Graduation Requirements

grad_requirementsEighty credits in Grade 10-12 (48 required credits, 28 elective credits, four graduation portfolio credits) are needed for graduation.

Required credits:

To graduate, students need at least 48 credits from the following list:

English 10 4 credits
English 11 4 credits
English 12 4 credits
Social Studies 10 4 credits
Social Studies 11, Canadian Civics 11 or B.C. First Nations Studies 12 4 credits
Science 10 4 credits
Science 11 or 12 4 credits
Mathematics 10 4 credits
Mathematics 11 or 12 4 credits
Physical Education 10 4 credits
Fine Arts or Applied Skills 10, 11, or 12 4 credits
Planning 10 4 credits

Elective Courses:

To graduate, students will also need at least 28 credits from a list of elective courses. The selection of elective courses may vary between secondary schools.

Graduation Portfolio:

To graduate, students will need to complete a Graduation Portfolio worth four credits.

Grade 12 Credits:

To graduate, students will need to take English 12 and a minimum of 12 additional credits in Grade 12-level courses.

Graduation Examinations:

The Graduation Program requires all students to write five examinations:

1. English 10
2. Science 10
3. Mathematics 10
4. Social Studies 10 or 11
5. English 12 or Communications 12

Except for English 12, these examinations are worth 20% of the student’s final mark. The graduation exam for English 12 is worth 40% of the student’s final mark.

About one month after writing the examinations, the Ministry of Education will mail the student’s examination results (called a transcript). Students may be required to take an English Language Proficiency Test to enroll in a post-secondary institution.