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Our STEAM-powered curriculum…

…is kinetic, creative, and interconnected – deepening student learning across all areas of the curriculum.

Explorers and caretakers…

…AVS students learn not just to see and interrogate the world around them, but to take action for positive change.

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Designers and artists…

…AVS students learn to express themselves and their ideas clearly and with purpose, whether on canvas, on stage, or in the music studio.

Known and cherished…

…AVS students benefit from low student-to-teacher ratios and two lead teachers per classroom, meaning that they receive plenty of individualized attention.

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Curious and collaborative…

…AVS students investigate the world around them, together.

Welcome to Alta Vista School

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.

What does it mean to be an Aviator?

Our educators and administrative leaders have pulled together a lot of information here to help you get to know what it is to be an Aviator. We encourage you to jump in with both feet and explore the limitless possibilities at Alta Vista School!


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.

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Illustration showing the foundations and pillars of the Lower School academic program

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.

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Parents and families

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.

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News & Events

Latest News

AVS Lower School families and students attend the first morning meeting of the school year

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.

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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.

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