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Graduation Requirements

​ β€‹β€‹80 credits over Grades 10, 11 & 12

The B.C. Certificate of Graduation or "Dogwood Diploma" is awarded to students who successfully complete the provincial graduation requirements.

Students require a minimum of 80 credits to graduate.

Of these 80 credits:

  • At least 16 credits must be at the Grade 12 level, including a required Language Arts 12
  • At least 28 credits must be elective course credits 
  • These credits can be for:
    β€’ Additional Grade 10, 11, or 12 Ministry-Developed courses
    β€’ External Credentials
    β€’ Board/Authority Authorized courses
    β€’ Post-Secondary Credits and/or Independent Directed Studies​

  • 52 credits are required from the following: 
    • Career-Life Education (4 credits)
    • Career-Life Connections (4 credits) 
    • Physical and Health Education 10 (4 credits)
    • Science 10 (4 credits)
    • Science 11 or 12 (4 credits)*
    • Social Studies 10 (4 credits)
    • Social Studies 11 or 12 (4 credits)*
    • A Math 10 (4 credits)
    • Math 11 or 12 (4 credits)*
    • A Language Arts 10*, 11* and a required 12* (12 credits total)
    • An Arts Education 10, 11, or 12 and/or an Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies 10, 11, or 12 (4 credits total)* 
  • *one from a number of course options

In addition, students must also complete three new graduation assessments:

  • The new Grade 10 Graduation Numeracy Assessment was introduced in 2018
  • The new Grade 10 Graduation Literacy Assessment will be introduced in 2019/20
  • The New Grade 12 Graduation Literacy Assessment will be introduced in 2020/21
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