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A high school diploma is a North American academic school leaving qualification awarded upon high school graduation.

It is an internationally recognized level of education attainment and gives you the ideal start for progression to one of the best universities or colleges in the U.S.

Your high school diploma is typically studied over the course of four years, from Grade 9 to Grade 12. You can join CATS Academy for any one or all of these years, providing you meet the requirements:

Grade 9

Min English – Beginner

Age: 14+

Start: September or January

Grade 10

Min English – Intermediate

Age: 15+

Start: September or January

Grade 11

Min English – Intermediate

Age: 16+

Start: September or January

Grade 12

Min English: Intermediate

Age: 17+

Start: September or January

“The U.S. opens many opportunities for you, and you can take full advantage of them. I learned that the faculty in the U.S. is extremely friendly, and wants to help you fit in.”

Simran Rajani - India - Studying Finance and Accounting at University of California, Irvine

Frequently asked quesitons

Minimum core requirements

Different schools have varying requirements but to gain a high school diploma at CATS Academy the minimum core requirements are:

Flexible individualized study program schedules for you

In each Grade you will study up to 5 core academic classes and 2 electives.

Your core academic classes ensure that you meet the requirements for the award of your High School Diploma and graduation from CATS Academy Boston.

We offer three of classes appropriate to your education level:

  • College Placement - These are the standard level courses and are suitable for most students. You can expect 20-30 minutes homework per night.
  • Honors courses - These are aimed at higher ability students and you can expect to get 20-30 minutes homework per night.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) - These are college level courses aimed at the highest achieving students. On these courses you can expect 60 minutes of homework each night.

How the levels are graded

Each of your courses will be given a GPA (grade point average) and this is the calculated average of the grades you receive from your courses. The U.S. GPA is on a 4-point-scale, with 4.0 being the equivalent of an ‘A’.

At CATS Academy Boston we don’t weight our GPAs based on the level of course you take, as we know that every university and college will look at your application and individually assess it against its own entry criteria. Our College Counselors make sure you have the best possible application and include our School Profile Document to ensure Admissions Advisors can easily assess your level of achievement.


You can choose your electives from a wide range of subjects that will allow you to try new areas or develop a subject you enjoy or want to study at university or college. Your teachers will help you to select electives to ensure you make the right choices and are building a great profile for your university and college applications.

Our current electives include*:
  • Art
  • Actor’s Studio
  • Advanced Drawing & Painting
  • Advanced Fashion: Construction
  • Advanced Fashion: Marketing and Technology
  • Business of Music
  • Chorus
  • Global Music
  • Introduction to Fashion: Reclaimed Materials
  • Introduction to Keyboard
  • Advanced Keyboard
  • Music Technology and Production
  • Music Literacy - Studio Art: Introduction to Painting
  • Studio Art: Introduction to Drawing
  • Business
  • Financial Management
  • Professional Communications
  • English


  • Creative Writing
  • Economics in Literature
  • History/Social Sciences
  • Economics Macro
  • Economics Micro
  • Russia’s Role in the Global Economy
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Game Theory
  • Math Applications and Modelling
  • Robotics
  • Science
  • Big Data
  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental Science
  • Genetics
  • World Languages
  • French
  • Spanish

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

How to enhance your university or college application

  • Advanced Placement Courses:  Advanced Placement (AP) courses are special forms of honors classes where the curriculum is more challenging and lessons more aggressively paced than standard courses. Universities admissions take AP results into consideration, as they provide additional college credits. Any AP examinations a student wishes to take will be provided at no additional cost.
  • Scholars Program: Each month you will 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 to engage in dialogue about current issues and innovations with experts in these areas.
  • CATS Innovation: An integral part of the curriculum is the CATS Innovation program: specialist courses that prepare you to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Electives in the program provide you with hands-on experience in entrepreneurship, social justice, innovation, and environmental responsibility. Through CI, you can explore interdisciplinary areas of interest which give you insights into potential areas of study in college. To graduate you will need to take either the Professional Communications or Financial Management courses. These courses enhance your college readiness by developing your communication, teamwork, leadership, and decision-making skills. Find out more