Academy of Business and Entrepreneurship

    The VyStar Academy of Business and Entrepreneurship at Mandarin High School is appropriate for students who would like to focus on business subjects, taking an early aim at a career in business or banking.  We will begin admitting students into the academy as scheduling begins for next school year.  Interviews will be conducted at the end of March to select 12 student-managers who will perform all operations of the branch.  To be considered for an interview, upcoming sophomores, juniors and seniors should submit an application, signed by parents, available below or in the MHS main office or on the MHS website.  A panel of Mandarin High School and VyStar Credit Union representatives will select student-managers who will best represent MHS in the academy, the school branch, and in the community.  Student managers will be trained in a paid internship this summer.
    Students in the VyStar Academy of Business and Entrepreneurship at Mandarin High School will have the opportunity to obtain a certification in Microsoft Office, which may be used on their resume and applied in college and the work force.
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    ESOL: English to Speakers of Other Languages

    ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) is a program designed specifically to improve the language proficiency of students whose native language is not English. In addition to receiving  academic instruction in reading, writing, speaking and listening, the ESOL program strives to develop an appreciation of diverse cultures and languages.

    ESOL (Inglés para Hablantes de Otros Idiomas ) es un programa diseñado específicamente para mejorar la competencia lingüística de los estudiantes cuyo idioma materno no es el Inglés. Además de recibir la instrucción académica en lectura, escritura , conversación y comprensión , el programa ESOL se esfuerza por desarrollar una apreciación de las diversas
    culturas y lenguas.