Citizens of the World

Global citizenship and international awareness are some of the core principles of an IB education, along with courage, community responsibility, and collaboration. All these characteristics come into focus when Alto travels.

Overnight Trips

Starting in 5th grade, students participate in an overnight field trip each year. The 5th to 7th grade students explore California, with destinations ranging from the redwood forests and the Sierra Nevada to Yosemite National Park. All outings put an emphasis on learning as well as trying something new. Students might tackle a high rope course, participate in a challenging hike in Yosemite, or go whitewater rafting on the American River. The trips are directly linked to the curriculum and reinforce learning in a more authentic context.

Service & Cultural Trips

Starting in 8th grade, Alto students travel internationally. The majority of these trips focus on community service while others focus on cultural awareness. Some recent and future destinations include Nicaragua, Germany, and Asia. The emphasis of these trips is to explore new things, push personal boundaries, cultivate open-mindedness, and raise cultural and global awareness.

During a recent trip to Jiquilillo, Nicaragua, students built a hatchery for an endangered sea turtle species. The structure 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 as well as other cultural destinations, and practiced their Spanish.

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