Alto International Preschool

“Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein

The Alto preschool program is based on the following research-based principles:
  • A whole-child approach. At Alto, we take a holistic approach to helping children grow and thrive. We aim to help children lay the foundations of strong, flexible, and meaningful lives.
  • In-depth inquiry. Children develop new understandings and competencies through hands-on experiences and invitations to discuss and reflect. Four units of inquiry — such as machines, ecosystems, or music—are each several weeks long and often feature special projects and events.
  • Extended play. In play, children deepen interpersonal relationships, make connections between ideas, and “try on” new roles and experiences. Longer free play periods give children time to explore and master activities, adding complexity and variation as they go. Such self-regulated activity boosts children’s engagement and attention spans.
  • Communication skills for global citizens. Children from all language backgrounds gain confidence and communication skills with German-immersive instruction. Guided by core values, Alto preschoolers practice inclusion and conflict resolution.
  • Daily and yearly rhythms. Children’s days begin and end with the ritual of circle time’s music and activities. Play times are designed to allow students to move freely between indoor and outdoor play. Weekly activities (like library days and extracurriculars) and seasonal events (like November’s St. Martin’s Day lantern parade) give children a sense of rootedness and community.

Information for new families

Preschool runs from 8:30 a.m. until 1:45 p.m., and children can stay after in German-immersive, play-based care until as late as 6:00 p.m. Families can choose either a 3-day or a 5-day option. Children who are potty-trained can begin at Alto at 2 years, 9 months.

Tracks Offered

German Track English Track