Grad Information

  • NIC Advisor available in the Counselling Center
  • Nov 17-19 – Grad Photos in the MPR
  • NIC Advisor available in the Counselling Center
  • Dec 2 – Grad dessert night
  • NIC Advisor available in the Counselling Center
  • Grad photo retakes
  • NIC Advisor available in the Counselling Center
  • NIC Advisor available in the Counselling Center
  • March 10th – Bursary Applications – Due by 3:30
  • NIC Advisor available in the Counselling Center
  • Valedictorian Nominations – Due by 3:30
  • Grad Song Nominations – Due by 3:30
  • Vote for Valedictorians and Grad Song
  • NIC Advisor available in the Counselling Center
  • May 28th – Grad Ceremony at the Filberg
  • NIC Advisor available in the Counselling Center
  • June 7th – Bursary/Awards Afternoon
  • Grad packages available in the office

In order to meet graduation requirements and be awarded a British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma), students must earn a minimum of 80 credits and write provincial Graduation Numeracy and Literacy Assessments. The 80 credits include 52 credits for required courses (including 8 credits of Career Education courses) and a minimum of 28 elective credits.

Required Courses

Credits must be earned in the following subject areas or courses:

  • A Language Arts 10 – (4 credits)
  • A Language Arts 11 – (4 credits)
  • A Language Arts 12 – (4 credits)
  • A Social Studies 10 – (4 credits)
  • A Social Studies 11 or 12 – (4 credits)
  • A Mathematics 10 – (4 credits)
  • A Mathematics 11 or 12 – (4 credits)
  • A Science 10 – (4 credits)
  • A Science 11 or 12 – (4 credits)
  • Physical and Health Education 10 – (4 credits)
  • An Arts Education and/or an Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies 10, 11, or 12 – (4 credits)
  • Career Life Education – (4 credits)
  • Career Life Connections – (4 credits)

A list of all courses that may be used to satisfy these requirements is found in the online Course Registry. Information about options for satisfying the requirements for Fine Arts and/or Applied Skills (4 credits) is found in the Fine Arts and Applied Skills Requirements in the Graduation Program Policy and in the Handbook of Procedures for the Graduation Program.


Students must complete a minimum of 28 elective credits. These 28 credits may be from Ministry-authorized or Board/Authority Authorized (BAA) courses, post-secondary courses or external credentials, but not Locally Developed courses. Once the credits for required courses have been met, additional courses in that subject area count as elective credits.

Provincial Graduation Assessments

Students must write a provincial Graduation Numeracy Assessment (GNA) and a provincial Graduation Literacy Assessment (GLA) in order to graduate. The first administration of the Graduation Literacy Assessment will be in 2019/20.

Capstone Project

A Capstone Project is a culminating presentation that will allow students the opportunity to showcase and demonstrate their journey of discovery during their time at Highland. Students will be expected to reflect on their school and community experiences that have helped shape who they are. They will also be expected to demonstrate growth in the core competencies (Communication, Creative and Critical Thinking, Personal and Cultural Identity, Personal Awareness and Social Responsibility).

Lastly, they will need to speak to the research they have completed to demonstrate their preparation for life after graduation.
For students, your course information can be accessed through Canvas at

For more information, see the Power Point or Word Document here:

Graduation Planner

If you live in British Columbia or are planning to study in British Columbia, Education Planner BC can help you compare post-secondary options. ​

Graduating students are able to create an account and login to the site below to access Provincial Exam results, transcripts and or Post Secondary Institution (PSI) selections. Students will need their PEN (Provincial Education Number) which they can find on their Report Card or contact the office.

Click here​ for instructions on how to order your transcript from the Ministry of Education.  Scroll down the page until you see ‘Register for a Basic BCeID’.  Once registered then you may login to the Student Transcripts Services (STS) with your BCeID.  You may then direct the ministry to send your transcript to the post-secondary institution of your choice.

The Highland office can also help you with your transcript requests.  Please contact Lucianne (Senior Admin Assistant) for more information.

Order transcripts/Access Provincial Exam results/PSI selections

The Highland Bursary booklet is published in January and the deadline for submissions is March.

In March of every year, North Island College offers hundreds of bursaries to students. If you are planning on attending, you can access these awards at this link.

Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarships
Deadline: October 25th 2021

Apply HERE

Loran Scholars Foundations Scholarship


Deadline: October 12th 2021

Apply HERE

How to WIN the Loran Scholarship: Tips from a 2017 Loran Scholar – link to blog post

2020/21 BC Provincial Scholarships program

Applications for these scholarships close on February 15th, 2021

Coast Capital Savings – Standing Tall Award

Coast Capital is again offering a Standing Tall Award to a student from our district that has faced adversity and has not only risen up against the odds, but has demonstrated a commitment to continue their education. This award is open to students who have faced challenges like poverty, health, family issues, personal loss and lack of support. Last year, 61 students from 23 school districts across Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, mid- and southern Vancouver Island and the Central Okanagan who have overcome adversity and personal challenges received a total of $155,000 to help start their post-secondary education.

  • March 1 – Application forms available on the Coast Capital website. All Youth Education Awards information and timeline will be updated on the Coast Capital website by March 1.
  • April 9 – Deadline for students to submit applications to their school counsellor.
  • April 23 – School to have selected an application from their school to be forwarded to the SBO for final selection by the Assistant Superintendent of Schools. Please include a tally of applications received by your school.
  • May 7 – Deadline for the School District to inform Coast Capital Savings of their Education Award winner and a backup (in case the student declines or does not meet the eligibility requirements).

Schulich Leader Scholarships are the largest and most prestigious undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) scholarships in Canada, with a value of up to $100,000 each. Fifty students receive this celebrated award each year – a top student can win from your school! Last year, 70% of winning recipients came from schools that had never produced a Schulich Leader before.

  • Every high school in Canada may nominate one student per academic year
  • Nomination deadline is January 27, 2021

See Mr. Swanson in the Counselling Centre for more information.

The Loran Scholars Foundation is beginning its search for the 31st class of Loran Scholars, and we need your help to identify students who demonstrate strength of character, dedication to serving others in the community, and the promise of leadership potential.

The individuals we seek possess integrity, courage, compassion, intellectual curiosity, as well as a high level of personal autonomy and self-motivation.

Valued at up to $100,000, the Loran Award includes study at one of our 25 partner universities, summer internships, mentorship, and participation in a community of supporters and alumni working towards a better country and world.

Important Dates:

The deadline for school sponsored applications is October 15th, 2020 at 8:00pm (Eastern Time).

  • Each high school may sponsor up to three students.
  • Additional students may submit direct pool applications (without sponsorship) by October 22nd, 2020 at 8:00pm (Eastern Time).

Please see Mr. Swanson in the Counselling Centre for more information.

RE/MAX 2021 Quest for Excellence®

The Quest for Excellence program is a bursary program for grade 12 students in Western Canada. It was established by RE/MAX of Western Canada to recognize the success and ongoing pursuits of Western Canadian students in regard to leadership and community contribution initiatives.

What is Awarded?

RE/MAX of Western Canada will award 16 bursaries of $1,000 each to qualifying Grade 12 students. In addition, each award includes a Certificate of Excellence signed by the Regional Executive Vice President of RE/MAX of Western Canada. Winners will be notified in April 2021.

Who Can Participate?

The Quest for Excellence is open to all Grade 12 students attending high school from September 2019 – June 2020. Grade 12 students may not have participated in graduation commencement ceremonies in the past. Applicants must be a resident of one of the following provinces/territories.

What is Required?

Students are to convey the contributions they have made to their communities in a short online essay, maximum 1,250 words. Key qualities students should demonstrate are leadership, motivation and communication skills. Other attributes may include volunteering, participation in charitable events or fundraising, and contributions that enrich the lives of others and their communities.

2021 Quest for Excellence Application

Cmolik Scholarship – up to $40,000 per recipient

Who should apply?

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a resident of BC
  • Have lived in Canada for a minimum of 7 years
  • Plan to graduate from a BC secondary school
  • Plan to attend and study full time at a post secondary university, college or trade school
  • Be ineligible for the BC Tuition Waiver Program (for former youth in care)
  • Have experienced adversity or hardship
  • Have exhibited a good work ethic
  • Have demonstrated financial need
  • Evidence of leadership involvement

Apply here.

Beedie Luminaries is a social-profit enterprise designed to help remove barriers to education and provide wrap-around support for promising students who are facing financial adversity. Students who are smart, but constrained by circumstance. Students who are ready to rise above their circumstances and achieve their dreams.

Our scholarship provides access to BC public universities, colleges and trade schools and enables promising Grade 12 BC students to achieve their dreams.

  • 105 scholarships offered in 2021
  • $40,000 per student / 4-year undergraduate degree
  • $15,000 per student / 2-year college or trade-school diploma
  • “Stay on Track” student support
  • BL Peer Support Groups
  • Access to mentors
  • Summer paid internship opportunities

Apply here.

​Scholarships Canada

Scholarships Canada is a free website with an extensive database (80,000+ scholarships!) that lists numerous scholarship opportunities in detail. When you register you will provide information ranging from your year of study to your hobbies, which will be used as keywords to run through their system.

At the end of the process, you will have an inbox of awards that are appropriate for you based on the information you supplied. In addition, they have a number of sister websites that provide a comprehensive system for guiding students through the post-secondary experience: School Finder, Study in Canada and Grad School Finder. Scholarships Canada also offers online webinars on a number of different topics and newsletters.


Formerly known as Student Awards, this was rebranded as yconic in December 2014. This is also a free website where you complete a registration process and an inbox of scholarships is created for you. yconic also has an online community, where you can interact with other students.

In the event that you are wondering whether recipients have been contacted regarding a certain scholarship or if you are interested in hearing other students’ experience with a particular program, you can post a thread on the forum to ask other students or browse through first as the question may have already been asked and answered.

Student Financial Assistance Website​ ​

This Student Financial Assistance website is run by the Government of Canada. This resource provides information on Canadian post-secondary education.

Education Planner​ BC

If you live in British Columbia or are planning to study in British Columbia, Education Planner BC can help you compare post-secondary options. ​

Student Budget Calculators

There are a number of online calculators that can help you build a budget for post-secondary expenses. Below are links to several options:

Loriana Milanovich Memorial Award

Loriana Milanovich was an up and coming artist at Highland who never had the opportunity to realize her full potential. The recipient of this award is Grade 12 Art Careers student who goes above and beyond to show outstanding effort, enthusiasm and leadership in the art department. In addition, this student consistently displays a positive attitude and continued interest in developing their skills in the visual arts. This student embraces creative risk and has a natural passion for both the quirky and the aesthetic.

Renaissance Award

The Renaissance Award recognizes a student’s broad and interdisciplinary learning in Mathematics, Science, Humanities and the Arts. The recipient has a deep and keen interest in exploring ideas and acquiring knowledge in many fields of study.

Osler Shield Award

The premier award given to a graduating Comox student since 1938. This honour is presented to a Highland student based on their contributions to the school during their final year at Highland. The award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated all-around excellence in Academics, Service and either Athletics or Fine Arts. The service, athletics and fine arts components that are evaluated for this award must be activities associated with the school.

The Tinney Award

(Highland’s Quiet Hero Award)

This award is given to the Highland graduate who has inspired others to be a better person through their hard work and selflessness. Kindness and respect are a way of life to this individual. This recipient does not hesitate to do overlooked jobs that need to be done to build and shape our school community. This person gives generously of themselves with no expectation of reward or recognition. These are the people that change the world through love and acceptance.

The Norm Hill Raider Award

This award is given to the athlete that best exhibits grit and determination, or “blood and guts” in their sport. This student has a high level of commitment and skill, but more importantly, stands out from others in terms of his or her intensity and hard work in both practice and game situations. The recipient maximizes their contribution to the team through sheer effort. This person should be amongst the top athletes evaluated on their team. Consideration is given to senior athletes, but participants at every level may be considered for this award.

Rona Larsen Performing Arts Award

This award is given to a Grade 12 student who has demonstrated excellence in both Drama and Music. The recipient’s dedication and true passion for bringing the joy of performing to the audience is evident in their unwavering commitment to both art forms.

Clyde Woolman Award

This award is given to a student who has displayed excellence in both Athletics and the Fine Arts at Highland in their Grade 12 year at Highland. As a student athlete, the recipient will have demonstrated a high degree of leadership, sportsmanship, and athletic prowess. As a Fine Arts student, the recipient will have displayed a passion and commitment to the Fine Arts which is reflected in the skill level that they bring to the discipline. Selected by the major award selection committee, after the Osler Shield meeting.

Hugh MacKinnon Citizenship Award

This senior award recognizes an outstanding contribution to the well being of our school and larger community. The recipient displays integrity, respect, compassion, leadership, selflessness, and an admirable commitment to public service and voluntary endeavour.

The Larry Peterson Trophy for Leadership in Basketball

(On/Off court and in Class)

This award is presented to a student athlete who demonstrates dedication and good sportsmanship in basketball. The recipient will also exemplify citizenship in the school and community. A strong effort and positive attitude in the classroom is also a requirement. This award will be determined by consultation between the Senior Coaches and the Athletics Director, with other staff member input if/as required.

The Eagle Award for Athletic Leadership

This award is given to the senior student who best represents Highland Secondary on the field/court and off. They consistently display exemplary sportsmanship and respect and model this behavior for their teammates. The recipient of this award provides exceptional leadership for their team in addition to being one of the top performers in their sport(s). This award is chosen through coach’s nomination. In the case of multiple nominations, a meeting of the coaches will be required.