NHS Accelerated Academy

  • The Cambridge Program at Newark High School was implemented to meet the needs of academically gifted students interested in a college preparatory program that combines rigorous coursework and independent research.  


    We currently serve approximately ninety 9th and 10th grade students in the Cambridge Program. We recently had our 11th class of students graduate in June!  The Cambridge Program offers an international, pre-university curriculum and examination system that emphasizes the value of broad study for academically able students. The program is administered through the University of Cambridge, a world-renowned university in Cambridge, England.  Newark High School is the first and only high school in the state to offer the Cambridge Program.  

     Acceptance into the program is based on student performance in middle school, standardized test scores, and other indicators of academic excellence.  Students are required to complete an application process that includes an essay, information about their academic achievements and extracurricular activities, and a placement test in English, math, and writing.

    If you do not reside in the NHS feeder pattern, a CHOICE application must be completed and submitted to the Christina School District Education Options Office. in order to be considered for the Cambridge Program.   Please visit the District website for more information regarding school CHOICE or to determine your assigned school based on your feeder pattern.
    The Cambridge curriculum aims to encourage the skills of independent research and investigation, the use of initiative and creativity, and the application of knowledge and skills.  A range of assessment techniques is used. Emphasis is placed on the use of externally marked examination papers by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and on compulsory practical work where appropriate.  


    The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is primarily a two-year curriculum that provides a strong preparation for higher-level courses such as Advanced Placement.  Students are enrolled in the IGCSE program in 9th and 10th grade.  IGCSE is taken in over 160 countries worldwide.  It is recognized as evidence of ability by academic institutions and employers around the world.  


    For more information about the Cambridge program, please visit their website www.cie.org.uk
    Please see the link below for our comprehensive 4 year Educational Plan for students in Newark's Cambridge Program.

    Questions regarding Newark's Cambridge Program can be sent to: