Registration Steps and Procedures

2018-2019 School Year - New Students

New Student Online Registration process:

Please click the following link and fill out and submit the required information.

Once reviewed, parents will be contacted.

Returning Students

Step 1: Contact us to schedule an intake/registration appointment with our Next Step Administrator, Counselor or Teacher by phoning us at (780) 992-0101. You can also drop in at our Fort Saskatchewan location at 9807 108 Street, Fort Saskatchewan, AB.

  • Please note: Wait times can be avoided by scheduling an appointment.

Step 2: Meet with the Next Step Administrator, Counselor, or Teacher at your scheduled time. During this interview you will:

  • have the opportunity to ask questions
  • access help in making programming decision and
  • set up an individual Program Plan for the year

Step 3: Pay registration fees and have your student ID photo taken

Step 4: Meet with your first course teacher. During this appointment, you will receive course work/resources and a personal course completion schedule. Student supports and attendance requirements will be reviewed, course procedures will be clarified, and any questions you may still have will be answered.

What You Need To Register

Please bring the following with you when you come to register. It will speed the process along and ensure you can begin your courses as soon as possible.

  • a birth certificate or other legal document to verify your birth date
  • completed Elk Island School District Student Registration form (see Steps to Register) or Correction form obtained from the school.  A parent signature is required if you are under the age of 18.

Instructional Fees

Next Step does not charge course fees.

Textbook Caution Fee 

Book Deposit: $125.00

  • Please note: the textbook caution fee will be returned to students who hand in their textbooks at the end of the semester.

Shared Student Registrations

High school students registered at another Elk Island Public School may not be able to take all the courses they want, due to schedule conflicts or if the courses are not available at the school they are registered at. We offer these students the ability to take the courses they otherwise would not be able to receive at their home school, while remaining enrolled at their regular school. This is known as Shared Student Registration.

Shared Student registrations require the knowledge and cooperation of the school the student is registered at. In order to register at Next Step as a Shared student, students need to: 

  1. Talk to your Counselor or an Administrator at your primary school to determine if the desired courses will fit with your educational program. Once this meeting taken place the counselor or administrator will forward a referral form to Next Step and registration can proceed.
  2. Register in person at Next Step by phoning to arrange an intake appointment.


Our Refund Policy can be found here.




Graduation Requirements

Alberta High School Diploma Requirements

The requirements indicated in this chart are the minimum requirements for a student to attain an Alberta High School Diploma. The requirements for entry into post-secondary institutions and workplaces may require additional and specific courses.

100 Credits Including the following:

  • English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2
  • Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2
  • Mathematics - 20 Level
    - For students entering grade 10 prior to September, 2010:
    Pure Mathematics 20, Applied Mathematics 20 or Mathematics 24
    - For students entering grade 10 in September 2010 or later:
    Mathematics 20-1, 20-2, 20-3
  • Science - 20 Level
    - Any one of Science 20, 24, Biology 20, Chemistry 20 or Physics 20
  • Physical Education 10
  • Career and Life Management
  • 10 credits in any combination from:
    - Career and Technology Studies (CTS)
    - Fine Arts
    - Second Languages
    - Physical Education 20 and/or 30
    - Knowledge and Employability
    - Registered Apprenticeship Program
    - Locally developed acquired and locally authorized courses in CTS, fine arts, second languages or Knowledge and Employability courses
  • 10 credits in any additional 30 level course
    - 35 level locally developed/acquired and locally authorized courses
    - 3000 Series; Advanced level in Career and Technology Studies courses
    - 35 level Work Experience
    - 35 level Knowledge and Employability Course
    - 30 level Green Certificate Specialization


Certificate of High School Achievement Requirements

The requirements indicated in this chart are the minimum requirements of a student to attain a Certificate of High School Achievement. The requirements for entry into post-secondary institutions and workplaces may require additional and/or specific courses.

80 Credits including the following:

  • English Language Arts 20-2, 30-4
  • Social Studies 10-2, 20-4
  • Mathematics 14, 20-4
  • Science 14, 20-4
  • Physical Education 10
  • Career and Life Management
  • 5 credits in a 30 level Knowledge & Employability occupation course
    OR a 30 level Career and Technology Studies (CTS) course
    AND 5 credits in 30 level Knowledge & Employability Workplace Practicum course
    OR a 30 level Work Experience course
    OR a 30 level Green Certificate course
    OR 5 credits in 35-level Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) course