Cambridge Leadership High School Diploma

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The Cambridge Leadership High School Diploma emphasises that the fundamental purpose of education is to produce in all of its graduates the quality of leadership – the capacity and commitment to act for one’s own good and for the common good.

The curriculum seeks to transform the learners of today into the leaders of tomorrow by fostering the development of six key qualities known as the “six Cs”. These are as follows:


Economic and social entrepreneurialism, considering and pursuing novel ideas, and leadership for action.


Communicate effectively orally, in writing and with a variety of digital tools; listening skills.


Global knowledge, sensitivity to and respect for other cultures, active involvement in addressing issues of human and environmental sustainability.


Work in teams, learn from and contribute to the learning of others, social networking skills, empathy in working with diverse others.

Character education

Honesty, self-regulation and responsibility, perseverance, empathy for contributing to the safety and benefit of others, self-confidence, personal health and well-being, career and life skills.

Critical thinking

Think critically to design and manage projects, solve problems, make effective decisions using a variety of digital tools and resources.

Cambridge Leadership College students

About the Cambridge Leadership High School Diploma

Students who meet the graduation requirements of the Cambridge Leadership High School Diploma receive certification from the Ontario School Board with the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and an Ontario Student Transcript outlining the courses taken and the student’s achievement.

In order to receive the OSSD, students are required to successfully complete 6 modules of the Cambridge Leadership High School Diploma in addition to a literacy test called the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) which takes place in the month of March.

Five modules are to be selected from the following eight elective subjects. More than one module can be chosen from each subject area.


English is a mandatory subject.


The Leadership Curriculum challenges students to be critical thinkers and intentional learners, responsible for their own learning through truly student-centered in-class learning activities, regular term tests, varied individual and group assignments and presentations in front of the class.

Assessment is ongoing, varied in nature, and administered over a period of time to provide multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate the full range of their learning.

Teachers provide ongoing descriptive feedback that is clear, specific and meaningful. The primary purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning and achievement.

Assessment is based on the standards of the Ontario Ministry of Education, using diagnostic, formative and summative methods. Final grades are calculated based on the following scheme: 70% coursework (assignments, presentations, research papers, projects, independent study, etc.) reflecting the student’s most consistent level of achievement, with special consideration given to more recent evidence and 30% final exam.

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