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Education / December 26, 2022

Home school students who want to earn credits from the Alberta Education system have the following two options:

  1. Diploma Route
  2. Individual Course/Credit Route

These two options are described below:

The Diploma Route

In Alberta, home-education is a recognized and legitimate method for completing a high-school program. Students can study course outlines on their own, write tests, and be granted high-school credits for their home-education efforts. These credits are the same as if they were earned in a traditional day school and allow home-education students the opportunity to earn a full high school Alberta diploma.

Families who desire to home educate their children do not have to give up on home learning once their son or daughter reaches grade 10 and chooses to earn individual Alberta Education credits. Home-based learners can earn course credits at home through any one or more of the following options:
1. Independent study courses through the Alberta Distance Learning Center (ADLC)
2. “Course Challenges” as provided for and described in the Guide to Education publication from Alberta Education
-Challenge exams for the core subjects (math, science, English, and social studies
…..-Portfolio assessments for physical education and options courses

Home School students who choose to earn an Alberta Diploma must meet the diploma requirements as established by Alberta Education, and these requirements include earning 100 specified credits during grades 10-12. Click here to view the requirements for the Alberta Education diploma.

The ALIS website enables you to search a database of universities and colleges in Alberta to learn which Alberta Education credits that a particular university or college requires for general admission or for specific admission to a specific degree program. The bottom-line here is that most universities and colleges do not require a student to have earned a full Alberta diploma, but rather, these institutions require a student to have earned credits from specified courses.

The Course/Credit Route

Many post-secondary institutions do not require that a student have a high school diploma. Instead, most post-secondary institutions require a student to have earned specified marks and credits in specified and applicable courses. For example, the Faculties of Engineering of a given university would require a student to have passed a 30-level math course and one or two specific 30-level sciences.