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International boarding education for students aged 14+

High School Diploma

Students will need to satisfy our mimimum core requirements in order to graduate and receive their High School Diploma, as follows:

Entry criteria for INTERNATIONAL students:

Grade of entry* Age TOEFL (or equivalent)** Academic requirement
 9 14+ 40 (IELTS 4.0) Completion of US Grade 8 or equivalent
10 15+ 50 (IELTS 4.5) Completion of US Grade 9 or equivalent
11 16+ 60 (IELTS 5.0) Completion of US Grade 10 or equivalent
12 17+ 70 (IELTS 5.5) Completion of US Grade 11 or equivalent

* CATS Academy reserves the right to re-assess students on arrival and move them up or down a grade if this is in their best academic interests.
**Other internationally recognized English language tests may also be accepted.

High-Performing Student Programs

Scholars Program

Each month students have the opportunity to attend lectures, conferences, workshops, and performances given by highly acclaimed experts in the fields of science, history, politics and the arts.

Advanced Placement courses

Advanced Placement Programs are special forms of honors classes where the curriculum is more challenging and lessons more aggressively paced than standard courses. Most universities take AP results into consideration in the admissions process as they provide additional college credits. AP courses include:

  • Studio Art: 2-D Design
  • Studio Art: Drawing
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • Computer Science A
  • English Language and Composition
  • French Language and Culture
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Music Theory
  • Physics 1: Algebra-Based
  • Physics C: Mechanics
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Statistics
  • United States History

Please note: Our AP offerings year to year are based on availability and subject to change. NO EXTRA CHARGE — Any AP examinations a student wishes to take will be provided at no additional cost.


In addition, our students can choose from the following elective subjects to supplement their core curriculum. They will be selected with guidance from their teachers based on ability and university aspirations.

  • Actor’s Studio
  • Advanced Fashion: Marketing and Technology
  • Advanced Painting and Drawing
  • American Art History
  • American Government
  • Art History
  • Big Data
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Writing
  • Calculus
  • Chorus
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Economics in Literature
  • Economics Macro
  • Economics Micro
  • Environmental Science
  • Financial Management
  • French
  • Game Theory
  • Gender Politics in Literature
  • Genetics
  • Global Music
  • History of Economics, 1785–1900
  • History of Economics, 1900–2015
  • Introduction to Drawing
  • Introduction to Fashion: Reclaimed Materials
  • Introduction to Painting
  • Italian
  • Mandarin
  • Music Business
  • Music Literacy
  • Music Technology and Production
  • Philanthropy in Business
  • Professional Communications
  • Robotics
  • Russia’s Role in the Global Economy
  • Spanish
  • Viral Imagination

Please note: Our elective offerings year to year are based on availability and subject to change.

We also provide intensive academic English courses and ESL programming for students who want or need to improve their English language skills before joining our full academic High School Diploma program.

To accommodate the academic needs and passions of our students, we also offer unique and intensive programs: Academic Enrichment, CATS Extra, Scholars Program, and CATS Institute for Global Business (CIGB).


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