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Academic Guidelines

The requirements for entry into post-secondary institutions and workplaces may require additional and specific courses. The High School Diploma is an official document issued by Alberta Education (mailed to your home three months after graduation – October) certifying the holder has completed a prescribed program of instruction and earned a minimum of 100 credits.

IMPORTANT – Credits are earned for a course if the final mark is 50% or higher.

100 Credits including the following

  • English 30-1 or 30-2
  • Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2
  • Mathematics 20-1, 20-2 or 20-3
  • Science 20, 24, Biology 20, Chemistry 20 or Physics 20
  • Physical Education 10 (3 credits)
  • Career and Life Management (3 credits)

10 CREDITS in any combination from:

  • Career and Technology Studies (CTS)
  • Physical Education 20 and/or 30
  • Locally developed/acquired and locally authorized courses in CTS, fine arts or second languages
  • Fine Arts
  • Second Languages
  • K & E Courses (Knowledge and Employability)
  • RAP courses (Registered Apprenticeship Program)

10 CREDITS

 in any 30-Level Course (In addition to a 30-level English Language Arts and a 30-level Social Studies course as specified above)

  • 35 - level locally developed/acquired and locally authorized courses
  • 3000 Series: advanced level in Career and Technology Studies courses
  • 35 - level Work Experience courses
  • 30 - 4 level K & E Courses (Knowledge and Employability)
  • 35 - Level RAP Courses (Registered Apprenticeship Program)

Course Credits

Each course is assigned a credit value determined by Alberta Education. A half semester course is worth 3 credits while a full semester course is worth 5 credits. In CTS courses, each module completed earns one credit. A student must achieve a mark of 50% in a course or module to receive credits. We encourage you to have a full schedule, especially in the first and second year of high school.

Diploma Requirements


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