The Leadership Academy provides three levels of participation from which students can choose, as outlined below.
Level 1: Leadership Academy General Requirements
All students at CCHS take part in the Leadership Academy!
Camden Catholic believes that all of its students deserves the benefits of leadership training so every student is required to complete the following as a part of their graduation requirements:
J-Term Irish Immersion Course Annual Requirement:
J-Term Irish Immersion Courses are provided during a scheduled section of school days where students take part in a single course focusing on developing one or more leadership skills. Students must successfully complete one J-Term Irish Immersion Course each year they are at CCHS.
Extra-Curricular Leadership Academy Seminar Requirement:
Extra-Curricular Leadership Academy Seminars occur outside of the school day where students are trained in one or more leadership skill and are provided the opportunity to actively apply the lessons learned through real-world experiences. They may contain workshops, trips, club activities, immersion experiences or service projects. Students must successfully complete one Extra-Curricular Leadership Academy Seminar throughout their time at CCHS.
*Note: some of the extra-curricular retreats ran by the Campus Ministry department may also meet this requirement.
Senior Leadership Research Project:
The Senior Leadership Research Project provides seniors with an opportunity to engage in research according to their own curiosity stemming from their course of studies and empowers students to further research a need they see in the world and develop a proposed solution to lead to a just society. Students must successfully complete the Senior Leadership Research Project their senior year.
Level 2: Advanced Level Leadership Academy Programs
Graduate from the Leadership Academy
Advance Level Leadership Academy programs provide students the opportunity to take a more in-depth focus on developing their Leadership.
Leadership Academy Graduates: In order to become a Leadership Academy graduate students must complete a Level 2 or Level 3 Leadership Academy program and must create a LEAD talk, which is a 10-18 minute TED style video on one of the “ideas” they learned that they believe has the power “to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world”.
Cathedral Scholars Honors Program:
The Cathedral Scholars Honors Program (CSHP) seeks to challenge academically gifted students on their individual journeys through high school. Through individual guidance and academic planning, Cathedral Scholars learn to set goals and work to achieve them during their four years at CCHS. The students in the CSHP are expected to be a part of the school community, participate in meaningful service projects that benefit the greater community, and engage in an academically rigorous program of studies.
Global Leadership Program:
The Global Leadership Program (GLP) enables students to choose a leadership concept and design an educational trip or course to help students to learn, experience and immerse themselves in the concept and then craft strategies to incorporate the concept in their own lives.
Level 3: Leadership Academy Scholars
Maximize your leadership potential and stand out to colleges by creating your own Leadership Academy program!
Leadership Skills in the 21st Century Course:
The goal of this college level course is for students to become proficient in the science of 21sat Century Skills, Positive Psychology and Leadership Theory and to apply this knowledge in creating a Leadership Academy programs for other students as well as beyond their time at Camden Catholic as leaders in the Catholic tradition. Classes are 3 hour sessions outside of school hours and will also contain a three day overnight summit.
Colleges are looking for students who not only have a solid academic record but also are driven, creative, and take a leadership role in their community. The opportunity for students to create and lead their own Leadership Academy courses for other students is unique to Camden Catholic and will set them apart from other college applicants.