International Foundation Programme
What is it?
The CLC International Foundation Programme 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”:
• 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.
• Citizenship: Global knowledge, sensitivity to and respect for other cultures, active involvement in addressing issues of human and environmental sustainability.
• Communication: Communicate effectively orally, in writing and with a variety of digital tools; listening skills.
• Critical thinking and problem solving: Think critically to design and manage projects, solve problems, make effective decisions using a variety of digital tools and resources.
• Collaboration: Work in teams, learn from and contribute to the learning of others, social networking skills, empathy in working with diverse others.
• Creativity and imagination: Economic and social entrepreneurialism, considering and pursuing novel ideas, and leadership for action.
Students who meet the graduation requirements of the CLC International Foundation Programme 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 7 modules of the CLC International Foundation Programme in addition to a literacy test called the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) which takes place annually in March.
Assessment and Evaluation
The 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.