Tuttle Elementary School to offer Cambridge Primary program

Curriculum designed to help students develop critical thinking skills

Tuttle Elementary School is located in Sarasota. Banner from the school website
Tuttle Elementary School is located in Sarasota. Banner from the school website

Tuttle Elementary School in Sarasota has been approved by Cambridge International Examinations to offer the first Cambridge Primary program in the Sarasota County School District, the Sarasota County Schools have announced.

The program will begin in the 2016-17 school year, a news release announces.

Tomas Dinverno, principal of Tuttle Elementary School, said in the release, “Cambridge Primary will help support our students with the development of critical thinking skills, as well as prepare them for college and career pathways.”

Cambridge Primary is an international program affiliated with the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, the release explains. It is taught in more than 1,000 schools in more than 100 countries around the world. It is designed to help students ages 5-11 develop skills and understanding in English, math and science, the release adds.

“Tuttle Elementary will integrate Cambridge Primary into the curricular approach of multi-disciplinary and diverse instruction that exists at the school,” the release continues. Cambridge Primary aligns with the current state-adopted English language arts and math standards, the release adds. This curriculum emphasizes student critical thinking and development of skills in speaking, listening, writing and reading, the release notes. “Students collaborate on project-based learning and global studies,” it says.

The curriculum includes print and online material that is differentiated for the learner.

Tuttle staff members serving on a curriculum committee in 2014-15 recommended that the school apply for the Cambridge Primary program, the release points out.

In Sarasota County, Heron Creek Middle School in North Port offers the Cambridge Secondary program; Booker Middle in Sarasota will begin offering it in 2016-17.

More information about the www.cie.org.uk/primary. Tuttle Elementary School is located at 2863 Eighth St. in Sarasota.