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Graduation Requirements

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A Dogwood Diploma is earned by students meeting the graduation requirements.

Graduation Program (Provincial) Examinations are written in June (please note the weighting of exams below).  Students enrolled in a provincially examinable Grade 12 subject in their Grade 11 year will have the option of rewriting the Provincial exam in January or June of their Grade 12 year (the school percentage remains the same).

 Students who fail examinable subjects may:

  • Repeat the course and challenge the examination again, or
  • Rewrite the examination (within 12 months) without repeating the course in which case the school mark will stand and will be combined with their higher examination mark.


The Evergreen Certificate (previously called the School Completion Certificate) is awarded to students who complete the modified goals and objectives stated in their Student Learning Plan or Individual Education Plan (IEP), as agreed upon by the student, parent and school representative.  Students on the Evergreen Certificate program participate fully in all graduation and commencement activities. Post-secondary training and bridging programs at colleges and other agencies are available to these students upon graduation with this certificate.

Post-Secondary Institution Eligibility

Students should be aware that graduation from high school does not automatically guarantee entrance to a specific post-secondary institution or program. Students are responsible for investigating post-secondary institution requirements.


80 credits (equivalent to 20, four-credit courses) required for graduation. Grade 10-12 courses count towards graduation.

      Required Courses (48 credits, four credits each)

Language Arts 10 (EN 10)

Language Arts 11 (EN 11 or COM 11)

Language Arts 12 (EN 12 or COM 12)

Social Studies 10

Social Studies 11 or Canadian Civics 11

Science 10

Science 11 or 12

Mathematics 10

Mathematics 11 or 12

Physical Education 10

Fine Arts or Applied Skills 10, 11 or 12

Planning 10*

Grad Transition**

*Planning 10 focusses on planning, career development, healthy decision-making, financial literacy, and portfolio planning.  As part of the Planning 10 course, students learn about and consider eight possible focus areas.

**Students will be introduced to the Grad Transitions in Planning 10.  Students must complete 30 hours of work or volunteer experience as part of the required Grad Transitions.

Elective Courses (28 additional credits)

Students select courses to support their career and educational plans (e.g. university, college, vocational, technical, apprenticeship, entry to the workforce), minimum of four Grade '12' courses (16 credits) of Ministry and/or Board/Authority-Authorized (BAA) courses at Grade 12 level, including a Language Arts 12 course for four credits.  There is no limit to the number of Board/Authority-Authorized course credits that count as elective credits towards graduation.

Physical Education 10 is required for all students.  To graduate students are also required to meet a provincial standard of physical activity and be assessed in other health-related areas. Students, who do not take a PE course or are not in the Super Achiever program, must complete as a Ministry requirement 150 minutes per week of Daily Physical Activity.

All public post-secondary courses will count towards graduation requirements.


Students are required to write 5 Graduation Program Exams:

Grade 10 Language Arts (20%); Grade 10 Science (20%); Grade 10 Mathematics (20%)

Grade 11 Social Studies (20%); Canadian Civics (20%); First Nations 12

Grade 12 Language Arts course (EN 12 or COM 12) (40%)​