Youth FAQs – School

At what age can I leave high school?

You can leave school when you are 16.

If you are between 6 and 16, you must go to school unless you have already graduated from high school or have been excused because of an illness or other cause. If you do not attend school, attendance officers have the authority to go get you and return you to school. Courts can also order you back to school.

If you are between 6 and 19 and have not graduated from high school, you have the right to go to public school free of charge. However, this right requires students to be diligent in their studies and comply with the rules of the school. If they do not do so, students may be subject to suspension from school as a form of correction or discipline.

School attendance is governed by the Alberta School Act.

Last Reviewed: November 2010

At what age can I go to University?

There is no specific age.

Instead, admission is decided based upon applicants having the secondary education background that meets the requirements for the program to which they are applying. Also, all degree programs have a minimum admission grade-point average that must be met prior to being admitted.

Last Reviewed: November 2010


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