Chinese high school students to visit San Diego; High Bluff Academy hosts Cross Cultural Program Aug. 6-16

Surfing at local beaches, Hip Hop lessons, cooling off with an ice-cream, lemon picking, checking out the UCSD college campus and California burritos will be on the program for the 37 Chinese 10th graders from Jinhua, China when they meet their American peers in San Diego this summer from Aug. 6 -16.

The trip is part of High Buff Academy’s Dual Diploma Program which was established at Ai Qing High School in Jinhua, China in 2012. Based on students’ English language skills and future American college orientation, 37 pupils were selected to attend the program. This year, the curriculum includes American geography, culture, and English literature.

Program participating students were offered a trip abroad to promote and engage in an international cross cultural learning experience. High Bluff Academy’s Principal, Jill Duoto, is the San Diego site coordinator for the program. “One of my most memorable moments on my recent visit to Ai Qing High School in China was the day I was able to invite our students to America. This is my first time doing anything like this,” she said. “While it is a tremendous amount of work, it is extremely fulfilling and rewarding.”

The program’s goal is to meet American students, form friendships, increase English language fluency, and promote cultural understanding. Students will stay with San Diego host families. American and Chinese teachers will accompany the group from China.

Part of this program is a unique job opportunity for American students. At this time High Bluff Academy is offering internships for its Cross Cultural Leadership Program to San Diego’s high school students. Candidates will be able to develop their leadership skills as well as learn about program operations including event planning and facilitation in and outside the classroom. Participants are asked to host one or two foreign students for the ten-day stay.

HBA’s Summer Internship will kick off this spring semester with several instructional planning meetings and will end with the farewell event on Aug. 16.

All costs will be covered. Interested students may also be eligible for reduced tuition for HBA summer school classes and SAT/ACT prep courses.

High Bluff Academy is a fully accredited high school in Carmel Valley with a strong college preparatory emphasis. HBA’s academic program is offered for 9th – 12th graders. The school also offers tutoring and SAT/ACT Prep programs.

To learn more about this internship program, contact Principal Jill Duoto at or call (858) 509-9101.