Graduation Requirements and Additional Credits

Changes to the Graduation Program will begin coming into effect as of July 1, 2016, which is the legislated start of the new school year.  For a more detailed explanation of these changes you can access the following website:

Should you require further clarification please contact the school.

Graduation Requirements

80 credits are required in total for graduation (52 Required and 28 Elective Credits)

The 52 Required Credits include:

  • Language Arts 10 (EN 10 or EN 10 First Peoples) (4 credits)*
  • Social Studies 10 (4 credits)
  • Science 10 (4 credits)*
  • Mathematics 10 (4 credits)*
  • Planning 10 (4 credits)
  • Physical Education 10 (4 credits)
  • Language Arts 11 (EN 11 or COM 11 or EN 11 First Peoples) (4 credits)
  • Social Studies 11, Civics 11 or BC First Nations Studies 12 (4 credits)*
  • Science 11 or 12 course (4 credits)
  • Mathematics 11 or 12 course (4 credits)
  • Fine Arts or Applied Skills 10, 11, or 12 course (4 credits)
  • Language Arts 12 (EN 12 or COM 12 or EN 12 First Peoples) (4 credits)*
  • Graduation Transition Plan (4 credits)

* – indicates mandatory Provincial Exam course

Students select the 28 Elective Credits to support their career and educational plans (e.g. university, college, vocational, technical, apprenticeship, entry to the workforce)

All students require a minimum of 4 of Ministry and/or Board/Authority-Authorized courses at the Grade 12 level (16 credits), including a Language Arts 12 course for 4 credits. This does not include the 4 credit Graduation Transitions Plan.

There will be no limit to the number of Board/Authority-Authorized course credits that count as elective credits towards graduation. All public post-secondary courses will count towards graduation requirements.

Grade 12 students should view the Graduation Transition Requirements.

Additional Credits

External Course Credit

Credit may be given for Ministry-authorized learning activities developed and/or offered outside the B.C. school system that meet graduation program requirements. Some examples include: specific certificates in music, dance, languages, sport, Cadets, 4H, Guides, Scouts, water safety, Occupational First Aid levels 2 & 3, computer certification, ICBC driver education, Pony Club, flight training, boating, and fitness leader credentials. See your counsellor for more information.

Equivalency Policy

This process recognizes documented learning from outside the school system which the school district deems equivalent to the learning outcomes of Ministry developed or board authorized Grade 10, 11 or 12 level courses.

The guide to determine equivalency is approximately an 80% match of learning outcomes. An example would be credit for Japanese 11 when the student’s first language of instruction in Japan was documented as being in Japanese to a grade 8 level.

Challenge For Credit

What is the purpose of “Challenge for Credit?” The purpose is to permit students to obtain full credits for Grades 10, 11 and 12 courses because they have already acquired the appropriate learning elsewhere, but do not have a certificate or documentation as proof of learning. Challenge is not envisioned as a replacement for the valuable experience students gain by learning in a classroom setting.

How can a student achieve credit through Challenge for Credit? All challenges are provided by the The Link. Students need to meet with a Mount Douglas counsellor, who will provide the information needed.

Independent Directed Studies (IDS)

IDS credits may be granted to students who achieve learning outcomes either independently or beyond those normally taught in the classroom setting. For example, credit may be granted for IDS Information and Computer Technology 11 for an independent program of website development.

Students need to speak with a school counsellor for more details about which particular credits are possible, and how they are to be achieved.

Distributed Learning & Summer School Courses

If you attend Summer School or complete a distributing learning course, please be certain to contact the Counselling Department and verify that your marks have been recorded.