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Credits/Graduation


Is a Correspondence Study course accepted as credit for the purpose of graduating with a Nova Scotia high school graduation diploma?

Public school courses taken by correspondence are recognized for credit towards a Nova Scotia high school diploma. Students transferring to Nova Scotia from another jurisdiction (province or state) must meet the Nova Scotia high school graduation requirements.

How do I know what credits I need to earn a Nova Scotia high school graduation diploma?

See the guidance office at the last high school you attended to have your transcript evaluated.

A Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma is awarded to students who have successfully completed the required subjects and electives as described below. Diplomas are issued by schools and school boards and not by the correspondence study office. Correspondence study does not award high school graduation diplomas. Diplomas are awarded by schools and school boards. Not all credits required for a Nova Scotia high school graduation diploma are available through correspondence study.

Students seeking to earn a Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma will require a minimum of 18 credits to graduate.

No more than seven of the 18 credits may be for grade 10 courses, and at least five must be for grade 12 courses.

Compulsory credits for the Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma will be those listed below.

These requirements will apply to any student who wishes to earn a Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma, regardless of the year in which the student registered in grade 10 for the first time.


Language, Communication, and Expression

  • 3 English Language Arts, one at each grade level, or for students in Acadian or Francophone schools, 3 French language arts, one at each grade level

  • 1 Fine Arts:
  • Art;
  • Dance;
  • Drama;
  • Music;

Science, Mathematics, and Technology

  • 2 Mathematics

  • 2 Science courses include:
  • Biology;
  • Chemistry;
  • Science 10;
  • Physics;
  • one other approved Science course

  • 2 others from Mathematics, Science, and/or Technology.

    Eligible technology courses include:
    • Business Technology 11 and 12;
    • Communications Technology 11 and 12;
    • Computer Programming 12;
    • Construction Technology 10;
    • Construction Trades 11;
    • Multimedia 12;
    • Design 11;
    • Electrotechnologies 11;
    • Energy, Power, and Transportation 11;
    • Exploring Technology 10;
    • Film and Video Production 12;
    • Food Technology 10;
    • Food Preparation and Service 10;
    • Housing and Design 12;
    • Multimedia 12;
    • Production Technology 11 and 12;
    • Skilled Trades 10;
    • Textile Technology 12;
    • Textile Production 10 (half-credits);
    • Transportation Trades 11;

Personal Development and Society:

1 Physical Education: eligible credits include:

  • Physical Education 10;
  • Physical Education 11;
  • Dance 11;
  • Fitness Leadership 11;
  • Physically Active Living 11;
  • Physical Education 12;
  • Physical Education Leadership 12;
  • Yoga 11;

  • 1 Canadian History:
  • African Canadian Studies 11;
  • Canadian History 11/Histoire du Canada;
  • Études Acadiennes 11;
  • Gaelic Studies 11;
  • Mi’kmaq Studies 10;

  • 1 Global Studies:
  • Advanced Global Geography;
  • Global Geography;
  • Advanced Global History or Global History are eligible credits


Within the 18 course requirements for a graduation diploma, in most cases, no student may receive credit for two courses in the same specific subject area at the same grade level.

There are a few exceptions: these include co-op courses, Canadian Literature, Global Geography, Global History, and technology-related courses.