Alto International High School

Grades 9-12

The high school at Alto focuses on
  • Meaningful Learning: As an accredited International Baccalaureate school, Alto instills in its students a flexible and open-minded approach to the intrinsic drive toward meaningful learning. Inquiry-based learning allows students the opportunity to set themselves apart and take ownership of their education.
  • Critical Inquiry: Questioning and finding answers is an important part of every class as it aids students in effectively generating knowledge. Students engage in interesting research, determine their own direction of learning, and apply knowledge to real world problems.
  • Rigor: The academic program at Alto allows students to find their passion, engage in a variety of subjects, and build the necessary tools to succeed in university and life beyond. IB students are self-disciplined, critical thinkers, who are well-prepared for the rigor of college coursework at top universities around the world.
  • Experienced Teachers: Alto recruits well-credentialed teachers from around the world. They are experienced in teaching the IB curriculum as well as producing high school students who are well equipped to grapple with the complexities of the 21st century world.
  • Global Community: Alto has a diverse and multilingual school community with students coming from all over the world. We encourage students to practice building communities that embrace  diversity. Students engage in community-building projects that include organizing school events and community fundraisers, planning international trips, and coaching younger students in the afterschool sports program.
 Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11 & 12

Language and Individuals & Society

  • Language & Literature English and/or German
  • Language Acquisition
  • American History & Government

  • Language & Literature English and/or German
  • Language Acquisition
  • World History & Geography

  • G1 – Language & Literature
    English (SL, HL)
    German (SL, HL)
  • G2 – Language Acquisition
    Spanish (SL, HL)
    French (SL, HL)
    German (SL, HL)
  • G3 – Individuals & Society History (SL, HL)

Sciences & Mathematics

  • Integrated Science (Focus: Biology)
  • Integrated Mathematics (Focus: Algebra II & Geometry)

  • Integrated Science (Focus: Chemistry-Physics)
  • Integrated Mathematics (Focus: Pre-Calculus)

  • G4 – Sciences
    Biology (SL, HL)
    Chemistry (SL, HL)
    Physics (SL, HL)
    Design (SL, HL)
  • G5 – Mathematics
    Mathematics (SL, HL)

Creative Ingenuity & Creative Pursuit

  • Design
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts

  • Design
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts

  • G6 – The Arts
    Visual Arts (SL, HL)

Social-Health Applications & Metacognition

  • Sports, Exercise & Health
  • College Counseling

  • Sports, Exercise & Health
  • College Counseling
  • Personal Project

  • Sports, Exercise & Health
  • TOK – Theory of Knowledge
  • College Counseling
  • EE – Extended Essay

Creativity, Activity, Service

  • Community & Service

  • Community & Service

  • CAS*

Trips & Excursions

Trips and excursions to enhance learning and leadership skills.


  • Workshop week at the Tech Shop
  • Service trip to Nicaragua or other destinations

*CAS: Creativity, Activity, Service

  1. Creativity: developing talents & skills; immersing in the sights, music, food, history, arts & language of a different culture
  2. Activity: taking part in local or international projects; enhancing physical fitness
  3. Service: addressing and examining social issues of a community and what it means to be a global citizen

Course offerings are subject to change. In addition to the subjects listed above, students have the option to enroll in online courses through a certified IB Diploma provider. Online courses need to be approved by the Alto IB Diploma Coordinator.

IB Diploma Program students must choose one subject from each of five groups (G1 to G5). Students may choose either an arts subject from group 6 or a second subject from G1 to G4. At least three and not more than four subjects are taken at Higher Level (HL), while the other subjects are taken at Standard Level (SL).

Typical IB
High school students at Alto engage in projects that go beyond traditional core curricula. They are provided with the unique opportunity to grow their self-awareness and understanding of the world around them.

Personal Project:
The personal project in Grade 10 is a student-centred practical exploration in which students consolidate their learning. This long-term project is designed as an independent learning experience that puts emphasis on skills of self-management, research, communication, critical and creative thinking, and collaboration.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
TOK, taught in Grades 11 and 12, is an interdisciplinary course designed to help students question and understand how they know what they know. Students study how individuals from various disciplines view the world and analyze knowledge across disciplines in order to develop their own ways of thinking.

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)
CAS is an experiential learning component of the Diploma Program. Students complete a wide variety of extracurriculars, community service, and active options to meet and reflect on personal learning goals.

Extended Essay
This research project begins in Grade 11 and introduces students to the demands and rewards of independent work. Emphasis is placed on personal research and effective communication in order to write an extended essay in an area of personal interest.

Alto students are encouraged to explore the world from a local and global perspective. Students have the opportunity to work with peers to set goals and plan all aspects of their own international service trip. They will investigate new cultures and organize a community project in a developing country.

Information for new families

The IB program is internationally recognized as representing one of the highest standards in university preparatory education. Many colleges and universities in North America and around the world have specific recognition policies for IB diploma graduates for admissions, advanced standing, college credit, and scholarships.

In Grades 9 and 10 the curriculum is based on the IB Middle Years Program (MYP). This is followed by the IB Diploma Program (DP) in Grades 11 and 12.

The high school uses a 60 min lesson schedule that provides an environment for inquiry-based learning, allowing students and teachers to work on projects and research in groups as well as individually.

Tracks Offered

German Track English Track