International Academic Alliance (IAA) offers its American High School Honors Program across elite high schools in China. This program consists of rigorous academic English courses, high school language arts, science, social science, test prep, and American college credit coursework. IAA collaborates with Chinese high schools to create curricula meeting international high school standards.

Over the course of a 3-Module study plan, students develop the following:

  • University level academic skills
  • Competitive TOEFL and SAT test scores
  • A strong extracurricular activities portfolio
  • Transferable American university courses to boost their applications and get advanced credit.


IAA Honors Program, SUNY New Paltz, Class of 2008

IAA Honors Program, SUNY New Paltz, Class of 2008

Year 1

Students get up to speed on American college preparatory English and critical thinking skills, American high school academics, and explore their extracurricular and leadership interests.  


Students focus on an intensive TOEFL and SAT preparation towards competitive American university admission. To further develop critical reading and evidence-based thinking skills, students take Critical Reading developments spanning a variety of disciplines including English literature, social/global issues, and topics in the humanities. 


Students become fully immersed in American college credit courses in disciplines which meet American college General Education requirements. They supplement these university courses with academic work in Research Paper writing and applying these writing skills directly to their university course work.

In addition to their work in the classroom, students also participate in a variety of college, service-oriented, and cross-cultural events intended to develop their humanitarian and global citizenship including:

  • Cultural exchange events with American high schools
  • American university admissions visits
  • Community social service activities

Partner University

State University of New York, New Paltz

1828 as the New Paltz Classic Academy, New Paltz is the 99th oldest collegiate institution in the country, SUNY New Paltz is one of the more selective colleges in the State University of New York system. The college has a predominately undergraduate focus, and many of the most popular majors are in pre-professional fields -- business, communications, journalism and education. However, the arts, social sciences and humanities are all strong. The college has a 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio, a figure that is better than many larger public institutions. Founded in 1828, SUNY New Paltz is located in an attractive and historic town along the picturesque Hudson River, midway between Albany and New York City.