Introduction

Alta Vista prepares students to thrive as creative thinkers, innovators, and catalysts for positive change in the world. These education goals guide students to discover the world

and themselves, imagine new possibilities, and act as drivers of change. To this end, curiosity, creativity, and communication

are the foundation of the

Lower School program.

Alta Vista School prepares students to thrive as creative thinkers, innovators, and catalysts for positive change in the world. These education goals guide students to discover the world and themselves, imagine new possibilities, and act as drivers of change. To this end, curiosity, creativity, and communication are the foundation of the Lower School program. This is achieved through inquiry-based, hands-on, and experiential curricula that inspire love of learning. Within each subject area, students explore and pursue their unique interest, talent, and voice to further their self-awareness and self-knowledge. 

An interdisciplinary and collaborative approach is emphasized within the core subjects of science, mathematics, literacy, and social studies such that a particular topic is considered through multiple lenses and across disciplines to reflect real-world experiences and challenges. This robust STEAM educational approach promotes critical thinking, multiple perspectives-taking, and creative problem-solving. The core program is enriched with classes in Spanish, garden, visual arts, tinkering, drama, music, and physical education. Learning also extends well beyond the four walls of the school as the neighborhoods of San Francisco are embraced as an extension of the campus to provide meaningful, relevant, and immersive experiences. 

The academic school year is divided into trimesters, each spanning approximately ten weeks. The curriculum draws on grade-level and grade-next standards that balance 1 planned content and flexibility for creative expression based on students’ interests.​Lessons and units are framed by guiding and essential questions. Specific examples of curricula and learning standards are provided to families weekly through Week Ahead newsletters that are emailed to parents and posted on the school’s website, ongoing teacher communications and conferences, and year-round opportunities to visit the classroom during learning celebrations and exhibitions. Informal and formal assessments are ongoing, research-based, and designed to motivate students’ growth and learning rather than act solely as evaluative tools. 

To develop students to serve as future thought leaders, innovators, and changemakers, AVS also prioritizes public speaking and presentations, collaboration, community service, and social and emotional learning, which are deeply integrated into rigorous academic practice.

 
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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
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