Global citizenship and international awareness are one of the core principles of an IB education, as well as courage, community responsibility and collaboration. All these aspects come into focus when Alto travels.

Overnight Trips

Starting in 5th grade students participate in an overnight field trip each year. 5th to 7th grades students explore California. Destinations range from the redwood forests, the Sierra Nevada to Yosemite National Park. All outings put an emphasis on learning as well as trying something new. For example students tackle a high rope course, participate in a challenging hike in Yosemite or go whitewater rafting on the Great American River.

Service & Cultural Trips

Starting in 8th grade Alto students travel internationally. The emphasis for most trips is community service while other trips focus on cultural awareness. Recent and planned destinations include Nicaragua, Germany and Myanmar. The emphasis of these trips is to explore something new, push your own boundaries, be open minded and raise cultural and global awareness.

During a recent trip to Jiquilillo, Nicaragua students built a turtle hatchery for an endangered sea turtle species. The hatchery helps to protect the turtle eggs from predators and harmful wind and weather conditions. Students also helped to prepare and distribute meals to communities living in poverty, visited Granada and other cultural destinations and practiced their Spanish.

Alto high school students are encouraged to actively participate in the planning of the international service trips, which includes everything from choosing a destination, planning the itinerary and overseeing the trip finances.