Alto International High School

Grades 9-12

Overview
The high school at Alto focuses on:
  • Meaningful Learning As an accredited International Baccalaureate school, Alto instills in its students the importance of flexibility, open-mindedness, and the intrinsic drive toward meaningful learning. Inquiry-based learning allows students the opportunity to set themselves apart and take ownership in their learning.
  • 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. IB students are critical thinkers, self-disciplined, and are well-prepared for the rigor of college coursework at top universities around the world.
  • Experienced Teachers: Our experienced teachers are recruited from around the world. They are experienced in teaching the IB curriculum, and graduating confident high school 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 or community fundraisers, planning international trips, and coaching younger students in the afterschool sports program.
Courses
 Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11 & 12

Language and Individuals & Society

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

  • Language & Literature English and/or German
  • Language Acquisition
    French
    German
    Spanish
  • 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)
  • Algebra I Revision & Geometry
  • Algebra II & Geometry

  • Integrated Science (Focus: Chemistry-Physics)
  • Algebra II & Geometry
  • Pre-Calculus

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

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

  • 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.

Examples:

  • 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, and enhancing physical fitness
  3. Service: addressing and examining social issues of a community and what it means to be a global citizen

Course offerings subject to change

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 their 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 for self-management, research, communication, critical and creative thinking, and collaboration.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
TOK, taught in grade 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 extracurricular, 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 doing personal research and communicating ideas effectively in order to write an extended essay in an area of personal interest.

Travel
Alto students are encouraged to explore the world from a local and global perspective. Students have the opportunity to plan their own service trip, set goals, and work with peers to plan all aspects of an international trip. They will investigate a new culture 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 grade 9 and 10 the curriculum is based on the IB Middle Years Program (MYP). This is followed by the IB Diploma Program (DP) in grade 11 and 12. Alto International School is an accredited school for the MYP program and is an official candidate for the IB Diploma program.

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

Tracks Offered

German Track English Track