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49 Terrace Street

Sydney, Nova Scotia

B1P 2L4

Phone(902) 562-5464

Fax(902) 564-4472




Guidance Office:


Phone:  (902) 562-7047

Fax: (902) 562-3747


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Challenge for Credit

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Challenge for Credit
The Department of Education and Culture recognizes that students may have already acquired the knowledge, skills and attitudes that an existing course seeks to develop. Challenge for credit provides a process for students to demonstrate that they have achieved learning outcomes as defined in the Public School Programs and the curriculum guide for a directly related course. Policy:
  1. All students currently enrolled in a public school in Nova Scotia may challenge for credit.
  2. Challenge for credit is applicable only to designated Nova Scotia senior high school courses.
  3. Students may challenge for no more than two credits at each grade level for a total of six will count towards a High School Graduation Diploma.
  4. Courses for which students have already received credit are not eligible for challenge for credit. Challenge for credit is not intended as a way to improve a course mark. Similarly, challenge for credit is not intended as a process by which a student can challenge a lower level course in the same subject at the same grade level as another course which the student has not completed successfully.
  5. Successful challenges for credit will be given a mark.
The Process Challenge for credit involves a four step process:
  1. Notice of intent to challenge.
  2. Consultation.
  3. Evidence of prior learning.
  4. Evaluation.
Application forms may be picked up at the Guidance Office. 
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