Path to Graduation
Credits and Determining Eligibility to Graduate
Students who attend Foothills for their high school career (grades 10, 11 and 12), completing all courses offered that comprise a full-time school schedule are guaranteed to achieve enough credits to achieve a high school diploma.
Opportunities to Prepare for Life After High School
In addition to the Self-Determination skills we have embedded into our students’ daily curriculum, in grades 11 & 12 we offer students and their parents/guardians a variety of extracurricular opportunities to prepare for their future. We strongly encourage students and families to take advantage of the opportunities that are offered which include:
- Adventures of Pursuing Post-Secondary Schooling (APPS) at SAIT
- Post-secondary information night for parents
- Grade 12 Transition Portfolio Program - an opportunity for each grade 12 student to meet with a member of the Psychology Team twice to review their psychoeducational assessment and practice self-advocacy
- Why is this important? Data from Statistics Canada in 2012 shows that individuals with learning and attention issues are significantly less likely than those without LD/ADHD to complete post-secondary education. Similarly, in the workforce, individuals with LD/ADHD have higher rates of unemployment and underemployment compared to other young adults. The data also shows that they report mental health issues at more than twice the rate of young people without LD. Young adults with LD/ADHD may feel as though the diagnosis(es) no longer apply to them and/or they may be embarrassed to access support services in post-secondary or the workplace.
Updating Your Child's Psycho-educational Assessment
As they make plans for life after high school, grade 11 or 12 is an opportune time to have your child's psycho-educational assessment updated. In order to access support services for Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD, post-secondary institutions typically require an assessment that is completed within the past 3 years and uses adult measures (therefore, preferably completed after the student turns 16). Whether you choose to complete the assessment in Grade 11 or 12, it is important to keep in mind that it should be completed by the spring of the student’s Grade 12 year so that they have up-to-date documentation to share with their chosen post-secondary institution prior to starting their first semester.
Whether the student attends post-secondary schooling or joins the workforce, it is important for them to have up-to-date information about their cognitive strengths and weaknesses, as well as a clear grasp of what accommodations are most effective for them. This self-knowledge is necessary for the young adult to effectively advocate for themselves and maximize their effectiveness in either the school or work environment.
After our students graduate they may benefit from support as they transition to adulthood. We have created the Moving Forward: Empowering Young Adults with LD and/or ADHD program which is offered through Community Services. Moving Forward is designed to help young adults set individual goals, connect with others in a similar stage of life, and develop new skills for self-advocacy, independence, and mental well-being.