Our students have the opportunity to dive deep into select interest areas through Oxbridge Signature Programs. These experiences ignite students’ passions, strengthen their skills, and ultimately, provide a valuable learning experience that elevates their preparation for college and business situations.
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Oxbridge students have an unprecedented opportunity to explore the aviation and aeronautics industries through elective courses, extra-curricular clubs and a full-motion Redbird MCX Flight Simulator. With a nationwide decline in pilots, this program gives students the foundation in aviation they need to assess the industry as a career path, build their resumes, gain training hours, and improve confidence. We are one of the few high schools in the country chosen to implement the AOPA curriculum that enhances our course study. The aviation curriculum combines math, science, geography, government, and economics coursework; industry expert lecturers; and field trips.
The Oxbridge Academy-Cambridge University Scholar Program provides students with an immersive educational experience that includes a two-week stay at Cambridge University. Each year 15 students who demonstrate academic excellence and exceptional work ethic are selected through a competitive process. Students spend the semester at home preparing for the trip by reading and researching that year’s topic. During spring break the students travel to Cambridge where they participate in lectures and discussions, visit landmarks, write a college-level paper, and defend their essays before Cambridge professors.
The Cambridge connection deepened in 2017 when we began sending Oxbridge teachers to study with the Institute for Continuing Education summer program. These faculty members take classes in their subject areas—history, literature and performance, and science—and bring back with them a body of experiences that informs their work with Oxbridge students. Learning new pedagogical approaches and new content, teachers report enhanced proficiency as instructors and a new respect for what it means to be a student who is asked to read extensively and write about complex content.
In 2017 and 2018, a Cambridge professor visited the Oxbridge campus for a one to two- week residency during which the teacher worked with our students on complex texts. Visiting a variety of classes and sharing her expertise with our students, the professor was enthusiastic about the readiness of our students for their work with her. A second professor, after concluding her work with Oxbridge students, wrote me to say how privileged she felt to work with our outstanding young scholars, noting that their curiosity and commitment to insightful analysis surpassed many of her undergraduates at Cambridge.
Past participants have raved about the experience, calling it a once in a lifetime opportunity and an exceptional learning experience. True to the culture of Oxbridge, the program is designed to provide the structure and material while allowing students the flexibility to find their unique passion and voice.
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This is one of the premier programs at Oxbridge, completely unique in its structure, and providing our students with an extraordinary experience at one of the greatest and oldest universities in the world. John Klemme, English Teacher and Former Oxbridge Academic Dean & Head of School
Perhaps one of the biggest initiatives differentiating Oxbridge is the focus and opportunity to explore individual research. In classrooms throughout our campus, students are diving into various topics of interest in science, humanities, mathematics and English. Under the guidance of their teacher, students are tasked with complete responsibility for the project from beginning to end. Students must call and schedule appointments with outside experts; they collect, tally, and interpret their data; and they develop their conclusions.
To date, nearly 100 students have conducted an independent research project. Oxbridge students have led 41 completed and ongoing research projects in collaboration with Scripps Florida, Max Planck, Ecology Project International, Florida Oceanographic Society, and many more. These students point to their research work as a skill they will carry with them through college and into their professional careers