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Dual Diploma Programs for Shanghai World Foreign Language Academy and Suzhou High School

Brandon Hall Partners with Shanghai World Foreign Language Academy and Suzhou High School affiliated with Xian Jiaotong University to Offer Students a Dual Diploma Program, the First of its Kind in Georgia.

Brandon Hall School is proud to announce that on March 28, 2012 the school entered into an historic, multi-year alliance with Suzhou High School and Shanghai World Foreign Language Academy (WFLA) to offer students the opportunity to achieve a dual diploma in both China and the United States. This revolutionary idea was developed by Dr. Charles Chen, Director of Shanghai Yulun Education Group, working in concert with Dr. John Singleton, former Head of School, and Dr. Merridee Michelsen, former Assistant Head of School and Director of Academics, at Brandon Hall School. Upon completion of the Brandon Hall portion of either program, the students will receive a Brandon Hall diploma, which will enable them to attend any US College or University of their choosing.

Brandon Hall was selected to be the US partner school after an extensive review of several Southeastern boarding schools. “We are very honored to be the US partner school for this groundbreaking program to allow students from these schools to attain their High School diplomas in both China and the United States,” says Singleton, “This alliance is a key component of our Global initiative to prepare students for the 21st Century Global Society.”

Dr. Chen concurs with these comments. “We are very excited about this partnership,” Chen says, “Global cooperation is the way of the future, and we believe that both American and Chinese students will benefit greatly from this cutting edge educational program. Our goal is simple: to educate global citizens who are equipped to handle the challenges of an interconnected and rapidly changing world.”

This program is possible because Brandon Hall and both schools are AdvancEd accredited, meaning that the schools’ process of continuing improvement and accreditation standards are the same. Two important aspects of the program include deep immersion in American culture and job shadowing opportunities at companies in Sandy Springs and Atlanta. All Chinese students selected must attain 85% level of proficiency in the English language to be eligible. Upon successful completion of either program the student will receive a dual diploma, allowing him/her to enter a US college or university.

Read congratulatory letter from Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.

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Dual Diploma Programs College Acceptances

Graduates of Brandon Hall School Dual Diploma Programs are accepted by a wide range of colleges and universities in and outside of the United States. The institutions of higher learning listed below are where members of the Classes of 2015 were accepted.


American University
Arizona State University
Boston University
The University of British Columbia
The University of California, Davis
The University of California, Irvine
The University of California, Santa Cruz
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Los Angeles
The University of Colorado
The University of Connecticut
Drexel University
Fordham University
The George Washington University
Indiana University Bloomington

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
Marquette University
The University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Miami
Miami University
Michigan State University
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
University of Nevada - Las Vegas
University of New Hampshire
University of Oregon
Parsons University
Pennsylvania State University
Pepperdine University
Purdue University

Queens University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
University of Rhode Island
Rutgers University
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Seton Hall University
St. John's University
State University of New York at Stony Brook
State University of New York at Buffalo
Syracuse University
Temple University
University of the Pacific
University of West Ontario