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AP 219: Course Challenges


The Division believes that students, who can demonstrate extensive study or have acquired proficient skill levels in a high school course, may challenge that course. Course challenges apply to non-diploma examination courses and only to the school awarded mark component of diploma examination courses.


  1. Challenges shall be initiated by the student by providing the principal of the school with a written request indicating his/her intent.
  2. The student shall provide evidence to support the application for course challenge. The evidence, e.g. a portfolio, statement of experience, certificate of achievement, must accompany the letter.
  3. The principal shall make the final decision about the student’s readiness for a course challenge in accordance with Appendix 3 of the Alberta Education Guide to Education.
  4. The principal shall assign the assessment of the student’s course challenge to a certified teacher with expertise in the area.
  5. The student may only challenge a course once.
  6. High schools shall include these procedures and locally developed policies in their Student/Parent Handbook.
  7. The following courses may not be challenged:
    1. Math 10 Prep
    2. Special Projects 10, 20, 30
    3. Work Experience 15, 25, 35
    4. CTS Courses completed in grades 7, 8, 9
    5. Learning Strategies 15, 25, 35