Welcome to Alta Vista

An independent junior kindergarten

through eighth grade progressive school based in San Francisco, Alta Vista prepares students to thrive as creative thinkers, innovators, and catalysts for positive change in the world. Its STEAM-focused program and a foundation of social and emotional 

development inspire curiosity, creative problem-solving, and love of learning.


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. 

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 successful machine.

From the AVS Blog

An Aviator's View

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 for curious young minds

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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