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.
In early October, we reached out to students from the AVS class of 2023 to find out about their math placement results and to find out how they have adjusted to High School homework expectations.
What does it mean to be the Dean of Students at AVS Lower School? Miss Susan tells us through a poem.