Calgary Board of Education

Student Services
Diploma Requirements | Student Loans

Counselling Services

Our Student Services team is keen to support and assist students in their learning within the Lester B. Pearson community. Counselling appointments may be requested by students, parents, teachers or teacher advisors.

student services office

Monday-Thursday: 8:00AM - 4:00PM

Friday: 8:30AM - 1:30PM

Phone: 403-280-6565 ext. 2438

our team

The 3 (three) full-time counsellors offer personal, educational and career counselling and consult with parents, teachers and teacher advisors to promote student success.

Counsellors also provide information on financial assistance, loans, scholarships and bursaries. Referrals or liaisons with social agencies, educational institutions and government agencies are made when required.

Students are assigned to counselors according to their last name:

  • Mr. R. Colvin, A - G, ext. 2443
  • Ms. K. Janse, Learning Leader, Student Services, H - N, ext. 2446,
  • Mrs. I. Olsen, O - Z, ext. 2440
  • Dr. E. Hickey, Learning Leader, Student Engagement (Student Learning Profiles (SLPs), accommodations, IPPs, learning differences, K&E and special education coding)), ext. 2439
  • Mrs. A. Lieske, Office Assistant, ext. 2438

Public Health Nurse

A Public Health Nurse is available at the school to answer any questions you may have about your health. The times the nurse will be available are determined the beginning of each school year. Public Health Nurses work with students, and teachers to improve the health and well being of students families. The nurse is also involved in health promotion that address the health needs of the school and community and can be found Student Services.

For more information, visit

our services

Educational Counselling

  • Program Planning
  • Course Registration
  • Timetable Conflicts
  • Applications to summer school, online, or correspondance courses
  • Teacher, administration, parent and student referrals

Personal/Social Counselling

  • Personal Issues
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Suicide risk assessment
  • Mediation
  • Special needs intervention
  • Referrals to and consultation with outside agencies
  • Wellness Resource Area

Post-Secondary Planning

  • Grade 12 Post-Secondary Handout
  • Application process
  • Post-Secondary Fair and lunch hour information session
  • Scholarship/Loan information
  • Admission exams (PSAT, SAT)

Psycho/Educational Counselling

  • Healthy Relationships Group
  • Multi-cultural Liaison support
  • Alberta Mentor Foundation for Youth referrals
  • Referrals to and consultation with outside agencies

Career Counselling

  • Development Career planning
  • Career Pathways exploration
  • Career Centre with a full-time Career Practitioner available

Alberta Diploma Requirements

The requirements indicated in this chart are the minimum requirements for a student to attain an Alberta High School Diploma. The requirements for entry into post-secondary institutions and workplaces may require additional and specific courses. 100 CREDITS including the following:

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS - 30 LEVEL(English Language Arts 30-1, 30-2)
  • SOCIAL STUDIES - 30 LEVEL(Social Studies 30 or 33)
  • MATHEMATICS - 20 LEVEL (Pure Mathematics 20, Applied Mathematics 20 or Mathematics 24)
  • SCIENCE - 20 LEVEL (Science 20, Science 24, Biology 20, Chemistry 20 or Physics 20)
    • Career and Technology Studies (CTS)
    • Fine Arts
    • Second Languages
    • Physical Education 20 and/or 30
    • Locally developed/acquired and locally authorized courses in CTS, fine arts or second languages
    • Registered Apprenticeship Program
    • Locally Developed/Acquired and Locally Authorized Courses
    • 3000 Series; Advanced Level in Career and Technology Studies Courses
    • 35-level Work Experience
    • 35-level courses from any trade in the Registered Apprenticeship Program

Find more information on the Government of Alberta's Education web site.

student loans

For information on student loans and online appliation, read this PDF file.

registration guide

The 2014-2015 Lester B. Pearson registration guide can be found in PDF format here.

honour roll

The criterion for the Honour Roll is: overall average of 80% with no mark below 70%. All courses are included, with CTS courses being credit weighted. Grade 10s must be registered in 4 courses, Grade 11s in 3.5, and Grade 12s in 3 courses. The Honour Roll is posted on the Honour Roll Board in the cafeteria.

healthy relationships group

This group promotes healthy relationships and choices for teens. It is a service offered by the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter and is run on-site, for ten weeks, twice a year. Topics covered include: values and self-esteem, problem solving/conflict resolution, family relationships, changes and goal setting, identifying and expressing feeling. See your guidance counselor to register.

the alex health bus

Providing innovative health and social solutions. Mobile Health is one of those solutions. Visit for more info. Click here to see the services offered.

youth volunteer corps

Youth Central is a non-profit organization with the mission to inspire, engage and celebrate youth through community participation. Youth Central strives to work with high schools in Calgary to provide meaningful opportunities for youth 12-18 years of age to engage in their community.

The Youth Volunteer Corps group meets twice a month at Lester B. Pearson.