What is Alta Vista doing to support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)?


At AVS, we welcome the experiences and perspectives of all members of our community. We strive for continuous growth in understanding and valuing the intersections of age, ability, gender, race and ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. Our faculty, parent, and leadership based DEI groups coordinate with all members of our community to better engage in these principles. We see DEI as integral to the ethical foundation of our community and as work that we all share.




What learning support is offered?


Alta Vista School’s dedicated and experienced faculty is committed to providing an educational experience that meets each student's needs through a variety of instructional strategies and approaches. Student Support Team members include a Learning Specialist, a Math Coach, a School Counselor, a Dean of Students at the MS, and a Literacy Specialist at the LS. As a school community, we value all dimensions of each child and work diligently to address their intellectual, social, emotional, and physical needs. AVS teachers and support faculty acknowledge and respect the fact that all children approach learning in their own unique ways, yet we are not a school that specializes in serving students with significant learning differences or social-emotional challenges. Our learning specialists and school counselor are important resources to teachers and to parents; they help pinpoint academic and social-emotional challenges and are also closely involved with designing an action plan to address issues. After careful analysis and reflection, a teacher, with guidance from the learning specialist and division head, may determine that a student would benefit from tutoring, therapies, or other supports which will need to occur outside of the classroom environment. In such cases, a referral will be made in a parent meeting with the classroom teacher, learning specialist, and division head. While we may suggest outside support, our program does not allow for external 1:1 level of intervention within the classroom during the school day. For additional information about our Student Support systems, please email the admissions office directly.




Do you offer support for the high school admission process?


AVS has an extensive and personalized high school counseling process that begins, in earnest, the spring of a student's 7th grade year. Our goal is for students to enroll at a school where they will thrive.




Do you offer sports?


Sports in the lower school are parent-organized and typically include basketball and soccer. Sports in the Middle School are led by a professional coach/athletics director and include basketball, futsol, volleyball, and cross-country. We are members of SFIAL (San Francisco
Independent Athletic League)




Does the school provide transportation?


For families who are interested in recurring transportation options to and from school, AVS partners annually with Zum, a child ride service company. Routes and schedules are determined the summer before school starts based on family interest level and location.




What are the options for after-school care?


Lower School: BookEnds (before and after school program) students may arrive as early as 7:30 AM, and stay as late as 6:00 PM, extra cost separate from tuition. Middle School: After school clubs take place from 4:00-5:00 PM at no additional cost. Aftercare is available from 5:00-6:00 PM, extra cost separate from tuition.




Are there opportunities for student leadership?


At the Middle School, students are invited to participate in the Student Leadership Team. The SLT's purpose is to help to create changes in our school community in positive and healthy ways and to build and promote a more inclusive and collaborative school community for all members.




What is your math curriculum?


The Alta Vista School math curriculum was developed from national (Common Core) and state (California Mathematics Framework) standards.




When and how do I start an application?


Applications can be started approximately one year prior to your desired start date. For example, if you are interested in starting in the fall of 2022, the application will be available starting September 1, 2021 and due on January 19, 2022. We encourage families to start the application as early as possible in the fall, though it is possible to complete the application within a few days if starting later.




Which part of the admissions process is most important?


We take a holistic approach in our admission process and consider all parts of the application. We do not have a weighted system for different sections of the application.




What kinds of students are successful at Alta Vista School?


Successful Aviators have a demonstrated joy for learning and a record of academic success within the context of their own experience; a willingness to be open-minded and positively engaged in a diverse community; and the skills, potential, and desire to progress within our program.




Do you have an annual fund/ capital campaigns, and engage in fundraising activities?


The Annual Fund supports every aspect of the AVS experience. It allows AVS to be an extraordinary place of education, collaboration, and innovation for students today and in years to come. We ask every family to participate at a level that is comfortable for their circumstance.





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