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 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.
As we have settled into the normalcy of our pandemic lifestyles, we know that the world has changed dramatically from what we've known and cherished just 10 months ago.
“You are living through an important moment in history! A global pandemic like this one has not happened for 100 years, and the tumult of this public health crisis--and political crises on top of that--is new to all of us. Historians are interested in documenting what this time is like.”