Alto International Middle School

Grades 6-8

The middle school at Alto focuses on
  • Discovery: Alto’s teachers aim to give students the thrill of independent discovery. The spirit of inquiry guides the curricula across subjects, and students are encouraged to actively generate their own knowledge. Students engage in research, determine their own direction of learning, and apply knowledge to real-world problems. They work collaboratively on projects that synthesize and showcase their learning.
  • Holistic approach: The Middle Years Program (MYP) provides a holistic learning environment through an interdisciplinary approach and integrated inquiry-based learning. It offers a rigorous international math and science curriculum that inspires confidence and a growth mindset. Our humanities and language courses promote critical and reflective thinking, writing, and communication skills. Consideration is given to the needs of students beyond the academic realm, where social and emotional development are also a priority.
  • Global connections: Our international community provides a shared starting point for internationally-minded inquiry, framing a curriculum that promotes multilingualism and global engagement. Students at Alto are offered the choice of Spanish, French, or German in the language acquisition program. No prior knowledge is required. Students who are fluent in German can choose the language of instruction for a number of classes, allowing them to continue their education in two languages.
  • Experienced, Caring Teachers: Educators at the Alto Middle School hold advanced degrees and have international teaching experience. Teachers and staff know students on an individual basis and provide frequent and personalized feedback to help students reach their fullest potential. They support students in meeting the demands of this crucial period of personal, social, and intellectual development.

Information for new families:

The middle school uses an 80-minute lesson schedule that provides an ideal 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