The IB Advantage

Inspired and Confident
The International Baccalaureate (IB) philosophy focuses on a holistic approach to education. Thus, the IB program addresses not only the cognitive development but also the social, emotional, and physical well-being of each student.

The aim of an IB education is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people and to provide them with the adaptable skills to tackle society’s complex challenges.

The IB program at Alto

  • Inspires students to ask questions, pursue personal aspirations, set challenging goals, and develop the persistence to achieve those goals.
  • Develops knowledgeable students who make reasoned ethical judgments and gives them the ability, perseverance, and confidence they need in order to bring about meaningful change.
  • Encourages individual and shared responsibility as well as effective teamwork.
Ready for College
Students who graduate with the IB Diploma are afforded the opportunity to study at universities all around the world, often with advanced credit. Students report that their involvement with the IB has given them the tools needed to succeed at college.

According to a survey by the IB Organisation, students comment in particular on their strong research and time management skills  as well as a general sense of preparedness leading to higher self-confidence. Even more important, they have developed a sense of the world around them and their responsibility to it. Alto International School is an accredited IB World School and is an official candidate school for the IB Diploma Program.

The IB Diploma has gained recognition and respect from leading universities in the United States and around the world:

Stanford University
“Selective colleges put a great deal of emphasis on any course that’s taken in a high school that moves the student closer to the level of academic work required in a college. The way that the IB distinguishes itself in that group of strong academic preparatory programs is by its breadth and the way that it helps students pull things together.”
Debra Von Bargen, Assistant Dean of Admission at Stanford University

Harvard University
“The IB is well known to us for excellent preparations. Success in an IB program correlates well with success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Program in the transcript.”
Marilyn McGrath Lewis, Director of Undergraduate Admission

Duke University
“One of the advantages of an IB curriculum is its structure and quality. It is a coordinated program, well established, well known and well respected. We know the quality of IB courses, and we think IB curriculum is terrific.”
Christoph Guttentag, Director of Undergraduate Admission

Vanderbilt University
“I have always been a supporter of the International Baccalaureate. It is a thoughtful and genuinely intellectual curriculum with an unusually high degree of integrity and connectedness. There is no other curriculum anywhere that does a superior job of both educating students and inspiring a true and broad-based love of learning.”
William Shain, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions

College of William and Mary
“The rigor of the IB Diploma requirement meets our recommendation for the strongest high school preparation possible…In sum, the IB diploma candidate who has met the challenge successfully receives strong consideration from the William and Mary admission committee.”
Allison Jesse, Former Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission

Macalester College
“We respect the IB program for its academic rigor and the dedication it requires of students to earn the diploma. Over the years, we have found IB students to be exceptionally well-prepared for a challenging college experience.”
Lorne Robinson, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

The IB Diploma has gained recognition and respect from leading universities in the United States and around the world. Here are just a few examples:
 

There is no other curriculum anywhere that does a superior job of both educating students and inspiring a true and broad-based love of learning.”

William Shain, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Vanderbilt University