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The minimum requirements for a student to attain an Alberta high school diploma include Science 20 Level (Science 20, Science 24, Biology 20, Chemistry 20 or Physics 20).


A mark of 60% or more in the prerequisite course is recommended for registration. A mark of 75% is the prerequisite recommended for Advanced Placement courses. Many post-secondary programs require Grade 12 Science courses.

There are four course routes for Science students at Paul Kane:

  • The Science 14/24 stream is for students who find Science difficult. Students with 80% in Science 24 can register in Science 10.
  • The Science 10-20-30 stream is for those students who would like a Grade 12 academic Science course but who will not be pursuing a career in a science-related field.
  • The Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses are for students heading towards college or university or a specific science-related field.
  • The Advanced Placement (AP) stream is designed for students who love Biology and/or Chemistry or Physics. Advanced Placement students write the same final exams as the regular courses but with the addition of the AP Biology exam, AP Chemistry exam, or AP Physics 1 exam as applicable (in May of Grade 11). Students may switch into Advanced Placement with teacher and/or Department Head consultation.

Note: ALWAYS check information with the post-secondary institution and the program of your choice. Pre-requisites vary by institution and institutions sometimes review and change entrance requirements.


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