Alberta has one of the best education systems in the world. One of the many reasons is a centralized, high quality curriculum that outlines what students are expected to learn and be able to do in all subjects and grades. Alberta’s curriculum is designed to help students achieve their individual potential and create a positive future for themselves, their families and their communities.
Religious education is an essential and integral part of the life and culture of a Catholic school. CCSD offers students the opportunity to receive an education within the context of the Catholic culture. Catholic values and attitudes permeate every aspect of the school life: all classroom instruction, extracurricular programs and school celebrations. International students will be required to take religious education classes that are mandatory for all students.
To earn a basic high school diploma, students successfully complete certain courses and earn a minimum of 100 credits. The credits must include the following:
- Religion 35
- English 30-1 or 30-2
- Social Studies 30 or 33
- Mathematics 20 Pure or 20 Applied or 24
- Science 20, or Science 24, or Chemistry 20, or Biology 20, or Physics 20
- Physical Education 10
- Career and Life Management (CALM)
- In addition to English and Social Studies 30 or 31, two other grade 12 courses (10 credits are required.)
10 credits at any level from:
- Career and Technology Studies (computer applications, design studies, cabinet making, food studies, fashion studies, metal technology, communications technology)
- Fine Arts: Art, band, drama, choral music
- Second Languages: French, Mandarin, Italian, Japanese and Spanish
Grade 12 Diploma Examinations
Diploma Examinations are written by Grade 12 students across the province of Alberta, Canada. The purpose is to certify individual student achievement in selected Grade 12 courses and to ensure that province-wide standards of achievement are maintained. There is a small fee that must be paid prior to writing a Diploma exam.
International students seeking Alberta Grade 12 high school credits must write a diploma examination on the same terms as any Alberta student.