Grad Requirements

Alberta Education High School Diploma Requirements

To earn an Alberta high school diploma, a student must complete a minimum of 100 credits and meet the course/subject minimum requirements, as outlined in the table below. Parents and students should ensure that appropriate course selections are made in respect to a student's ability, interest and achievement in prerequisite courses.


Credits (min)

Required Courses (min)

English 15 English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2
Social Studies 15 Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2
Mathematics 10 Pure Math 20 or 24
Applied Math 20 (old program)
Math 20-1 or 20-2 or 20-3 (new program)
Science 10 Science 20 or 24 or
Biology 20 or
Chemistry 20 or
Physics 20
Physical Education 3 Physical Education 10
Career & Life Management 3 CALM 20
Other 10 *Any two 30-level courses in addition to English 30 & Social 30
Other 10 *CTS, Fine Arts, Second Language, Phys. Ed. 20 & 30
Other 24 Not Specified
Total 100 (minimum)  

Students should plan their programs to their best advantage, keeping diploma requirements and career aspirations in mind. Students in Grade 10 and 11 are required to have full timetables (eight full courses per year). This allows for maximum flexibility in Grade 12 when diploma exams often add extra demands. Students scheduled as half-time or less may have timetables adjusted to facilitate leaving school prior to the end of the day. Students with open blocks in their schedules are expected to be engaged in learning-related activities in the library or cafeteria without interference in any other student's right to learn. Students and/or parents needing information, clarification, or advice should contact an administrator or the counsellor.