The school also announced a new head of school: Michael Chapman, most recently the head of an International Baccalaureate World School in Bogota, Colombia, who has held previous leadership positions at schools in Austria and the United Kingdom.
Alto's initiative to become an IB World School began in 2007 with accreditation for the preschool and elementary school, followed in 2013 by accreditation for grades 6 through 10, the statement says. With the addition of grades 11 and 12, Alto will be the only Bay Area school with a complete IB program, according to school officials.
"An IB education is recognized and highly regarded by universities in the United States and around the world," the school said in announcing the program expansion.
The current head of school, Sally Thorogood, will be returning to a position she held for six years: principal of Alto's elementary school.
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