College Acceleration Programs

International Connections Academy (iNaCA) students can get a head start in their college careers by earning college credits while enrolled in high school. The opportunity to get ahead and save on college tuition costs is available through three unique college acceleration programs.

Earning a High School Diploma and an Associate’s Degree

Our 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 their 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 degree or go on to complete their bachelor’s degree. For additional information please view the APU Recommended Course List.

Get a Jump Start on College with Passport2College

New for the 2015-16 school year is our partnership with DeVry University. Through the Passport2College program, International Connections Academy students can earn college credit at no additional cost while still attending high school. They can choose from a variety of courses including Computer Applications for Business with Lab, Introduction to Business, and Psychology. Students will engage with professors who possess in-depth knowledge and real-world experiences, while earning credit towards their high school diploma.

To be eligible for this innovative program, students must be a junior or senior level student in good standing at International Connections Academy, have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5, and be a U.S. citizen or have permanent residency status.

For more information visit or contact Rick Ferrell, Manager of Counseling Services, at 407-603-1914.

Gaining Credits Toward a Bachelor’s Degree

Our 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 Advisor at 877-804-6222 to learn how students can jump start their college careers.

Our Partners in Higher Education

DeVry University's mission is to foster student learning through high-quality, career-oriented education integrating technology, business, science, and the arts. In New York, DeVry University operates as DeVry College of New York. Founded in 1931, the university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs onsite and online covering 34 different career fields within its five distinguished colleges of study. The university is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Its highly credentialed faculty members work in the fields that they teach, providing real-world experiences that prepare students for in-demand careers.

With locations across the U.S., DeVry University is one of the largest private-sector universities in North America. The university is a part of DeVry Education Group (NYSE: DV), a global provider of educational services.

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.