Welcome to Alta Vista

An independent junior/transitional kindergarten through eighth grade school in San Francisco that 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