Exams & Graduation

Graduation Criteria

At Bowness, students are encouraged to take a full program and achieve as rich a learning experience as possible. For Grade 12 students, Graduation Exercises are held either at the end of May or the beginning of June each year, even though students have not quite completed their final semester.

To participate in the graduation exercises for Grade 12 students, a student must:

  • have earned the required credits and courses to meet Alberta Education's requirements by August 31 of their graduating year;
  • be enrolled in good standing at Bowness High School for the Grade 12 year.
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Diploma Exams

Alberta Education informed school boards on October 13, that October/November 2020 Diploma Exams are optional for some students, and the decision to write will be made by students and their parents.  Diploma Exams scheduled for January, April or June continue to be mandatory at this time.

The exemption to write applies only to students currently taking the Diploma course and who will receive a school-awarded mark for the first quarter (September - November) courses.  Those students who tool a Diploma course before the 2020-21 school year who have registered to write one or more exams in October/November must still write the exam.  However, they may choose to defer the exam writing to January, April or June (message from Chief Superintendent of Schools on October 14, 2020).  

Alberta Education has clarified that any student who finished a diploma course and received a school-awarded mark after the August writing of diplomas and before the November writing, is also exempt from writing the November exams.​


Provincial tests are part of a balanced, broad-based program of student assessment. The results provide some of the information that guides our educators as they set targets for student achievement and track the results of school improvement initiatives. Visit the CBE website for more information on our students’ provincial testing​​.​​​

Students taking specific Grade 12 core subjects write provincial Diploma Examinations at the completion of the course which count for 30% of the student’s final mark. These courses in the CBE are:

  • English Language Arts 30-1
  • English Language Arts 30-2
  • French Language Arts 30-1
  • Mathematics 30-1
  • Mathematics 30-2
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30
  • Social Studies 30-1
  • Social Studies 30-2

More information on Diploma Exams can be found on the Alberta Education website​.

Friday, Dec. 4 is a system-wide non-instructional day. There are no classes for CBE students – this includes in-person, at-home and Hub online learning. Enjoy the beautiful weather and please continue to follow all public health measures #WeAreCBE https://t.co/72tgopR1dr

RT @mckenzie_lake: Our Gr 1Ss have been promoting the Mayor’s food drive and we are off to a rocking start. Gr1s are promoting using videos and announcements. Gr 2s are graphing our progress. ⁦@nenshi⁩ ⁦@dmmccomish#yycbe #wearecbe https://t.co/7lEd0BHkRq

Earlier today we shared an update with CBE families with some important system information https://t.co/I4ROzvbQ3E #yycbe #WeAreCBE https://t.co/QYcLZRzma2

RT @RobertThirskCBE: When you compress the 12 Days of Giving into 1, the Comets really come through! #awesomekids #justthestart #WeAreCBE https://t.co/eQyELYT5s3

Calgary Transit is waiving the administration fee for the return of December adult and youth monthly passes. Learn more on their website. #yycbe #WeAreCBE https://t.co/BHhgLrZZqk

Information has been shared with families of students in Grades 7-12 about the move to at-home learning starting on Monday, Nov. 30. Learn more: https://t.co/fDRBX3310z #yycbe #WeAreCBE https://t.co/mW452ymora

RT @KiddleCBE: Grade 1 students have been discussing - What makes a great community? Here are their super citizens. We can all learn a lot from our youngest citizens. #supercitizens #WeAreCBE https://t.co/hZuCYFmvSQ

RT @cranston_school: Staying connected across the school! We are all part of an invisible web! @patricekarst #WeAreCBE https://t.co/zKtzaAbVXJ

At the Nov 25 regular board meeting, the Board of Trustees voted to approve the closure of the National Sport School effective June 30, 2021. https://t.co/M0PHbcRRFS #yycbe https://t.co/C3ABwJE2aV

There will be a Board of Trustees public meeting today at noon for the consideration of closure of the National Sport School. Due to current COVID-19 guidelines this meeting will be held virtually. We invite you to stream the meeting online https://t.co/nvCl1fNgoJ #yycbe https://t.co/7HjNLpzKg8