An independent Junior Kindergarten through 8th grade progressive school based in San Francisco, AVS prepares students to thrive as creative thinkers, innovators, and catalysts for positive change in the world. Our STEAM-powered curriculum and our foundation of deep social- emotional learning inspire curiosity, creative problem-solving, and love of learning.
Alta Vista School was founded in 2010 with a clear and vital mission: to prepare students to thrive as creative thinkers, innovators, and catalysts for positive change in the world.
Our admissions process is carefully designed to ensure that families learn all they can about AVS, so we know that the decision to enroll is mutual and a great match. Like everything at AVS, our process aims to be student-centered and inclusive.
Curiosity, creativity, and communication are the foundation of our academic program. This is achieved through inquiry-based, hands-on, and experiential curricula that inspire love of learning. Within each subject area, students explore and pursue their unique interest, talent, and voice to further their self-awareness and self-knowledge.
Alta Vista students are proud aviators who go beyond a strong academic foundation to engage in their community, their environment, and pursue their passions and goals.
One of the best aspects of having a child at Alta Vista is becoming a part of the vibrant AVS parent community. The AVS Parent & Family Group helps connect families and coordinate parent volunteers. AVS parents organize school events; serve as room parents; mentor Lower School sports; facilitate admissions outreach; show our faculty appreciation; and enrich our community in countless ways.
Welcome back, AVS community.
Wow! We are back. And we are looking a little different at the Lower School. I hope the summer break has been one of renewal and feels closer to our former social norms. Unlike last year, we were able to start this year in a more connected way and welcomed our new and returning families in person and all together.
This time each year, we begin to reflect on our experiences during the past year, plan for the refreshment of the summer break, and embrace our hopefulness for the year to come. As an important part of that, we take time to announce and celebrate our departing faculty while introducing and welcoming our new faculty members that will bring their diverse talents and experience to lives of our students.
In honor of Black History Month, we invited the Cheza Nami Foundation to the lower school this week to bring us their interactive and vibrant cultural arts education program that explores the cultures, music, dress, instruments, and dance of Africa and the Diaspora.
This week, we welcomed lion dancers to the Lower School campus to help ring in the Lunar New Year! Check out the brief video…
Thanks to the Parent Group Gala gifts our students can play at their hearts' delight on new blue turf poured this summer under the playground structure and SnugPlay equipment.
Our AVS art students are learning about the Japanese-American artist Yoko Ono and her socially engaging projects such as the 'Wishing Tree.'
Come take a walk through the AVS Garden and discover 75 plants that are edible, medicinal, or serve an ecosystem function.
It has been wonderful to see our students taking advantage of our local community to learn more about our environment and how it impacts our climate.