Division Three   Grades 7 to 9

For many, this will be their first experience with moving from class to class and taking instruction from subject specialists. Following the middle school philosophy, students are carefully transitioned from elementary school and prepared for high school. Students are grouped in homerooms and will often have one Math/Science teacher and one English/Social Studies teacher in addition to their option teachers.

As a middle school, the lower secondary team work hard to develop a sense of community and learning where adolescents can thrive and find a sense of belonging.

Students will study these core subjects all year:

  • Mathematics
  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Mandarin*

Students will have two option courses per semester:

  • Drama
  • Music
  • Art
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

*Students are grouped by level and not by age so that students at all levels can achieve improved language skills.

We also offer classes for those new to English during and after school to support their content learning in the classroom.

Experience Week

Middle school students will spend a week with their peers exploring another country. Students are able to assert their independence in a supervised environment and push their boundaries to experience everything that South East Asia has to offer.

Division Four   Grades 10 to 12

TIS and the Alberta High School Diploma

TIS is proud to offer the Alberta High School Diploma program for students in Grades 10 to 12. High standards are expected of all graduating students and the curriculum requires students to develop higher order thinking and learning skills.

Our high school program prepares students for success in postsecondary education and life as an adult. The rigorous curriculum offers opportunities to explore subjects in depth in preparation for success at university and college. A strong emphasis is placed on critical thinking and developing the ability to appropriately question established norms while developing and questioning their own positions as well. 

Benefits of the Alberta Curriculum

  • Comprehensive Requirements

Graduation requirements include essential areas of study including English, Social Studies, Science and Mathematics.

  • Student Assessment

Standardized exams in grade 12 certify the level of individual student achievement in selected courses and ensure that Alberta provincial standards of achievement are maintained.

  • Gateway to Top Universities

The Alberta curriculum is internationally recognized and students who graduate with an Alberta High School Diploma receive acceptances to leading universities and colleges around the world. 

  • Diverse Course Options

Students enjoy great choice in the number of both academic and career-related course options in the Alberta curriculum. Students are able to get a taste of different learning experiences in the arts and technology that many other programs do not offer. 

  • Accreditation with High Standards 

An annual accreditation process that ensures the quality of education being delivered is of the highest standards. The process of teacher certification is equally rigorous.

  • Collaborative Learning and Teaching 

Students work together and learn valuable communication and presentation skills. Teachers collaborate on developing lessons, assignments and assessments.

Alberta High School Diploma Graduation Requirements

Alberta has requirements that students must meet in order to earn their high school diploma. In addition, students who are planning on attending university will need to take additional courses in order to meet university and specific post-secondary program entrance requirements for Alberta students (for admission, all TIS students are considered Alberta students). 

The Alberta High School Program has two levels for some core subjects – Dash 1 and Dash 2, with Dash 1 being the more rigorous of the two options. Some universities require Dash 1, while others do not. It is important to enroll in the most challenging program and to achieve the highest possible results at TIS for top universities.

Students must successfully complete certain courses and earn a minimum of 100 credits. Of the 100 credits students need to earn a diploma, approximately 58 credits will be earned through mandatory courses, which are English Language, Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education and Career & Life Management. Students will choose additional core and/or optional courses needed to earn the remaining credits. At TIS, we offer a variety of optional courses including Mandarin, French, Music, Art, Drama, Multimedia, Psychology, and Economics.

Alberta High School Diploma requirements: 

  • English 30-1 or 30-2.
  • Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2.
  • Mathematics 20-1 or 20-2 or 20-3.
  • Science 20 or 24 or Biology 20 or Chemistry 20 or Physics 20*
  • Physical Education 10.
  • Career and Life Management (CALM)


  • Career and Technology Studies (CTS) courses
  • Fine Arts courses
  • Second Languages courses
  • Physical Education 20 and/or 30
  • Knowledge and Employability courses
  • Registered Apprenticeship Program courses
  • Locally developed courses in CTS, fine arts, second languages or Knowledge and Employability occupational courses


These courses may include:

  • 30-level locally developed courses
  • Advanced level (3000 series) in Career and Technology Studies courses
  • 30-level Work Experience courses
  • 30-level Knowledge and Employability courses
  • 30-level Registered Apprenticeship Program courses
  • 30-level Green Certificate Specialization courses
  • Special Projects 30

Find out more about the Alberta Curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 12 here.