Alto International School Joins Round Square

Round Square is an internationally diverse network of 200 like-minded schools in 50 countries on six continents. It offers students the possibility to participate in worldwide student exchanges, international conferences along with service trips and research projects.

Alto is joining an international network of schools that collaborate to offer world-class programs and experiences, developing global competence, character, and confidence in students. Drawn from the theories of Kurt Hahn, Round Square approaches international education opportunities with a focus on internationalism, democracy, environmentalism, adventure, leadership, and service (the IDEALS). Alto’s Head of School Drew Alexander says, “The Round Square IDEALS integrate seamlessly with Alto’s International Baccalaureate (IB) learner profile. Being an IB World School and a member of Round Square is a perfect match for us.”

Alongside The Athenian School in the East Bay as well as Cate School and Chadwick School in Southern California, Alto will be one of only four Round Square schools in California. As a Round Square school, Alto students and faculty will be able to participate in a wide variety of global learning experiences. In the 2019-2020 school year, Alto is planning to attend the Americas Round Square Conference at Athenian School and a youth conference which focuses on the environment in Victoria, Canada. Alto is also offering high school junior and senior students the possibility to participate in a Round Square service trip to Laos.

“At Alto, we believe that the world needs young people eager to take on today’s and tomorrow’s challenges,” explains Jennifer Tyler, Alto’s Director of Admissions, “Round Square supports Alto in connecting students and teachers with other like-minded schools. We want our students to branch out beyond their comfort zones and to connect with peers from around the world.”

By joining Round Square, Alto is in partnership with schools that appreciate the hardwired link between character education and academic success. All member schools believe that in order to equip students for positive, active, and engaged global citizenship, schools must offer them more than academic knowledge and qualifications. Drew Alexander further explains, “Round Square supports our students’ interest in adventure and global learning while also supporting the needs of others through service and environmental stewardship. The team at Alto and I are thrilled about the possibilities this unique worldwide partnership will offer to our students and community.”

To learn more about Alto’s Global Learning Program, click here.

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