This information is for students who are leaving high school before they receive a high school diploma or certificate.


Where To Finish School

Calgary Board of Education

  • Chinook Learning Services
    Chinook Learning Services is aprovider of Academic Success Programs, Adult English Language Learning and non-credit Continuing Education (professional and personal development).
  • CBe-Learn
    An online junior and senior high school. It is located in Career and Technology Centre.
  • Career &Technology Centre (CTC) at Lord Shaughnessy High School
    A place where students are invited to personalize their education experience and engage in unique, hands on opportunities. The CTC provides continuous access to academic, industry-standard programs.
  • Alternative High School
    As the name states, this is an alternative to the regular high school programs. It allows students to direct and pace their own learning.
  • Discovering Choices / Start Outreach
    This program offers courses based on Alberta Education high school curriculum and work experience opportunities. Enrolment include students who are between 15-19 years old as of September 1. This program also provides additional services such as personal and career counselling, conflict resolution, anger management and more.

Other Institutions

  • Alberta Distance Learning Centre
    Independent high school programming with Knowledge and Employability courses. Fees are sometimes partially reimbursed with completion of the course.
  • Bow Valley College |Academic Upgrading
    They offer a high school equivalency program (GED), academic upgrading, English as a Second Language (ESL) and job training programs.
  • St. Paul's Academy
    Located in Okotoks, St. Paul's Academy offers online, blended, traditional and aligned programs.

How to Get Training Without a High School Diploma

  • Bow Valley College
    Business and vocational programs are available to students who have not completed hish school. As long as minimum standards and age requirements are met.
  • SAIT
    Programs are available for students who do not have a high school diploma but are 18 years of age and meet the minimum requirements.
  • Athabasca University
    A distance education approach to university education. They have an open admission policy and offer degrees in Arts, General Studies, Administration, Commerce and Science along with a number of University Certificate Programs.
  • Mount Royal University
    Programs are available to students who are 18 years of age and have not completed high school but still meet the minimum requirements.
  • Canadian Forces
    Check out their many education and occupation opportunities
  • Apprenticeship Programs
    These programs offer on-the-job training in selected trades.
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Withdrawal from School

Before you withdraw from school, you must see a counsellor or an administrator. At that time you will be advised of the various tasks to be completed prior to leaving. Parent contact (for students under 18 years of age) will be made prior to withdrawal. Refund cheques are processed when all textbooks, library books, student ID cards, and classroom materials are returned and the withdrawal form is complete.

Early Withdrawal

Withdrawal from School

Before you withdraw from school, you must see a counsellor or an administrator. At that time you will be advised of the various tasks to be completed prior to leaving. Parent contact (for students under 18 years of age) will be made prior to withdrawal. Refund cheques are processed when all textbooks, library books, student ID cards, and classroom materials are returned and the withdrawal form is complete.

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