Credits, Subjects and Requirements to earn the Dual Diploma

In order to get a High School Diploma in the US each student needs to complete at least 24 credits. But to get a US High school Diploma our students don’t need to do double the work! Out of 24 credits needed, 18 are transferred into the student’s US career from the courses he studies at his home school.

The Dual Diploma students will therefore earn the Dual Diploma by completing six credits.  The six credits, along with the classes that students take at their home school, satisfy the graduation requirements for high school. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA (Grade Point Average). The six core courses that students will study directly with Mater Academy High School are: United States History, two English courses, and United States Government/Economics.  In addition, students will choose two electives for a total of six credits.

Here is the table showing the credit requirements in the different subject areas and the six credits that the students will take directly with Mater Academy.

Subject Area Course Requirements for High School Diploma

24 Credits

Courses to be completed with the DD Program

6 Credits

Native Language &



4 credits, with major concentration in composition, reading for information, and literature
English 4 credits



2 credits
Mathematics 4 credits, one of which must be Algebra 1 or equivalent and one of which must be

Geometry or its equivalent

Science 3 credits, two of which must have a laboratory component and one of which must be Biology 1 or equivalent course or series of courses
Social Studies 1 credit of World History

1 credit of US History

0.5 US Government

0.5 credit Economics

1 credit di US History

0.5 American Government

0.5 Economics


Fine Arts or Performing Arts 1 credit of fine or performing arts, speech and debate, or practical arts
Physical Education/Health 1 credit in physical education to include integration of health
Electives 4 credits



2 credits
Grade Point Average Cumulative GPA of 2.0 on 4.0 scale