Please note that the following information was taken from the web page linked at the bottom of the page.

If I went to public school what credits would I need to earn a Nova Scotia high school graduation diploma?

***Please note, that in Nova Scotia, home educated learners do not earn a provincial graduation certificate***

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.

Students seeking to earn a Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma in June 2009 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 2011 Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma will be those listed below.

These requirements will apply to any student who wishes to earn the 2009 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, or music

Science, Mathematics, and Technology

  • 2 mathematics
  • 2 science: one from biology, chemistry, Science 10, or physics, and one other approved science course
  • 2 others from mathematics, science, and/or technology. Eligible technology courses include:
    • Communications Technology 11 and 12;
    • Computer Programming 12;
    • Construction Technology 10;
    • Data Processing 12;
    • Design 11;
    • Electrotechnologies 11;
    • Energy, Power, and Transportation 11;
    • Film and Video Production 12;
    • Exploring Technology 10;
    • Geomatics 12;
    • Multimedia 12;
    • Production Technology 11 and 12;
    • Skilled Trades 10;
    • Word/Information Processing 12;
    • and Word/Information Technology 12.

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, and Physical Education Leadership 12
  • 1 Canadian History: African Canadian Studies 11; Canadian History 11/Histoire du Canada; Études Acadiennes 11; Gaelic Studies 11; and 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.

Which Curriculum do you Need?


This goes back to the required learning outcomes for you province.


In a 9 – 12 system, New Brunswick requires 20 credits

In a 10 – 12 system, the requirement is 18 credits.


3 English

3 Math

1 Canadian History

1 World Geography

3 Science

3 Math, Science, Technology

1 Fine Arts

1 Physical Education

2 Electives

5 credits must be at the grade 12 level.


Grade 10       1 English 10





Grade 11       1 English 11





Grade 12       1 English 12






Now, fill in the remaining required credits and the rest are open to you and your learner.

Here is an example of what we have done with our eldest’s long term learning plan.

It is important to look ahead and plan so that in grade 12 you don’t realize that you’ve missed credits that you need.


Sample Transcript



Homeschooler Family Homeschool

12 Learners Lane, Dartmouth, NS, B4R 6M3

Transcript for Johnny Homeschooler

Grade 10

Subject Program Credit value Grade %
English World Literature/Grammar/Writing 1
Math Geometry 1
Bible New Testament Survey 1
Math/Science/Technology Chemistry 1
Social Studies Global Geography 1
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze 1


Grade 11

Subject Program Credit value Grade %
English Canadian Literature/Grammar/Writing 1
Math Algebra 2 1
Bible Ministry of Christ 1
Science Physics 1
Social Studies Canadian History 1
Fine Arts Grade 6 piano 1
Physical Education Physical Education 1
Duke of Edinburgh Silver 1


Grade 12

Subject Program Credit value Grade %
English British Literature/Grammar/Writing 1
Math Calculus 1
Bible Christian World view 1
Science Advanced Chemistry 1
Science Advanced Physics 1
Science Advanced Biology 1
Math/Science/Technology Python 1
French Rosetta Stone 1
Duke of Edinburgh Gold 1


 Refer to back of this page for other relevant information.

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