frequently asked questions


Do you offer a Kindergarten Program?

Yes, announcing our new Kindergarten program. Students must be 5 by Dec. 31 of the year they are enrolling for.

Kindergarten program


Can I withdraw after I start my class(es)?

Yes, every semester there is a deadline to withdraw without penalty.  After that, there is a $250 withdrawal fee that will be charged for every class you drop. You must also fill out the GLHA Withdrawal Form

Did you receive my online registration?

When you submit your registration you will receive an automated email stating that your registration submission was successful.  Please do not call the office during this time to check on your registration status.  You will receive a welcome email with your login credentials once your registration is fully processed.

Do I need to re-register for second semester?

No - If you are a current student of GHLA you simply need to:

  • fill out an Additional Course Request Form in SchoolEngage or
  • email us at to add your second-semester course(s). 

Your courses will show in Moodle once our staff has processed your course request.

When do classes start?

We follow the Golden Hills School Division Calendar  Even though you can log in anytime to access your courses, our staff is only available during our division school days.  Please keep this in mind when you are calling or requesting a meeting with your teachers.

Can I attend classes at GHLA while going to High School full-time elsewhere?

Students living in Alberta or International students connected to an Alberta school can take up to 10 credits with us through the school year in addition to being a full-time high school student elsewhere.  Be sure you have the time to commit to additional class work. A 5 credit class usually requires a minimum of 10 hrs a week.

Are online classes easier than in school classes?

No.  Whether you are online or in school your classes will cover the Alberta Curriculum.  Some students find it easier to do online classes as they can learn at their own pace and at a time that works for them.  We also sometimes offer classes that your own school does not offer, or can only offer at certain times. Our complete class list is updated often.

Can I receive an Alberta High School Diploma if I am a fulltime student at GHLA?

Yes!  We are a fully Accredited Alberta High School.  We offer all the courses required to receive a High School diploma.  We also have a small graduation ceremony in Strathmore for GHLA graduates in June.

What is the difference between Traditional (Parent-led) Home Education, Teacher-led Home Education, and Blended Home Education?

Traditional Home Education is a home-learning program designed for parents who have the desire to plan, teach, and support their children's learning. Parents have the flexibility and ownership to develop and select learning opportunities that best meet their children's individual needs and are in charge of all aspects of their child's learning. A certified teacher facilitates and supports your learning program throughout the year. Within the Traditional Home Education program, there are two formal evaluations that allow families to showcase their plans and learning progress. 

Teacher-led Home Education is an engaging a-synchronous online program that follows the Alberta Program of Studies. Teachers plan, assess, and provide continuous feedback throughout the year as they support your child through their year of learning. The Teacher-Led Home Education program includes individualized learning options and supports diverse learners in math, language arts, social, and science subjects. 

Blended Home Education is a shared responsibility learning option incorporating a combination of Traditional and Teacher-Led programs. Parents pick two subjects they want their child to learn online through the teacher-led program and then take on the teaching responsibilities for the other two subjects. 

For more information visit our Home Education Page

I have already graduated can I upgrade?

Yes, if you are 19 years old or younger you can take whatever classes you need, free of charge.  If you are 20 or older you will have to pay to take a class with us.  Please email us at or call us at 403-934-5179 to discuss your options.

We also offer credit recovery if you wish to improve your mark in a class you have already taken.

Will I have to come to Strathmore to write my exams?

Yes and no.

For non-diploma exams, you can write them online through Google Meet. 

For diploma exams, you will have to write in Strathmore or another writing center of your choice.  We do open a writing center in Calgary if we have enough students to warrant doing so.  If you are from somewhere else in the province you will have to check with the local school or writing center to see if they will allow you to write your diploma exam there.  Diploma exams are not optional and must be written in order to receive a mark.

For grade 6 and 9 students writing Provincial Achievement Tests, we can try our best to find a school close to your home that has room to accommodate you. 

I don't live in Alberta can I still take classes from your school?

We only offer classes to students currently living in Alberta.  If you are from out of the country you may be interested in Golden Hills International. They offer a variety of programs to fit your needs. Including homestay and dormitory options.

What is Credit Recovery?

If you have already taken a course and wish to improve your mark, you can retake the course with us.  Instead of redoing the whole course you can do parts of it that you didn't do well on last time (your teacher will decide what you redo).  You must redo at least 50% of the course, but may need to do more depending on your goals.

School Notice

Course Withdrawal Fee

For course registrations received before March 1st, there will be a one-week grace period from the time the Welcome email has been sent before a $225 withdrawal fee will be charged.
As of March 1st there will be a $225 charge to withdraw from any high school course.