Alto International Elementary School

Grades K-5

The German immersion elementary school focuses on:
  • Inquiry-based: The Primary Years Program (PYP) is based on a commitment to inquiry-based teaching and the development of the whole child; socially, emotionally, and intellectually. A core belief is that children learn more effectively when they are actively involved in the learning process and build upon existing knowledge in real-life contexts – In other words, when learning is relevant and engaging.
  • Multilingual: German is the language of instruction in our K–5 elementary school program.
    We welcome students from all language backgrounds. Over 30% of our students begin with no German language at home. By the end of first grade, all students are bi-literate, reading and writing in both German and English. In grade 5, students add a third language as they begin to take French or Spanish classes.
  • Nurturing environment: Alto’s small class sizes ensure that the teachers and staff can focus on students’ social and emotional development in addition to their intellectual progress. From a place of safety, students are encouraged to inquire, wonder, and investigate—to lay the foundations of interculturally sensitive and inquisitive lives
  • Experienced, Caring Teachers: Alto recruits highly qualified teachers from around the world. Teachers provide opportunities for students to build meaning and refine understanding through structured inquiry. Outside the classroom, Alto teachers are an integral part of our community. They know students from all grades by name, and provide one-on-one instruction and mentorship.
  • Real world connections: Students synthesize and showcase their learning by applying new knowledge to real-world problems and working collaboratively to find solutions. For example in kindergarten, students build and run an airport in response to learning about other cultures and communities. 5th grade students work in groups to prepare an exhibition and presentation about a topic of their choice, showcasing their self-guided learning to the community.

Information for new families

No prior knowledge of German is required for entering kindergarten.

The daily schedule is as follows:

Kindergarten: Monday – Friday: 8:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Except for Wednesday when the day ends at 1:45 p.m.
1st – 5th Grade: Monday – Friday: 8:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. Except for Wednesday when the day ends at 1:45 p.m.
Extracurricular Classes / After-School Care: Monday – Friday until 6:00 p.m.

Tracks Offered

German Track English Track