Academic Guidelines

Programs of Study Leading to High School Completion

At John G. Diefenbaker the majority of students go beyond the minimum requirements for high school completion. Diefenbaker students may complete high school with:

  • an Alberta Education Diploma—100 credits in compulsory and optional courses;
  • an Alberta Certificate of Achievement—80 credits in Knowledge and Employability (K&E) and option courses; or
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or (IB) Certificate and an Alberta Education Diploma


International Baccalaureate Diploma/Certificate Requirements

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) has a mission to promote international understanding and global citizenship, and to create a better world through education.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is a rigorous two-year curriculum, which is recognized by the world’s leading universities in over 100 countries.

The IB diploma is awarded to students who earn 24 of 45 points on the IB marking scale. This requires completing Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity Action Service (CAS), an Extended Essay (EE) and six IB courses. IB Certificates are awarded to students who complete some, but not all, IB Diploma courses.

Prospective IB students take Honours courses in Grade 10 which prepare them for IB in Grades 11 and 12.

For further information see the following websites:


It is our philosophy at John G. Diefenbaker High School that all students are responsible for the completion of all assignments and all assessments. We believe that failure is not an option and will intervene to ensure that student learning is not compromised.


Students who do not complete their work on schedule will be expected to attend tutorials. Assignments will be completed during this time. Missed assignments may receive alternate weighting and more emphasis may be assigned to future assignments or future exams. Missed tests, assignments or class work, due to absences, will also be made up with one or more of the interventions in the Circle of Success. Once a student is referred to an intervention, their attendance is mandatory.

  1. Teacher – Student – Parent or guardian | A first missed assignment will be made up in tutorial supervised by the teacher. The teacher will call the parent or guardian to inform them that an assignment has been missed and that the tutorial will serve as a makeup “demand” class. Students who skip the “demand” class will be referred to their AP.
  2. Teacher Advisor– TA | The subject teacher will notify the TA that a second assignment deadline has required intervention through tutorial assignment so that the TA can encourage the student to do their work on time. The TA may also consult with a Guidance Counsellor if they feel that other resources are required.
  3. Teacher – Student – Assistant Principal – Parent or Guardian | The teacher will refer a student to the appropriate administrator on the 3rd assignment missed, or earlier if a student is non–compliant. A student will be assigned to Friday School until assignments are completed. The Assistant Principal will contact parents/guardians to inform them that this is now a behaviour issue as well as a work issue. 
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