Academic upgrading if you are 19 or younger

Find out how and where you can finish high school or upgrade if you are 19 years old or younger.


Completing high school is the first step to getting the skills and background you need to succeed in post-secondary education or in the workforce. For most jobs in Alberta, you need a minimum of a high school diploma or an equivalency diploma. To be accepted into many post-secondary programs, you need specific high school or high school equivalent courses. Schools across Alberta offer a number of different programs that help students earn high school credits.

Finishing high school

Students can take several pathways to complete high school. Alberta Education diplomas and certificates certify that the holder has successfully completed a program of instruction. A student who is awarded a diploma or certificate from this list is a graduate:

  • Alberta High School Diploma (English and Francophone)
  • Certificate of High School Achievement (English and Francophone)
  • Certificate of School Completion
  • High School Equivalency Diploma

For more information about graduation requirements, see Graduation requirements, credentials and credits.

Students enrolled in an Alberta high school can view their progress towards completing a credential online by visiting

Where to finish high school

If you are 19 years or younger on September 1 you can upgrade by contacting the principal of your local high school. Alternatively, there are many online options offered by school authorities across the province.

Upgrading costs

If you choose to upgrade or finish your high school education at an Alberta high school you do not pay tuition, and may only be asked to pay school fees for textbooks or other expenses.

If you need a more flexible option, you can pay to attend evening, weekend or online classes at another upgrading provider. Before you enrol, confirm with the provider that these classes will allow you to earn high school credit and what costs you may be expected to pay.


Connect with Advanced Education to ask questions and get help for high school upgrading:

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