Partnership to Foster German-American Student Exchanges

Alto International School in Menlo Park, California and Louisenlund School, located near Kiel, Germany, launched a partnership to develop joint student and teacher programs, such as exchange opportunities and collaborative student research projects.

The cooperation is one of the many projects of the Kiel – San Francisco twin-city partnership, which was formed in 2017. Both schools are not just IB World Schools, but also have in common that they are located about 30 miles outside a larger city, not far away from the ocean.

The director of international affairs at Louisenlund, Catherine Donovan, visited Alto International School end of August get to know the Alto community and formally sign the memorandum of understanding together with Michael Chapman, head of school at Alto. Catherine Donovan was accompanied to the Bay Area by Ulf Kämpfer, the mayor of Kiel and other government officials and educators from the Kiel region. The partnership is supported by the German non-profit organization The Bay Areas, which aims to connect people and organizations in the regions of San Francisco, Kiel, and Schleswig-Holstein.

In conversation with our visitors, Michael Chapman explained, “Alto, founded as the first German-immersion school on the U.S. West Coast, and Louisenlund in northern Germany are both IB World Schools and have a shared vision of providing international opportunities for students. We are looking forward to a fruitful and collaborative partnership.”  Catherine Donovan added, “At Louisenlund, we place great importance on giving students the chance to spread their wings and explore the world in preparation for life in a global world. The partnership with Alto will be a wonderful opportunity for our students to experience one another’s culture and school community.”

Louisenlund School was founded in 1949 and is today the second largest boarding school in Germany. Close to 440 students from over 19 countries attend the school. High school students can choose to pursue the German Abitur or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. The school also offers a unique STEM program to talented German students. The school is part of the international network of Round Square schools.

If you are interested to learn more about Alto International School and our partnership with Louisenlund, please contact us.

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