Students attending a large high school are often overwhelmed by the choices of course offerings. This is especially true when students have the opportunity to attend two schools in one building. Students are encouraged to talk to parents and teachers when planning coursework.









Most students at ESFCHS/AHSFA are working towards a regular High School Diploma from École Secondaire Foothills Composite High School or Alberta High School of Fine Arts. However, some students may require specialized programming. ESFCHS/AHSFA offers three additional programs.

The Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) - designed to help students complete their high school diploma and at the same time begin their apprenticeship in a registered trade.

The Certificate of Achievement Program - designed for preparing students for the world of work. It targets students who have not been successful in the regular classroom and are having difficulty completing a regular diploma.

The Certificate of Completion and Co-op programs - geared to the development of special needs students. Both of these programs work in close consultation with parents.

Along with the minimum, other school specific requirements are in place to graduate from ESFCHS and/or the AHSFA. Continued enrolment in our schools is dependent on maintaining your eligibility as a “Student in Good Standing” including successful completion of our LEADERSHIP course at each grade level.


A High School Diploma is an official document issued by Alberta Education certifying that the holder has completed a prescribed program of High School instruction. Minimum High School Diploma requirements are as follows:

To qualify for the Alberta High School Diploma, students are required to:

1.  Earn a minimum of 100 credits

2.  Complete and meet the standard of the following courses:

  • English 30-1 or 30-2
  • Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2
  • Math 20-1, 20-2, or 20-3
  • Science Course at the 20 level
  • Physical Education 10
  • Career and Life Management (CALM)

3.  Earn 10 credits from any combination of:

  • CTS Classes
  • Fine Arts
  • Second Language
  • Physical Education 20 and/or Physical Education 30
  • RAP courses or K. & E. Occupational courses

4.  Earn 10 credits in any combination of 30-level courses, not including English 30-1 or 30-2 and not including Social 30-1 or 30-2 (this includes senior level (3000’s) CTS courses)

NOTE: The High School Diploma does not necessarily grant admission to post-secondary education institutions. Students should be aware that there are a variety of entrance requirements for post-secondary institutions and they should plan their programs accordingly.