International and Innovative: Alto and ISTP Partner for International High School in Silicon Valley

The Boards of Trustees for the Alto International School (Alto) of Menlo Park, CA and the International School of the Peninsula (ISTP) of Palo Alto, CA announce their partnership for an International Baccalaureate high school, which will be known as Silicon Valley International High School.

This is an alliance of two outstanding bilingual International Baccalaureate schools that share a common vision to provide an exceptional high school in Silicon Valley that offers the IB Diploma Programme, rigorous academics, a high level of language learning, college advising, innovative offerings, and global experiential learning opportunities.

Building upon both schools’ combined history of 72 years of experience and Alto’s existing IB Diploma Programme high school, this is part of a long-term strategy that aims to share resources, sites, and foster an even more robust international culture, combining the schools’ Chinese, French, and German language programs.

The first academic year for the shared Silicon Valley International High School will be 2021-2022, with priority admissions for ISTP 8th grade students to the existing Alto high school program in 2020.

“The creation of Silicon Valley International High School, in name and mission, responds to the need to prepare our students for entry into a more competitive and global society than existed just a few years ago. Supported by seven decades of educational excellence in the Silicon Valley and fifty years of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, our new high school will provide educational opportunities unmatched in the Bay Area,” shared Alto International Head of School Drew Alexander.

“This partnership of two excellent schools dedicated to bilingual education and fostering both an international perspective and cultural agility is an exciting prospect. It will combine the talents, experience, and strengths of both Alto and ISTP and be a beacon for global academics, global excellence, and global leadership” said Philippe Dietz, Head of School of the International School of the Peninsula.

The schools will schedule an information session for parents of both communities and provide updates during the planning process.

Additionally, the International School of the Peninsula will formally change their/our name to Silicon Valley International School, continuing to provide the IB Primary Years Programme and the Middle Years Programme in French or Chinese from preschool to 8th grade.

ISTP and Alto Board of Directors and Head of Schools meet at ISTP parent town hall meeting on Jan 27, 2020.

About the Schools:
Alto International School: Alto International School is an independent school in Menlo Park, CA serving students from preschool through high school and representing more than 40 nationalities. Alto’s mission is to provide an outstanding international, multilingual education focused on inquiry-based learning with the goal of fostering confident, creative and responsible learners and global thinkers.

International School of the Peninsula: International School of the Peninsula educates students through a rigorous and dynamic bilingual program, inspiring them to develop an inquisitive and responsible international mindset. In 1996, the Peninsula French American School (founded in 1979) changed its name to the International School of the Peninsula, to better reflect the addition of its Chinese Program and the international middle school.

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