I want to go back to school!

You're never too old to complete high school - even if you've been out of the classroom for a while. You have lots of options - take high school courses through upgrading, an online program or take the GED test.

If you don't know which courses you have completed, contact Alberta Education to get a copy of your "Statement of Courses and Marks" or an official "High School Transcript" so you can figure out what you still need to complete high school.

Provincial Links


Do you just need a few more courses or a higher mark in something you're already taken? Did you study in another country with different requirements? Upgrading might be right for you!

There are four ways you can upgrade:

  1. Upgrading through a Post-Secondary Institution Most colleges and technical institutes in Alberta provide high school equivalent courses that can be used to enter post-secondary programs but do not lead to a high school diploma. If you also require a high school diploma, some of these colleges are also accredited high schools offering limited courses that follow the Alberta Education curriculum.
  2. Upgrading through a School Board Some school boards offer high school courses to adult students to fulfill high school diploma requirements. To find out what is available in your area, contact your local school board. Students under the age of 20 may not be required to pay tuition fees for courses delivered through their local school board.
  3. Upgrading through Distance Learning Distance education is a flexible method of teaching and learning. You complete course work by communicating with teachers through an exchange of print and/or electronic materials. And, you often can choose a convenient location and time of study for each school term.
  4. Online courses are offered through a number of school authorities in the province.

Mature Student

A mature student, for Alberta High School Diploma purposes, is one who, as of September 1 of the current school year, is:

  • 19 years of age or older; OR
  • has an Alberta high school diploma; or an equivalent (i.e. GED see above).

A mature student may earn senior high school credits after successfully completing:

  • courses offered in a regular accredited school or through extension programs
  • courses offered by the Alberta Distance Learning Centre
  • a diploma examination conducted by Alberta Education with or without formal course instruction.

A mature student is eligible to enroll in any course at the senior high school level or to write a diploma examination without completing the prerequisite courses. Many school authorities offer programs for mature students in both credit and non-credit areas. Interested mature students should consult their local school jurisdiction for details.

It is important to understand that Alberta Education does not provide funding for students over the age of 19 as of September 1 of the current school year.

School Choice

When it comes to selecting a school, parents and students can choose from a wide range of options. They can select from public schools, Catholic schools, Francophone schools, private schools, and charter schools. They can also access a number of unique and innovative programs - including home education, online/virtual schools, outreach programs and alternative programs.


School Jurisdiction Online Programs

Online courses are offered through a number of school authorities in the province.


Alberta Works

This document provides information about services and supports available to help people find and keep jobs, help low-income Albertans cover their basic costs of living and help employers meet the need for skilled workers.

Alberta Adult Learning Planner

Did you leave high school early, before getting a diploma? Are you rethinking that decision? If you're thinking about going back to finish high school, congratulations! It's one of the best moves you'll ever make.

Adult Education Links

Links to a long list of information about adult education and training.

Pathways to Possibilities

This Workbook is available to assist students to select a possible career.

Aboriginal student success stories

This resource assists Aboriginal people to discover their career potential, one story at a time.