Academic Guidelines

Graduation Expectations

Throughout the school year, students are expected to conduct themselves in a positive and respectful manner.

  • All students must meet Alberta Education graduation requirements in order to participate in the graduation ceremonies
  • Students must pay their graduation fee to participate in the graduation ceremony
  • Those students who choose not to conduct themselves in a positive and respectfully manner throughout the school may forgo their privilege of participating in Centennial’s graduation ceremonies

Alberta High School Diploma Requirements

A student must complete:

  • A minimum of 100 credits and
  • English 30-1 or 30-2
  • Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2
  • Mathematics 20-1, 20-2, 20-3
  • Science 20, 24, or Biology 20, Chem. 20 or Physics 20
  • Physical Education 10 (3 credits)
  • CALM (3 credits)
  • 10 credits, in any combination, from:
  • Career and Technology Studies
  • Fine Arts
  • Second Languages
  • P.E. 20/30
  • 10 credits in any grade 12 level courses (in addition to English and Social Studies)

Certificate of High School Achievement Requirements

A student must complete:

  • A minimum of 80 CREDITS including the following:
  • English Language Arts 20-2 or 30-4
  • Math 10-3 or 20-4
  • Science 14 or 20-4
  • Social Studies 10-2 or 20-4
  • Physical Education 10 (3 CREDITS)
  • 30-level Knowledge and Employability occupational course, or
  • 30-level Career and Technology Studies (CTS), or
  • 30-level locally developed course with an occupational focus


  • 30-level Knowledge and Employability Workplace Practicum course, or
  • 30-level Work Experience course, or
  • 30-level Green Certificate course


  • 30-level Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) course

Please refer to student’s three year planner that is distributed in ‘YOTES.

Course Procedures

Students are expected to earn 105+ credits in 3 years.

Students at Centennial High School are expected to be engaged in learning at all times. All Grade 10 students are required to take a minimum of 4 courses per semester for a total of 8 courses per year. Grade 11 students must take a minimum of 7 courses per year, 4 courses in one semester and 3 in the other. Grade 12 students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 courses. Remember this is your education; take advantage of our many programs to assist you in obtaining the knowledge and skills needed to make your future successful.

It is expected that students who fail a particular course will make every effort to complete that course through Chinook Learning Services or CBe-learn to keep their diploma requirements on track. Students may not be allowed to repeat a failed/dropped/withdrawn course in the same academic year. Students will be allowed to repeat a failed/dropped/withdrawn course once at Centennial High School. Students wishing to upgrade a passing mark must do so through Chinook Learning Services or CBe-learn.

Any student wishing to take courses outside of Centennial High School must do so in addition to their Centennial course load.

High School Course Credits

  • A minimum of 100 credits are required for graduation. A minimum grade of 50% is required to receive credit
  • Students must ensure that they have the required courses needed for graduation.
  • Grade 12 students who fail a 30 level course may not repeat the course at Centennial as these courses are generally full with students taking them for the first time. They must complete it at another learning institution such as Chinook Learning Services or CBe-learn.

Changing Courses

Students may negotiate to change a course during the first few days of semester start-up IF space exists in the requested class AND the request is based on sound educational reasons, which may include consultation with the teacher, parent, counsellor, and administrator. Priority will be given to students requesting grade appropriate courses or courses that are offered in the same time block.

Please Note: Courses are often full and course changes may not be possible.

Dropping Courses

All students are discouraged from dropping courses. However, in rare circumstances where dropping a course might be considered, the following conditions will guide the decision- making process:

  • Students will be allowed to drop courses for educational reasons only
  • Taking additional courses through another school, institution, or private lessons is NOT a reason for dropping a course
  • Individual cases will be reviewed by a guidance counsellor
  • All course drops will be brought to an administrator for final approval or denial
  • It is unlikely that students who have enrolled in a course against recommendation will be allowed to drop as significant changes to the student’s program have been made

NOTE: The student MUST remain in the class until the drop process is completed. The students will be notified when this process is complete.

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