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Graduation Requirements

MINISTER’S DIRECTIVE
NO. MD 2011-02

Senior High School Graduation Requirements
Supersedes Circular No. 99-001

Pursuant to section 8 of the School Act R.S.P.E.I. 1988, Cap. S-2.1, I hereby issue the following Minister's Directive concerning Senior High School Graduation Requirements.

Option A - English System including French Immersion - 4 periods per day

1. The minimum number of credits required for senior high school graduation (grade 12) is 20 credits.

2. The number of compulsory credits which a senior high school student must take to receive the Provincial Senior High School Graduation Certificate is 10.  These compulsory credits must be taken from the following core areas:

  (a) 4 language credits (English/French),
  (b) 2 math credits,
  (c) 2 science credits; and
  (d) 2 social studies credits.

Three of the language credits must be taken from English as a first language program.  The fourth language credit can be either an additional credit of the first language program or a credit in the other official language.

3. The number of grade 12 level credits which a student is required to complete is five full course credits.  One of these five credits will be English.

4. Full-course credits will consist of 110 hours of instruction time.  A student will be awarded a credit upon achieving a pass mark of 50% in a course.

Option B - French System  - 5 periods per day (pilot project for 2009-2012)

1. The minimum number of credits required for senior high school graduation (grade 12)  will be increased from 20 to 25 credits.

This change will be phased in, so as not to adversely effect students part way through senior high.  Students entering grade 10 in September of 2009 will be required to complete 25/30 credits for graduation.  Students entering grade 11 in September of 2009 will be required to complete 23/28, and students entering grade 12 in September of 2009 will be required to complete 21/26.

2. The number of compulsory credits which a senior high school student must take to receive the Provincial Senior High School Graduation Certificate is 15.  These compulsory credits must be taken from the following core areas:

  (a) 5 French first language credits;
  (b) 3 math credits,
  (c) 2 science credits;
  (d) 2 social studies credits;
  (e) 1 English credit (second official language)
  (f) 1 career education credit
  (g) 1 credit in arts, trades, technology, or health/physical education.

3. The number of grade 12 level credits which a student is required to complete is seven (7) full course credits.  One of these seven credits will be French.  The French program does not include French immersion.

4. Full-course credits will consist of 92.5 hours of instruction time.  A student will be awarded a credit upon achieving a pass mark of 50% in a course.


General Statements

5. No modification may be made to the credit value of provincial courses without the prior approval of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.  If a change occurs in the number of hours required for a credit, this directive will be adjusted accordingly to reflect the time requirements outlined above.

6. A number of courses in senior high schools will have prerequisites, for example, English, French and mathematics.  Certain courses will require prerequisites in other subject fields, for example, grade 12 physics will have certain prerequisites in mathematics.

7. Although senior high schools may continue to award specific diplomas or certificates to students who achieve beyond the provincial requirements, senior high schools will be required to award their (basic) diploma to students who meet the provincial requirements.

8. Provision for local programs will continue to exist, but these programs must have prior approval from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

9. The compulsory credits required for students of technical programs and other similar programs to graduate from senior high school will remain unchanged.  However, the minimum number of credits required for graduation will be increased from 20 to 25 in the Francophone system, as noted in #1.

DATED in Summerside, March ____ 2011.


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Doug Currie
Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development


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