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.
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.
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.
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.