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A student must earn 100 credits in order to graduate from high school in Alberta (one credit is defined as being equal to 25 hours of instruction). In addition, Grade 12 students must write and pass diploma examinations in core subject areas to graduate. Diploma examinations are provincially administered and account for 50 percent of the students' final grade in the course. The following courses are the minimum required within the 100 credits (the requirements for entry into post-secondary institutions and workplaces may require additional and/or specific courses):
  • English Language Arts 30-1, 30-2, 30, or 33
  • Français 30 or 33 (for French first language-Francophone students only)
  • Social Studies 30 or 33
  • Mathematics at the 20 level
  • Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics at the 20 level, or a combination of Science 10 and Science 14
  • Physical Education 10 (minimum of 3 credits)
  • Career and Life Management 20 (minimum of 3 credits)
  • 10 credits in Fine Arts, CTS, Second Languages, Locally Authorized Courses, or Physical Education 20 and/or Physical Education 30
  • 10 credits in any 30 level courses in addition to English or Social Studies (Francophone students may use a 30-level English Language Arts course as part of this


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Diploma requirements are set by the Minister of Education and are outlined below:

Minimum Credits

Compulsory Courses


English 10-1/10-2

English 20-1/20-2

English 30-1/30-2


Social Studies 10

Social Studies 20

Social Studies 30


Math 10 Pure
or Math 10 Applied

Math 20 Pure
or Math 20 Applied



Science 10

at least one of:
Science 20
Biology 20
Chemistry 20
Physics 20



Phys Ed 10







= 56

number of required credits from compulsory courses above


number of required credits from a combinations of compulsory and option courses
(10 credits must be at the 30 level), and 10 credits must be from Fine Arts, CTS courses, Second Languages or Physical Education.

= 100

Total number of credits needed to receive Alberta High School Diploma


additional option course work

= 120

Total number of credits needed to receive Westmount Charter School Gifted Education Diplomas

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