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Alta Vista High School

Charter | 9-12 | 476 students

Best known for its committment to academic, civic and social excellence.

 
 

Living in Tucson

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $74,800. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $720.

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 22 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted August 11, 2014

Hi my name is Daniel Lopez I'm a graduate from Alta Vista High School located in Tucson, Arizona. I attended Alta Vista all 4 years of my high school career. During my 4 years here at Alta Vista I learned 5 important transferable skills that have worked to my advantage in the world I live in today. Those things are Respect, Responsibility, Leadership, Character and Most of all Discipline. Once a Lobo always a Lobo. The staff here is mostly dedicated to the students best interest. Not once did I ever come to a point at Alta Vista where I felt I wasn't important to the staff and teachers. Many cases I had to stay after school till about 5 O' clock and the teachers and staff were very dedicated to help me reach my maximum academic potential and they would do whatever it takes to help me get there. Choose Alta Vista High School because Its the Students Choice..The Parents Choice and Most of all its the RIGHT Choice.! Go LOBOS!!!!!! Class Of 2014!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 25, 2014

I am a senior at Alta Vista, graduating next month. I have attended Alta Vista for the last four years, and I can simply say it is an amazing school. Not only has it provided me with the education needed but the support from the staff in difficult times. I've gotten so close to the administration & the teachers, graduating & leaving will be hard. All the teachers are there because they want to be there and they truly care about the students. Alta Vista makes me feel safe, the officers on duty and the administration make sure of that. I have stayed at school late, or arrived super early and it has become like a second home to me. Alta Vista has opened so many doors for me & has given me the opportunity to attend many different conferences, and even the chance to go to Washington D.C in June. Ive been part of the extracurricular activities offered & even though we are a small school we try our best to make the absolutely best out of it. They encourage all the students to have perfect attendance and reward them with a free trip to Knott's Berry Farm. And if they pass all the AIMS at Alta Vista sophomore year they are rewarded a FREE trip to Disneyland senior year. I Love AV.


Posted January 28, 2014

Alta vista is a good school to go to... but they should give you the class on t ime when you need it that year, and not give it to you when its not supposed to be given the other year.... but other than that this school is okay....
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2014

Teachers are all right, there are a few who think they are better then you. You have to work hard, and there are very few extracurriculars.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2014

My school is chooses its staff and faculty wisely. The teachers are great with great teaching skills. Also the faculty and staff make an effort to make sure the students are doing well in school and life outside of school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2014

My school is a great school in my opinion. I say this because the teachers and the staff do their best to make sure the students are safe at all times. The teachers and the staff also take time to make sure the students are learning the material and that they are doing well in this school. They make sure your grades are passing otherwise you have to do mandatory tutoring. So in my opinion i believe that this school cares a lot about the students that go here and they set high expectations for all of their students to pass and do their best.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2014

My school is a great school. The staff and teachers are very well trained and respectful. Everyone is very involoved and focused on helping students reach their goals. I would recommend AVHS to anyone who wants a good education in a healthy learning environment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2014

My school is an A school! Teachers help you stay on track and are interested on how we do in school. I like that all staff members are involved with all our school events. I would highly recommend you to attend Alta Vista, it has been a great experience.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2014

I have been in this school for two years already and this school is a great school. This school might be small, but you get a better learning experience because of that
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2014

My school is a very hard working school. By this I mean that this school always has you on track and help you on anything you need. It has samller classes and very a very nice staff.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2014

My school is the best! First of all i really like that it's a small school, this allows everyone to get to know each other through out the 4 years of high school. The teachers are great, they're really supportive and push you to do your best.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2014

My school is, overall, very enjoyable and excellent when it comes to academics. As a student, I find the courses easy to follow and well paced. The school environment is also laudable, with a closed campus and teachers spending lunchtime in the lunch area. From my experience, there are virtually no cases of harassment of any students. The office staff is kind and helpful. I've been coming to Alta Vista for two years and my only complaint is the lack of a library and lunch hall, but other than that, this school is nearly perfect.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2014

Alta Vista High School is a school that expects all the students to do thier work and stay focused.This is a school that knows every student can succeed and expects them to do great!!:)
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2014

I am a student at Alta Vista High School, and this school is AMAZING! It change the way i see school. i drop out and didnt want to go back, then my cousin recommended this school. So I decided to give it a shot & now i am going to graduate on time. & they even have AIMS workshops, which help me a lot to pass the AIMS. I super highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2014

My school is a great place to be you can always depend on the teachers and staff to help you with anything. The staff is extremely caring and will do their BEST to help you succeed in life! The only thing I would change about this school is the lunch.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2014

My school is okay for now. I like how this school only has three classes for each block, it makes it more eaier. I just dont like how we can backpacks, on school grounds. I would prefer to have more better food as well. . But other than that this school is great, helps me to understand wahat im learning in class.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2014

I've been at Alta Vista Highschool for three years now and I think its a pretty good school. I think the teachers and staff are great. The things i dislike is how we only have 10 weeks to learn a subject that other schools spend half a year on and the lunch is not very good. Other than that i reccomend AVHS
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2014

I have been at AVHS since freshman year and it is an alright school. I hate that we don't have a cafeteria or lunch on fridays until after 3rd period. Most of the teachers do a satisfactory job and dispite the strict (and sometimes apparantly pointless) rules at this school it is great because we get out early and we have only 3 classes a day which makes passing high school extremely easy.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2014

Alta Vista is a great school. All of the staff is ready and willing to help with any problem whether it be academic or personal. Not only does the school expect students to do their best, they expect even more. Faculty and staff encourage students to do things like apply for financial aid and colleges in order to further their education for a better future. The small class sizes help the teachers provide great one-on-one time for students when they need help or are falling behind. as a graduating senior, i'm glad I made the choice to attend here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2014

Our school has a great principal named Ms. alvarez. We have great teachers too. Our school has only 3 classes & they're easy & not too hard. Students have to mgo to turoring if we recieve an D or an F. Teachers have good teaching strategies. We as students havfe the responsibility of coming to school everyday & learning & absorb everything we learn. Homework is always mandatory to finish.
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
18%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
51%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 96% 43%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Black 1% 5%
White 1% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 90%N/A47%
Female 51%N/A49%
Male 49%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Sunnyside
Desert View
Pueblo High School
Colleges most students attend after graduation Pima Community College
University of Arizona
Arizona State University
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Italian
Russian
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • A-alt Grade School (2013)
  • NCEA Academic Excellence Award (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Textile design
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Dance club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Alicia Alvarez
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (520) 294-4933

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Honors track
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Mathematics
  • Performing arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Textile design
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Dance club
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Alta Vista High School is proud to serve south Tucson with the best in quality education. We deliver our programs in a safe and scholastic environment that is built on respect, self-discipline, creativity, academic excellence and service to the community. Alta Vista High School welcomes all students who have a desire to succeed. The only thing missing at our campus is you!
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What are your chances?

Students typically come from these schools
Sunnyside
Desert View
Pueblo High School

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Pima Community College
University of Arizona
Arizona State University
College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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5040 S. Campbell Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85706
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Phone: (520) 294-4922

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