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Knowledge and Employability (K&E)

Program Description

The Knowledge and Employability (K&E) curriculum supports students in Grades 8 through 12 who demonstrate reading, writing, mathematical and/or other levels of achievement two to three grade levels below their age-appropriate grade. Knowledge and Employability courses provide students with opportunities to experience success and become well prepared for employment, further studies, citizenship and lifelong learning. All Division schools offering Grades 8 to 12 (with the exception of Old Scona School) can provide K&E programming.


  • Maximize opportunities for student success
  • Support high school completion


  • Improved academic and occupational skills
  • Improved interpersonal skills 
  • Supported access to continuing education opportunities
  • Help with transitioning from school to the workplace and community 
  • Preparation for employment, post-secondary studies, engaged citizenship and lifelong learning
  • Guidance and resources to help become an engaged thinker and ethical citizen with an entrepreneurial spirit


  • Learning activities and experiences that require reading, writing, mathematical literacy and employability skills for the workplace
  • Practical lessons that apply to the home, community and workplace
  • On- and off-campus experiences and/or community partnerships
  • The option to combine K&E courses with other junior high and high school courses or transition in and out of K&E courses throughout Grades 8 to 12
  • An opportunity to earn a Certificate of High School Achievement by completing 80 credits in a combination of K&E courses and other courses
  • An opportunity to transition from K&E courses to other high school courses to achieve an 


Students cannot participate in K&E programming based solely on having:

  • a diagnosis of special needs
  • behavioural challenges which can be addressed through the elective components of regular courses or through remedial classes
  • excessively disruptive behaviour
  • academic delays resulting from attendance issues or from learning English as a Second Language

K&E courses are designed to provide programming for students who:

  • are at least 12 years six months of age on September 1
  • experience difficulty with abstract learning
  • are presently working two to three grade levels below their age-appropriate grade

Students under the age of 16 are required to have informed written consent from their parents/guardians prior to participating in a K&E course.


All Edmonton Public Schools programming is based on curriculum determined by Alberta Education. Students enrolled in K&E will receive the same high-quality education offered in all of our programs.


Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) is the preferred method of transportation. For more information about busing, contact a school offering K&E.


For more information, talk to your junior high or high school counsellor or principal.


Elementary 2024–25

Junior High 2024–25

Senior High 2024–25