About High School Completion


Finishing high school is an important step for young people to create a positive future for themselves, their families and their communities. Alberta's future prosperity rests on our ability to generate a well-educated workforce that is responsive to change. Among the key priorities of our province's education system is to ensure all of our students are successful - both in school and in life.


Alberta's High School Completion Strategic Framework

A high school diploma provides a strong foundation of knowledge and skills that are essential to career success, further study and in life.

But not every student completes high school and the decision to leave school early can result from a number of factors. Keeping kids engaged and motivated to finish high school requires a number of approaches and a great deal of collaboration. The Alberta High School Completion Framework addresses the challenges students face in finishing high school and helps ensure all students are given the opportunity to succeed. To read more about the five core strategies use the navigation bar on the left.

Five Core Strategies

The Alberta High School Completion Framework supports work fitting under five core strategies:

  1. Student Engagement
  2. Successful Transitions
  3. Collaborative Partnerships
  4. Positive Connections
  5. Tracking Progress


Alberta's High School Completion Rates

Alberta's 2013 high school completion rates show the percentage of students in Alberta finishing within three years of entering high school is growing.

Alberta's three-year high school completion rate increased to 74.9 per cent in 2013 from 71.5 per cent in 2009. The increase follows efforts by schools boards, teachers, parents, communities and government to better engage students in the importance of learning.

There was a modest decrease in Alberta's dropout rate, which fell to 3.3 per cent in 2013 from 3.5 per cent in 2012. 

Alberta High School Student Outcomes

Alberta Education calculates student results related to high school programs, Grades 10-12, each spring for the previous school year. These results include 3-, 4-, and 5-year high school completion rates, based on tracking Grade 10 students. For provincial information on Alberta High School student outcomes, click on the document links below.

These measures are part of the set of Accountability Pillar measures used to assess school jurisdiction performance.  The complete provincial Accountability Pillar report is available here. Jurisdiction rates are included in their three-year plans posted on the school board's website by the end of June and in their results reports which are posted on each jurisdiction website at the end of November each year.

Updated: May 2014