Graduation Requirements

What do you need to complete your high school diploma?

Here is a guideline to follow if you are interested in completing your diploma:

  • Come see us in person. It doesn't matter when you last completed a high school course. We can access your marks. We will work with you to achieve the prerequisites needed. Rules have changed - so will some of the courses you need.
  • If you are a mature student (over the age of 19 and have been out of school for 10 consecutive months), you could qualify for a high school equivalency diploma. Call us to see what we can do to help you!
  • Have a specific goal in mind with specific timelines. For example "I would like to complete my English 30-2 by January, and enter post-secondary institution in September." We're here to help you reach your goal.
  • The following courses are required by Alberta Education in order to receive your high school diploma:
    • English 30-1 or English 30-2
    • Social 30-1 or Social 30-2
    • Math at a 20 level (Grade 11 Math)
    • Science at a 20 level (Grade 11 Science)
    • 10 credits at a 30 level (Grade 12 level credits other than English and Social)
    • A total of 100 credits 
  • Come in and discuss your educational goals!

Some helpful information: 

  • The science requirement—Science 24, Biology 20, Chemistry 20 or Physics 20—may also be met with the 10-credit combination of Science 14 and Science 10.
  • Students may earn any number of credits in the study of second languages, but only a maximum of 25 language credits may be used to meet the 100-credit requirement for the Alberta High School Diploma.
  • Students entering Grade 10 in the 1998–1999 school year and subsequent school years will be able to use Physical Education 20 and/or 30 to meet this 10-credit requirement.
  • 30-level English Language Arts, 30-level Français or 30-level Social Studies courses from a different course sequence may not be used to meet the 30-level course requirement. Students may earn any number of credits in Work Experience, but only 15 credits may be used to meet the 100-credit requirement for the Alberta High School Diploma.


  • For 30-level courses that have a diploma examination, the final course mark consists of a blend of the school-awarded mark and the diploma examination mark.
  • Mature students should consult the Mature Students section for applicable requirements.