Graduation Policy

Graduation Policy

A student eligible to be termed "graduand" and to take part in graduation exercises must meet the following criteria:

  • the student must have been in attendance and received marks from Pigeon Lake Regional School or Pigeon Lake Storefront School for either the first semester, second semester, or both. 
  • the student must be registered in and have passing marks by May 1 in the courses required to achieve an Alberta High School Diploma. Students must have all assignments submitted for marking by May 1.
  • students must have completed 60% of the course by May 1
  • the students shall be expected to carry a minimum course load (75%) to be eligible to graduate (some exceptions may apply after meeting with Administration and the Career Counsellor).  The 75% does not apply to storefront students. Nor students who will have earned 130+ credits.
  • the student who is registered in Distance Learning must have by May 1  at least 60% of the course completed.
  • the student registered in a Special Project must show the school that the project is 60% completed by May 1.
  • the student who is registered at the Storefront school must have completed 60% of the course work by May 1.
  • the student registered in Work Experience must have completed 60% of the hours required by May 1.
  • in order for student write ups and photo to appear in the yearbook, grade 12 students must meet the requirements above. 

 

Valedictorian Selection

The valedictorian will be selected using the highest average mark based on the following courses:

  • 30-1 English,
  • 30-1 Social Studies,  
  • the highest marks in three other 30 level academic courses
    • Math 31, Math 30-1, Math 30-2, and any 30 Level Sciences

 

Only regularly programmed courses offered and completed within the school (PLRS) are to be considered when determining valedictorian eligibility. 

The aggregate marks shall be determined using the marks indicated on the last reporting period prior to the graduation ceremony, and/or the final blended marks of these same diploma courses previously completed (e.g., a students marks of 91, 86, 93 and 85 results in an overall aggregate mark of 444). 

In the event of a tie, each of these students shall be offered the opportunity to deliver the valedictorian address. 

Only those students registered at PLRS prior to December 1 of the graduating school year shall be considered to be eligible for the honour of valedictorian.

The Principal has the authority to withdraw the honour of the valedictorian from any student who demonstrates a less than acceptable ethical, moral or responsible character.

 

Graduation Requirements

Requirements for an Alberta High School Diploma

The chart below outlines one way of achieving Alberta High School Diploma graduation requirements, in English. Course sequencing and selection will vary for individual students.

 ALBERTA HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA: GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS (ENGLISH)

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/or specific courses. 

 100 CREDITS including the following:

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS – 30 LEVEL

(English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2)

SOCIAL STUDIES – 30 LEVEL

(Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2)

MATHEMATICS – 20 LEVEL

(Mathematics 20-1, Mathematics 20-2 or Mathematics 20-3)

SCIENCE – 20 LEVEL

(Science 20, Science 24, Biology 20, Chemistry 20 or Physics 20)

 PHYSICAL EDUCATION 10 (3 CREDITS)

 CAREER AND LIFE MANAGEMENT (3 CREDITS)

10 CREDITS IN ANY COMBINATION FROM

  • Career and Technology Studies (CTS) courses
  • Fine Arts courses
  • Second Languages courses
  • Physical Education 20 and/or 30
  • Knowledge and Employability courses
  • Registered Apprenticeship Program courses
  • Locally developed courses in CTS, fine arts, second languages or Knowledge and Employability occupational courses

10 CREDITS IN ANY 30-LEVEL COURSE

(IN ADDITION TO A 30-LEVEL ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS AND A 30-LEVEL SOCIAL STUDIES COURSE AS SPECIFIED ABOVE)

These courses may include

  • 30-level locally developed courses
  • Advanced level (3000 series) in Career and Technology Studies courses
  • 30-level Work Experience courses
  • 30-level Knowledge and Employability courses
  • 30-level Registered Apprenticeship Program courses
  • 30-level Green Certificate Specialization courses
  • Special Projects 30