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Graduation Requirements

Completing high school is the first step to getting the skills and background needed to help secure a positive future in post-secondary education or in the workforce.

Most employers require a minimum of a high school diploma (or equivalency diploma) and for many post-secondary programs, there are specific course requirements. Students can view their progress online from myPass, an Alberta Education self-service website. 

What are credits?

Credits are awarded to students in high school courses who achieve at least a 50% grade for the course. In order to finish high school with an Alberta High School Diploma or Certificate of Achievement, students must meet the requirements as set out by Alberta Education. 

It is important to keep in mind that while the requirements indicated in the charts below are the minimum requirements for a student to attain their credentials, entry into post-secondary institutions and some workplaces may require additional and/or specific courses.

Connect with your high school guidance counselor or an FVSD Career Coach to develop a high school plan that aligns with the requirements of your chosen career path. Not sure which career path is right for you? Your high school guidance counselor and FVSD Career Coaches can help with that too! 

100 CREDITS, including the following:

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

10 CREDITS in any combination from the following:

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

Students must also obtain 10 CREDITS in any 30-level course (in addition to a 30-level ELA and a 30-level Social Studies course as specified above). Courses may include:

  • 30-level locally developed courses
  • Advanced level (3000 series) in Career & Technology Studies courses
  • 30-level Work Experience courses
  • 30-level Knowledge & Employability courses
  • 30-level Registered Apprenticeship Program courses
  • 30-level Green Certificate Specialization courses
  • Special Projects 30

Visit the Alberta Education website for more details: High School Diploma: Graduation Requirements

80 CREDITS, including the following:

  • English Language Arts 20-2 or 30-4
  • Mathematics 10-3 or 20-4
  • Science 14 or 20-4
  • Social Studies 10-2 or 20-4
  • Physical Education 10 (3 credits)
  • Career & Life Management (3 credits)


  • 30-level Knowledge & Employability occupational course, or
  • Advanced level (3000 series) in Career & Technology Studies courses, or
  • 30-level locally developed course with an occupational focus



  • 30-level Knowledge & Employability Workplace Practicum course, or
  • 30-level Work Experience course, or
  • 30-level Green Certificate course, or
  • Special Projects 30




  • 30-level Registered Apprenticeship Program course

Visit the Alberta Education website for more details: Certificate of High School Achievement Requirements

Knowledge & Employability Program (K&E) is a program intended for students who are challenged in completing academic courses. The K&E course is focused on developing skills necessary for everyday living at home, in the community, and on the job. While basic skills development in the academic program is directed at improving students' abilities to communicate, compute, and socialize, the practical arts/occupational courses provide opportunities for students to apply these skills.

The K&E courses, in particular the practical arts and occupational courses, all have a community partnership component. Community partnership opportunities also provide a means of enhancing students' social skills and self-esteem while providing occupational preparation for entry into the world of work. Integration of students into the school environment is encouraged. Whenever possible, students in this program are expected to enrol in regular classes such as physical education, CALM, art, music, or drama.