College Acceleration Programs

Earning college credits while enrolled in high school, eligible International Connections Academy (iNaCA) students can get a head start in their college careers and save on college tuition costs through two unique college acceleration programs.

Earning a High School Diploma and an Associate’s Degree

The Dual Diploma Program allows students to earn a diploma and an associate’s degree in just four years. Through this program and our partnership with American Public University, students successfully completing the junior year at International Connections academy are granted a year of college credit at APU at no costs beyond their iNaCA tuition and fees.

In their senior year, students are admitted directly to APU to complete both their high school graduation requirements and their sophomore year of college. (NOTE:  Seniors enrolled in this program pay tuition directly to APU. For more information on APU tuition and fees, please visit

Upon successful completion of the senior year, students graduate with a diploma from iNaCA and an associate degree from APU. Students can enter the workplace with the advantage of an associate’s degree or go on to complete their bachelor’s degrees.

Gaining Credits Toward a Bachelor’s Degree

The Dual Credit Program enables qualified International Connections Academy seniors to earn up to seven, first-year college credits from the University of Maryland University College each term. These credits also apply towards completion of the high school diploma.

This innovative program permits students age 16 years or older and with an unweighted 3.5 or higher GPA in high school academic subjects to take UMUC courses at Maryland in-state costs  regardless of their residence. Choosing from over 65 online courses in core subjects and electives, students can accelerate their progress towards a bachelor’s degree while still in high school.

Contact an Admissions and Support Representative at 888-440-2899 to learn how students can jumpstart their college careers.

Our Partners in Higher Education

American Public University is part of the American Public University System (APUS), which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). A nationally recognized leader in online education, APU offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Arts & Humanities, Business Education, Public Service & Health, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), and Security and Global Studies.

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. A leader in online higher education, UMUC has over 150 locations worldwide and offers a broad range of online undergraduate and graduate degree programs.