1 There is an exception for Canadian and immigrant unilingual Francophone students who enter the Alberta school system within five years of their graduating year. For more information, see Alberta High School Diploma Requirements for Francophone Students – English Language Arts below.
2 The science requirement—Science 20 or 24, Biology 20, Chemistry 20 or Physics 20—may also be met with the 10-credit combination of Science 14 and Science 10.
3 See information on exemption from the physical education requirement.
4 See information on exemption from the CALM requirement.
5 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.
6 Students may earn a maximum of 30 credits in Work Experience, but only 15 credits may be used to meet the 100-credit requirement for the Alberta High School Diploma.

The requirements indicated in this chart are the minimum requirements for a student to attain an Alberta High School Diploma. The requirements for entry into post-secondary institutions and workplaces may require additional and/or specific courses.

100 CREDITS
including the following:

FRANÇAIS – 30 LEVEL

(Français 30-1 or 30-2)

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS – 30 LEVEL1

(English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2)

SOCIAL STUDIES – 30 LEVEL

(Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2)

MATHEMATICS – 20 LEVEL

(Mathematics 20-1, Mathematics 20-2 or Mathematics 20-3)

SCIENCE – 20 LEVEL2

(Science 20, Science 24, Biology 20, Chemistry 20 or Physics 20)

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 10 (3 CREDITS)3

CAREER AND LIFE MANAGEMENT (3 CREDITS)4

10 CREDITS IN ANY COMBINATION FROM

  • Career and Technology Studies (CTS) courses
  • Fine Arts courses
  • Second Languages courses
  • Physical Education 20 and/or 30
  • Knowledge and Employability courses
  • Registered Apprenticeship Program courses
  • Locally developed courses in CTS, fine arts, second languages or Knowledge and Employability occupational courses

5 CREDITS IN ANY 30-LEVEL COURSE
(IN ADDITION TO A 30-LEVEL ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS, A 30-LEVEL FRANÇAIS
AND A 30-LEVEL SOCIAL STUDIES COURSE AS SPECIFIED ABOVE)5

These courses may include

  • 30-level locally developed courses
  • Advanced level (3000 series) in Career and Technology Studies courses
  • 30-level Work Experience courses6
  • 30-level Knowledge and Employability courses
  • 30-level Registered Apprenticeship Program courses
  • 30-level Green Certificate Specialization courses
  • Special Projects 30
  • Courses that are identified using a post-secondary institution (PSI) course code may be used to meet the diploma requirements of “10 credits in any combination from Career and Technology Studies (CTS) courses” and “5 credits in any 30-level course—Advanced level (3000 series) in Career and Technology Studies courses.”
  • For 30-level courses that have a diploma examination, the final course mark consists of a blend of the school-awarded mark (70%) and the diploma examination mark (30%).
  • Mature students should consult the Mature Students section for applicable requirements.

Alberta High School Diploma Requirements for Francophone Students – English Language Arts

Francophone students who use Français 30-1 or Français 30-2 to meet the language arts requirements for an Alberta High School Diploma must also complete English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2. The principal of a Francophone school may exempt Canadian and immigrant unilingual Francophone students enrolled in a Francophone regional authority from meeting the English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2 Alberta High School Diploma requirement provided that

  • the student entered the Alberta school system within five years of the anticipated completion year; and
  • the principal deems the student does not demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency to successfully complete English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2

The principal must report the exemption in PASI at the time it is granted. Note that the exempted student must still be enrolled in English as a second language or English language arts courses. The student is still required to achieve the necessary minimum requirement of 100 credits to earn an Alberta High School Diploma.

For more information, contact Francophone Field Services. For contact information, see Appendix 1.