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Diversity, equity, and inclusion

Alta Vista School is dedicated to nurturing an inclusive community that celebrates all aspects of our multifaceted identities. We believe that in order to sustain such a community, we must engage in intentional and ongoing processes of self and institutional reflection to make Alta Vista a safe environment for our students, faculty, and families. We strive for all members of our community to become agents for positive change in our evolving world. AVS is proud to partner with SMART, a San Francisco focused nonprofit organization that champions education equity by supporting students in overcoming systemic barriers on their journey to a college degree.

The Parent Group Diversity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, made up of AVS parent volunteers who collaborate with administrators and faculty members, aims to foster a safe and welcoming environment for our families and to support school-wide DEI initiatives. We work with room parents, DEI liaisons, faculty and administration to provide guidance on being inclusive and welcoming, In addition, we try to help facilitate conversations and problem solving should conflicts arise. The DEI Committee organizes educational workshops on DEI topics and assists in DEI celebrations throughout the school year. Join the DEI Group in ParentSquare to stay in the loop.

Programs & Initiatives:

  • Monthly DEI Discussion Group
  • Online media resource list for parents and children
  • Training for faculty and families facilitated by Mosaic Project and Help Each Other Out
  • Annual participation in SF’s PRIDE Parade
  • DEI-themed topics and cultural celebrations presented in our community meetings
  • AVS is a member school of SPEAK


DEI Resources

We welcome community suggestions to add to this list.​

Reading - Articles


Reading - Books






Watching with Kids


Children’s Books


Curated Resource Lists