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.

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.