Grade 12 is an important year with many decisions to be made throughout the year. Parents of grade 12 students have a pivotal role at this time as they guide their son or daughter through the many decisions that will affect their child’s future after high school is completed.  Grade 12 is when many high school students begin thinking about and making these decisions, however, to be on top of things, students should start in Grades 10 and 11 to begin asking the following questions:

“What am I Going to do After Grade 12?”

Some of the available options are:

  • Find a permanent job 
  • Work for a year or so and then go to further education or training 
  • Continue studying or training at a post-secondary institution 
  • Enter into an Apprenticeship Program 
  • Travel or participate in an exchange or work abroad program 
  • Apply to the Canadian Armed Forces

“Will I Meet the Requirements for an Alberta High School Diploma?”

  • A minimum of 100 credits is required 
  • A minimum final mark of 50% is required to earn credits

“What Do I Want to Study and Where?”

Make sure that your decision whether to continue with further education or training, where to attend and what to study are based on sound planning and careful thought. With costs for post-secondary education in the $7,000-$14,000+ range per year for tuition, books and living expenses you are making an important investment in your future.

Find out what really interests you, what you are good at and how you like to learn. Use a variety of resources to assist you

  • Career Cruising - an online career exploration program (see your Guidance Counsellor for the username/password) 
  • ALIS - a career planning website from Alberta with self-assessments & occupational profiles 
  • Student Financial Assistance - a Canadian website to help you plan, save and pay for post-secondary education 
  • Post-secondary school websites and course calendars 
  • Student-For-A-Day programs 
  • Open Houses 
  • Information sessions and presentations by post-secondary institutions at school and in Calgary 
  • People you trust: family, Guidance Counsellor, Career Practitioner, teachers, coaches can also assist and guide you through this process

Once you have considered a program of studies and a post-secondary institution you should ask:

  • What are the entrance requirements for the program (courses and/or marks required, SAT or ACT Scores)? 
  • By when must I apply for the program (application deadline)? 
  • Is there an Early Application deadline date for certain programs or institutions? 
  • How do I apply (online, paper application forms)? 
  • Do I apply directly to the institution or go through a Central Application Centre (Apply Alberta, OUAC, Apply BC, Common Application for select US colleges)? 
  • What do I include with the application form (interim/predicted marks, application fee, personal profile, other information)? 
  • What do I need to know if I am applying to an institution outside of Alberta?
    Outside of Canada? 
  • What are the costs for tuition, books and supplies? 
  • How do I finance my education (scholarships/bursaries, student loan, personal bank loan, family resources)? 
  • Where can I get information about scholarships, student loans? 
  • Can I qualify for scholarship money in Grade 10 and/or 11? 
  • What are the deadline dates for scholarship and student loan applications? 
  • When must I arrange to have an Official Transcript of my final marks forwarded to the institution and/or scholarship organization? 
  • How do I arrange to forward an Official Transcript of my final marks? What is the cost?

After High School

Grade 12 is an important year with many decisions to be made throughout the year. Parents of grade 12 students have a pivotal role at this time as they guide their son or daughter through the many decisions that will affect their child’s future after high school is completed.  Grade 12 is when many high school students begin thinking about and making these decisions, however, to be on top of things, students should start in Grades 10 and 11 to begin asking the following questions:

“What am I Going to do After Grade 12?”

Some of the available options are:

  • Find a permanent job 
  • Work for a year or so and then go to further education or training 
  • Continue studying or training at a post-secondary institution 
  • Enter into an Apprenticeship Program 
  • Travel or participate in an exchange or work abroad program 
  • Apply to the Canadian Armed Forces

“Will I Meet the Requirements for an Alberta High School Diploma?”

  • A minimum of 100 credits is required 
  • A minimum final mark of 50% is required to earn credits

“What Do I Want to Study and Where?”

Make sure that your decision whether to continue with further education or training, where to attend and what to study are based on sound planning and careful thought. With costs for post-secondary education in the $7,000-$14,000+ range per year for tuition, books and living expenses you are making an important investment in your future.

Find out what really interests you, what you are good at and how you like to learn. Use a variety of resources to assist you

  • Career Cruising - an online career exploration program (see your Guidance Counsellor for the username/password) 
  • ALIS - a career planning website from Alberta with self-assessments & occupational profiles 
  • Student Financial Assistance - a Canadian website to help you plan, save and pay for post-secondary education 
  • Post-secondary school websites and course calendars 
  • Student-For-A-Day programs 
  • Open Houses 
  • Information sessions and presentations by post-secondary institutions at school and in Calgary 
  • People you trust: family, Guidance Counsellor, Career Practitioner, teachers, coaches can also assist and guide you through this process

Once you have considered a program of studies and a post-secondary institution you should ask:

  • What are the entrance requirements for the program (courses and/or marks required, SAT or ACT Scores)? 
  • By when must I apply for the program (application deadline)? 
  • Is there an Early Application deadline date for certain programs or institutions? 
  • How do I apply (online, paper application forms)? 
  • Do I apply directly to the institution or go through a Central Application Centre (Apply Alberta, OUAC, Apply BC, Common Application for select US colleges)? 
  • What do I include with the application form (interim/predicted marks, application fee, personal profile, other information)? 
  • What do I need to know if I am applying to an institution outside of Alberta?
    Outside of Canada? 
  • What are the costs for tuition, books and supplies? 
  • How do I finance my education (scholarships/bursaries, student loan, personal bank loan, family resources)? 
  • Where can I get information about scholarships, student loans? 
  • Can I qualify for scholarship money in Grade 10 and/or 11? 
  • What are the deadline dates for scholarship and student loan applications? 
  • When must I arrange to have an Official Transcript of my final marks forwarded to the institution and/or scholarship organization? 
  • How do I arrange to forward an Official Transcript of my final marks? What is the cost?
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