Two local bilingual schools have partnered to open a new international high school that will offer German, French and Chinese language programs.
The boards of trustees for the Alto International School in Menlo Park and the International School of the Peninsula in Palo Alto decided to partner to open Silicon Valley International High School in 2021.
"The creation of Silicon Valley International High School, in name and mission, responds to the need to prepare our students for entry into a more competitive and global society than existed just a few years ago," Alto International Head of School Drew Alexander said in a Jan. 28 announcement.
The new high school will offer an international baccalaureate diploma program as well as global experiential learning opportunities in the three languages.
Its location has not yet been determined, but the schools collectively have three sites in Palo Alto and Menlo Park that have sufficient capacity for the preschool, elementary, middle and high school programs, according to Chief Communications Officer Jovi Craig of the International School of the Peninsula. A joint task force, made up of board members and the heads of both schools, will make a decision on the location before admissions for the 2021-22 school year.
The independent Alto International School, located at 475 Pope St., claims to be the only school in the Bay Area offering an international baccalaureate program for students from preschool through high school. There, students graduate with literacy skills in at least two languages, according to the school's website. The school also offers a German-immersion preschool and elementary program.
The school was formerly known as the German-American School, and had been located at 275 Elliott Drive, the current home of the Menlo Park City School District's Upper Laurel School.
The International School of the Peninsula, which offers instruction in French and Chinese, was founded in 1979 as the Peninsula French American School. The school changed its name in 1996 when it added a Chinese program and an international middle school.
With the opening of new high school, the school will be renamed the Silicon Valley International School and continue to offer French and Chinese instruction from preschool through eighth grade.
"This partnership of two excellent schools dedicated to bilingual education and fostering both an international perspective and cultural agility is an exciting prospect," said Philippe Dietz, head of school of the International School of the Peninsula.
The schools plan to host an information session for parents of both communities and provide updates during the planning process.