British Columbia is currently making changes to its curriculum and the graduation requirements for students. Yukon schools follow B.C.’s curriculum and graduation program. Yukon students must meet the British Columbia requirements in order to graduate.
There are no changes to the number of credits or courses required to graduate.
The main change this year is that B.C. is taking steps to replace the current five provincial exams with two new provincial exams. The two new exams will assess literacy and numeracy skills. Students will still write in-class tests and exams in many secondary courses.
See the British Columbia Provincial Exams page for more information about the changes.
Students who meet all requirements receive a Yukon secondary school graduation certificate. French Immersion graduates receive their certificates in both English and French. Graduates of the French First Language program at Académie Parhélie receive le Certificat de fin d’études secondaire.
Starting in Grade 10, there are specific courses that students must pass. A passing mark is 50% or higher.
To earn a Yukon secondary school graduation certificate (“Dogwood Diploma”), students must complete at least 80 credits in grades 10, 11 and 12*:
* At least 16 credits must come from Grade 12 courses.
The required courses, totaling 48 credits, are:
Elective courses vary by school and even from year to year within a school. Check with your school counsellor or visit the school’s website to find out what elective courses are offered.
Adults 18 and older who have not graduated from high school can enrol in the Adult Graduation Diploma Program to take courses as credit towards an adult graduation diploma (“Adult Dogwood Diploma”).
For adult graduation requirements, visit the B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma Program website.
For information about the adult high school graduation, talk to a school counsellor at your local high school.
Universities, colleges, technical institutions and trades schools have different entrance requirements. Similar programs at different institutions may have different prerequisites, and one institution may require higher marks than another.
B.C. is working with colleges and universities to ensure the graduation program meets entrance requirements and provides clear paths to postsecondary programs. We are also working with Yukon College.
Students who graduate from the new graduation program will receive the same type of Certificate of Graduation that is currently awarded, the Dogwood Diploma. Yukon student transcripts will include a student’s final course marks and the results of their provincial literacy and numeracy exams, the key subjects that postsecondary institutions look at for admissions.
School counsellors can help students choose courses that meet the basic high school graduation requirements and the specific requirements of the post-secondary program they are interested in.
For more information about graduation requirements, please see the B.C. Ministry of Education’s Grad Planner or talk to your school counsellor.