How to Apply to Lower School

1. Get to know Alta Vista

Welcome and thank you for considering Alta Vista School! For a brief description of our program, please read the Alta Vista At a Glance page. If our school feels like the right fit for your family, please submit an Inquiry Form. All steps in the admission process, including tours, events, and forms, are completed through Ravenna-Hub.

2. Come visit

Lower School Tours are held weekly on Wednesdays when school is in session, and begin on September 25th, 2019. These adult-only tours provide an opportunity to explore the campus, visit classes while in session, and ask questions. Please register on Ravenna-Hub.

In addition to the school tour, we encourage you to attend these optional events:

Lower School Family Open House

Saturday, November 9th 10am - 12pm

Somerset Campus

This event is a hands-on experience for all Lower School families; please bring your children! Come visit classrooms; explore the outside space; participate in science experiments, games, and activities; and meet teachers, current families, and students. 

Prospective Families Social

This adult-only event is designed to offer prospective families the opportunity to converse with current parents. 

Register for all events on Ravenna-Hub.

3. Complete an application

Please complete your application using Ravenna-Hub


The application deadlines for the 2020/21 admission season are as follows:

  • Lower School: December 13th, 2019

  • Middle School: January 17th, 2020​

Please note that for Junior/Transitional Kindergarten the child must be 5 by February 1st, 2021.

A $100 application fee is due with the application.

4. Complete an onsite visit

After your child’s application has been processed, your child will be invited on campus for a visit. Depending on the grade you are applying to, this visit can last about an hour or an entire school day.

During the visit, your child will be engaged in numerous activities designed to determine their readiness for the physical and mental challenges of the grade level they are being considered for.

5. Receive a decision letter

Decision letters will be electronically delivered on the following dates:

  • Junior Kindergarten: March 10th, 2020

  • K - 8: March 19th, 2020


A one-time enrollment deposit of $1,000 is due for each student upon enrollment.

Admissions decisions are based on the following considerations: academic readiness, social development, the balance of temperaments and genders within a classroom.

Non-discrimination Policy

We are committed to creating a diverse community. Alta Vista School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, religion, gender, lifestyle, sexual orientation, disability or age in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid, athletic and other school-administered programs, hiring practices, and privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students, parents, and employees of the school.

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for curious young minds

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