“Our research has shown that students who come to the university with a Cambridge AICE background performed better than anyone else that came to the university. That really wasn’t surprising considering the emphasis they have on critical research and analysis, and that’s what we require at university.” John Barnhill, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management, Florida State University, USA Ridgefield Academy offers a wide range of subjects for the Cambridge International Education Examinations. Tuition is offered from Grade 8 to Grade 12, with the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) external examination being written at the end of Grade 10, and the AS (Advanced Subsidiary) Certificate at the end of Grade 12: Grade 8: Core Level / Introduction to IGCSE Grade 9: IGCSE 1 Grade 10: IGCSE 2 + International Examination Grade 11: AS 1 Grade 12: AS 2 + International Examination We also offer A level courses (Advanced) in selected subjects. These are optional, as they are not required for exemption to South African public universities. Students who choose to complete their A levels can do so during their Matric year or enroll for a year 13, depending on the duration of the AS level for the subject. Grade 8: Core Level / Introduction to IGCSE Grade 9: IGCSE 1 Grade 10: IGCSE 2 + International Examination Grade 11: AS 1 & 2 + International Examination Grade 12: A + International Examination OR Grade 8: Core Level / Introduction to IGCSE Grade 9: IGCSE 1 Grade 10: IGCSE 2 + International Examination Grade 11: AS 1 Grade 12: AS 2 + International Examination Grade 13: A + International Examination EVALUATION AND EXAMINATION Ridgefield Academy is a registered International Cambridge school and examinations center. In addition to our own students, home school learners from accross the Free State write their official Cambridge examinations at our center. Student evaluation is ongoing with regular tests and assignments. Formal test weeks are scheduled during the first and third terms, and full scale examinations at the end of the second and fourth terms. There is also a mock final examination in September (end of the third term) for the IGCSE, AS and A students who are writing their final Cambridge examination in October/November. SUBJECTS The following subjects are available at Ridgefield Academy: HANDS-ON TUITION Our classes are small (no more than 15 students). It is a known fact that students learn faster and perform better in a smaller class. At Ridgefield we value individual attention and student participation highly, which is simply not possible when classes become too big. Our school has a well equipped laboratory to enable our teachers to provide the best practical tuition in the sciences. We regularly provide practical training and guidance in Physics and Chemistry to Cambridge home schoolers from across the Free State. Due to the fact that millions of student across the globe follow the Cambridge syllabus, support material and excellent videos are widely available on the internet for all Cambridge school subjects. Learners are encouraged to supplement their tuition with these and are regularly provided with links to appropriate sites. RECOGNITION The Cambridge syllabus is recognised by universities worldwide, and often referred to as the preferred standard for university readiness. However, universities differ on the combination of Cambridge subjects and subject levels required for entrance, and their different faculties may also differ due to the unique subject requirements of each faculty. It is therefore essential that learners acquaint themselves with the requirements set by their university and faculty of choice. Ridgefield Academy cannot be held responsible for learners’ non-compliance in this regard. For access to the document Conditions and requirements to gain exemption for entry to South African public universities, click on the booklet cover. If you want to pursue your studies at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, and you are curious to see how your Cambridge results will be converted to an AP score, click on the block Work out your AP Score. If you are curious about the process of applying to, and the experience of attending a South-African University with a Cambridge High School qualification, you can watch this video by Anri Stols. Anri completed her AS levels at Ridgefield Academy in 2021. She also gained the highest mark in South Africa for AS Language and Literature in English in the June 2021 examinations! Anri is currently studying Education at the University of Pretoria.
English (First Language) IGSCE & AS Afrikaans (Second Language) IGCSE & AS French (Second Language) IGCSE Mathematics IGCSE & AS Physics IGCSE & AS Chemistry IGCSE & AS Biology IGCSE & AS GeographyIGCSE & AS Business Studies IGCSE & AS Accounting IGCSE & AS Computer Science IGCSE & AS Geography IGCSE & AS History IGCSE
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