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Credits and Courses FAQ

What do I need to graduate?
What are credits?
How many credits do I collect per course?
What do the numbers beside the courses mean?
What is a "prerequisite" course?
Can I take a course if I didn't get the recommended mark?
Am I limited to ONLY taking 100 credits?
I earned high school credits in junior high. Will you count them?

What do I need to graduate?

Detailed information can be found here. Basically, you need 100 credits earned to finish high school.

What are credits?

How many credits do I collect per course?

What do the numbers beside the courses mean?

As a rule, three digit courses numbers denote a complementary course, while 2 digit courses usually mean a core course. Also, numbers usually give a hint to the progression of a course. For example, most core academic courses group as a "10 - 20 - 30" progression. For example, in order to take Science 20, you first must pass Science 10. Successful completion of Science 20 is a prerequisite you must have before taking Science 30.

What is a "prerequisite" course?

A pre-requisite course is a course that must successfully be completed before students can proceed to the next level. For example, students must pass English Language Arts 10-1 with a minimum mark of 50% before they can take English Language Arts 20-1.

Can I take a course if I didn't get the recommended mark?

Passing a class is all that Alberta Education requires for you to take the next course. However, most courses get more difficult at the next level and often require the student to build from the knowledge that was learned in the previous course. If that knowledge is weak, the student risks setting themselves up for failure at the next level instead of exploring options which may be easier, more appropriate and still meet their academic and post secondary goals.

Students who pass a course but do not meet recommended requirements should consider their decision carefully before proceeding to the next course level. Often, there are other options available. Our counsellors are experts at helping a student choose courses that fit both their abilities and their long term post secondary goals.

Am I limited to ONLY taking 100 credits?

Absolutely not! In fact, it is quite common for students at Sir Winston Churchill to exceed 100 credits by the time they graduate. Due to the vast array of courses available, coupled with popular and well run complementary programs and the IB program, students often choose to do and learn more than the province requires.

I earned high school credits in junior high. Will you count them?

Students requesting high school credit for courses completed in junior high school must be compliant with Alberta Education expectations, and the request will be individually assessed.