Off-campus Education Options



High School students may earn credits in Work Experience 15, 25, and 35. Typically, 5 credits are earned in each course for a total of 15 credits. 15 credits are the maximum number of WE credits which can be counted toward the diploma credit requirements. Each of the 3 courses has a cap of 10 credits, so although students can possibly earn a total of 30 credits in WE courses, only 15 of those credits will count toward their diploma. It is possible to earn 5 credits in WE 15 and 10 credits in WE 35.

To earn credits for Work Experience, students must find either a paid or a volunteer position. Their adult supervisor at that position must be willing to sign off on the hour sheet and complete evaluations of the student’s performance.

Students need to log a minimum of 75 hours to earn 3 credits in WE. With every additional 25 hours, students earn another credit. 




HCS 3000 is a mandatory Alberta Education prerequisite course for all Alberta high school students wanting to participate in Work Experience, Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) or Health Initiative programs. HCS 3000 is about workplace safety systems and upon completion students will receive one credit.




In Special Projects, each student will complete a unique project after approval from the teacher. Some projects ideas are: various building projects, bake sales, knitting/sewing, organizing fundraising events, starting small businesses, robotics, mission trips, drama projects, video game/website design, film-making, learning a language and so much more. This class is designed to help you use the gifts God has given you.Students will become involved in the selection, planning and organization of their own programs. Students pursue activities in which they have considerable interest or ability but which are not within the scope of the regular curriculum or the programs being offered in the school.

Materials & Resources:

The student is response for purchasing all materials required to complete the project.

Forecasted amount of time required to complete each week's lesson:

Students are required to complete a minimum of 125 hours. For Semestered students this works out to be about 8 hours per school week, for Full Year Students it's about 4 hours per school week. 

Description of student evaluations, quizzes, and tests:

Proposal Form - 5%, Updates- 45%, Hours- 50%

Green Certificate

NorthStar Academy is working to update our description for the Green Certificate.  Following is the description of the course from Alberta Education.


The Green Certificate Program provides trainees with opportunities to enter a variety of agriculture-related, structured learning pathways as a part of their senior high school program and to earn up to 16 Grade 12 diploma credits and a credential that could lead to a career in agriculture or agri-business.


Students learn on the worksite, under the direction of experienced farm personnel and under the supervision and administration of their high school’s Off-Campus Education Coordinator and their Green Certificate Regional Coordinator. The Green Certificate Program oversees all aspects of program delivery.


Areas of specialization

Trainees select one of the specializations and, under the guidance of their trainer, work towards mastering all skills within their training program:

  • Beekeeper production

  • Cow-calf beef production

  • Dairy productionEquine production

  • Feedlot beef production

  • Field crop production

  • Greenhouse production

  • Irrigated field crop production

  • Poultry Production

  • Broiler Chicken

  • Broiler hatching egg

  • Table eggTurkey

  • Sheep production

  • Swine production

School Notice

High School Enrollment/Withdrawal Deadline

- High School non primary registration closes Feb 29, 2024
- High School course withdrawal deadline is Feb 29, 2024.
After that date, there is a $200/course withdrawal fee