Mother of Divine Grace School offers a standard academic diploma and transcript. As an established, respected, and accredited private school our transcript is accepted by colleges throughout the United States. (To see a list of the colleges that Mother of Divine Grace School's graduates have been accepted at or have attended, please visit our Students & Graduates page.)

Graduation from Mother of Divine Grace School requires completion of 22.5 credits (225 units). Students must also meet our minimum requirements for graduation and (due to the unique methodology and integrated writing used in MODG courses) are required to take at least two MODG courses each year. One of these must be in a core area (History, Religion, or English.) Note: An MODG course is defined as one described by an MODG syllabus, one using the same texts in essentially the same way as an MODG syllabus, or one where a parent-submitted course description demonstrates that MODG school goals for the course are met.

Suggested Course of Study for High School

Mother of Divine Grace School's Suggested Course of Study for the College-Bound Student:

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Faith & Morality Sacraments & Apologetics Bible Study Catholic Doctrine
American Literature Ancient Literature Medieval Literature British Literature
Algebra I Geometry Algebra II Advanced Math
US History & Geog Ancient History & Geog Medieval History & Geog American Gov & Econ
Earth Science Natural History Biology Chemistry
Latin I Latin II Latin III Health (1/2 Credit)
Grammar & Composition Fine Art Physical Ed Physical Ed
7 Credits (70 Units) 7 Credits (70 Units) 7 Credits (70 Units) 6.5 Credits (65 Units)

Total Credits: 27.5 (Total Units: 275)

This is Mother of Divine Grace School's suggested course of study for high school students and meets/or exceeds the requirements for most colleges in the United States. However, even though colleges do follow a general pattern, every college is different and may require slightly different courses to be completed in high school for admission to their program. So, as the student progresses through high school, he should contact the colleges he is interested in attending for a list of their course requirements. Mother of Divine Grace School's consultants will help the parent adapt the curriculum for each student to meet the requirements for the college he is interested in attending. For example, if the college or program a student was interested in attending required Physics for admission, the consultant would adjust the Science curriculum by combining Natural History and Biology (using our Composite Syllabus) in 10th Grade so that the student could complete Chemistry in 11th Grade and Physics in 12th Grade.

Sample College Course Requirements for Admission

The recommendations below from Thomas Aquinas College are an example of a college's course requirements. These recommendations are suggestions for the best high school preparation for their program. In the case of Thomas Aquinas College, they are not requirements, but the student is strongly encouraged to complete these courses. Thomas Aquinas College, like many colleges, evaluates every application for admission on an individual basis.

Based on the suggested course of study by Thomas Aquinas College:

English 4 years 40 units
Algebra 2 years 20 units
Geometry (more math is encouraged) 1 year 10 units
Social Studies 3 years 30 units
Science (1 or 2 years of lab, Natural Science & Astronomy encouraged) 3 years 30 units
Foreign Language (preferably more than 2 years of Latin) 2 years 20 units
Total 15 credits (150 units)

Because Thomas Aquinas College only specifies 15 credits, but 22.5 credits are required for graduation, the balance of credits (7.5) would be used to fulfill California State Requirements in Physical Education, Health, additional Language courses, and of course the Religion courses which are required by Mother of Divine Grace School every year.

Minimum Requirements for Graduation

As a fully accredited private school within the State of California, Mother of Divine Grace School's students must meet the minimum requirements for the State of California in order to graduate and receive a diploma. The Minimum Requirements for High School Graduation are:

English 3 years 30 units
Math (1 year of Algebra 1 & 1 year of Geometry) 2 years 20 units
Social Studies (1 year of US History/Geography, 1 year of World History/Geography,
1/2 year of American Gov & 1/2 year of Economics.)
3 years 30 units
Science (1 Biological Science w/ Lab & 1 Physical Science w/ Lab) 2 years 20 units
Physical Education 2 years 20 units
Fine Arts 1 year 10 units
Health 1/2 year 5 units
Total 13.5 credits (135 units)

Because the Minimum Requirements only specify 13.5 credits, but graduation requires 22.5 credits, the balance of credits (9) can be completed with electives or academic courses in the field of the student's choice. Mother of Divine Grace School is interested in helping students acquire the art of learning. Our consultants will assist each student in determining his own course of study to achieve this goal.

Alternative Course of Study for High School

Mother of Divine Grace School's Course of Study following the Minimum Requirements for Graduation:

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Faith & Morality Sacraments & Apologetics Bible Study Catholic Doctrine
American Literature Ancient Literature Medieval Literature British Literature
Algebra I Geometry Foreign Language Health (1/2 year)
US History & Geog Ancient History & Geog Medieval History & Geog American Gov & Econ
Earth Science Natural History or Biology Physical Ed Physical Ed
Grammar & Composition Fine Art Computer Programming
6 Credits (60 Units) 6 Credits (60 Units) 6 Credits (60 Units) 4.5 Credits (45 Units)

The course of study above is a suggested course of study. It fulfills the minimum requirements for graduation while still meeting our basic high school goals. The student may substitute other electives or academic courses in the field of his choice, provided he meets the minimum requirements for graduation. For example the student might follow the fine arts suggestions offered in Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum, take voice lessons, play an instrument, be involved in drama, participate in a Shakespeare play, or take dance lessons. He might also take additional math, science or language courses. Or the student might take courses, such as Computer Programming or advanced science courses, at a local community college.

To see a complete list of the high school courses which Mother of Divine Grace School offers please see our list of Syllabi, peruse our Learning Support and Teacher Services class offerings. As noted above, a student may also take other courses (not included in our syllabi) toward graduation and have them recorded on their high school transcript, provided the student meets our course requirements regarding the difficulty and duration of the courses. Mother of Divine Grace School's consultant will help the parent in adapting and verifying these courses. Here is a list of other high school courses a student might take (please note: this is not an exhaustive list).

Science

MODG offers science courses in Earth Science, Natural Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics in Learning Support and Teacher Services. Alternate science courses for those unable to complete the usual MODG recommendations include (discuss with family educational consultant):

Foreign Languages

MODG offers Latin, French, Italian and Greek in Learning Support, for more information about our current foreign language classes, click here.

Fine Arts

MODG offers Music (History or Theory), Art (Appreciation or History) and Drama courses in Learning Support. For more information about our current Fine Arts classes click here. Students may earn credits for other fine arts programs as well. Credits depend on length and difficulty of program. (Discuss with family educational consultant.) Generally 120 hours: 1 credit

Physical Education – Students may earn credits for any sport or exercise program, such as aerobics, baseball, basketball, football, ice skating, martial arts, mountain biking, tennis, equestrian training, skiing, surfing, or dance. 120 hours: 1 credit

Travel – Students may receive credit for travel! Some of our students have earned credits for participating in international leadership programs and trips to other countries.

Apprenticeship – Students may become an apprentice in order to learn a trade or find out about an occupation and earn credits for their apprenticeship.

Work Study – Students who are California residents are permitted by California state law to work up to 24 hours (ages 16–17) or 18 hours (ages 14–15) each week. (Families from other states should check their state laws for Work Permit rules and regulations.) 400 documented hours of work: 1 credit (10 units).

Community College – Students may enroll in elective and academic courses at their local community college. Students can earn high school and/or college credit for these courses. Since community colleges provide a transcript, students do not need to purchase and complete an elective portfolio for these classes.