Welcome to Alta Vista

An independent junior  kindergarten through eighth grade STEM school in San Francisco with an emphasis on art and social emotional learning. Alta Vista prepares  students to thrive as creative thinkers, innovators, and catalysts for positive change in the world.


Engineering Challenge:

Rube Goldberg Machines

An annual engineering tradition at AVS is building a Rube Goldberg machine -- a contraption that uses a chain reaction to teach the concept of cause and effect.


This hands-on learning project encourages students to tinker with a variety of simple machines, namely inclined planes, levers, pulleys, and wheels and axles. 

But crafting a Rube Goldberg Machine isn't just about pulleys and levers -- this challenge requires persistence, resilience, flexible thinking, and creative problem-solving as students work in teams to craft a succcessful machine.

From the AVS Blog:

An Aviator's View

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Lower School Campus:

450 Somerset Street | San Francisco, CA 94134 | ​Tel: 415-467-3700 

Middle School Campus:

2558 Mission Street | San Francisco, CA 94110 | Tel: 415-510-8492