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9-12
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Tucson, AZ
Students enrolled: 476
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5040 S. Campbell Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85706

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(520) 294-4922
(520) 294-4933
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September 16, 2014
Hello everyone, I'm a Graduate of Alta Vista High School. The staff here is wonderful. They're friendly faces, great energy and purpose coming from this school. I am now a United States Marine. Stationed in Hawaii. I got in thanks to the help of this school. Of you're looking for a school to go to, this is the place that will lead you on the right path to a successful life.

- submitted by a community member
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
January 28, 2014
My school is one of the most amazing schools I'm glad I am able to attend Alta Vista. This school gives you a great opportunity to get caught up and the fact that you are able to attend tutoring any day for help is a great advantage. There is also great programs and clubs that Alta Vista has one being student council . I am a current student council member and I have to say that being in stuck is a great advantage because you get to go experience a lot of great things. I recommend Alta Vista to anyone it is a very good school ! :)

- submitted by a student
January 28, 2014
Alta vista has an amazing variety of learning experiences , the school has a ton of education opportunities , the teachers also help as many students with work that is needed, the only issue at the school tho , is some of the students who enroll , take it for granted , of course there are the achievers that actually do the work , learn from it , and get through their high schooling , apart from the students, the principal is the kindest woman I know, out of all of the schools I've been to, she is the respectable one, and she does great wonders for her school, I completely recommend the school to someone who is actually wanting to learn and be educative enough, and responsible enough, Alta vista is my number one choice :3

- submitted by a community member
August 20, 2013
was a grad at alta vista high school. This school help me to stay on track to make sure i got my diploma.!

- submitted by a community member
July 26, 2013
Alta Vista always has its door open for anyone who is looking for a healthy and educational enviornment. I am a former student of Alta Vista and class Valedictorian of 2011. When I heard my younger cousin was having trouble with school and was at risk of not graduating on time,I immediately reffered him to the Alta Vista enrollment staff knowing that he would be in good hands. At Alta Vista you are not just another student you are a priority of success. If anyone is looking for a great school, I highly recommend Alta Vista as an option.

- submitted by a community member
June 25, 2013
Alta Vista is a great school! the faculty ans staff really care, not only about how you're doing in school but how life is outside of school. They are very understanding and have a goal to help each student achive thier goals. The small classes help with that one on one attenton some students need and make it easy to gain a relatiinship with your teachers. As a 2013 graduate from AVHS I would personally say that this is a great school, you get the education you need and support from everyone here!

- submitted by a community member
June 25, 2013
Alta Vista High School is awesome! Everyone there is friendly and helpful. I like how all the staff members know all or majority of the students. Because it is a smaller school, teachers have a better relationphip with students therefore students are more eager to seek help when needed. They strive to be a great school and they are. They ensure capmus safety and a valuable education. The faculty are all adults we can trust for more than just school related issuse but also that are there for you when you need them. Choose AVHS!(:

- submitted by a community member
June 12, 2013
Every tearcher is very involve with each student and really care each and everyone, you as a student you actually learn not like when being in a big school, and to have the principle memorize every students name really makes you feel good and shows how much she cares to make this school the best.

- submitted by a community member
June 06, 2013
i have been at this school for four years and i can say without a doubt that i loved and charished every moment being here. it has honestly been an amazing experience all the way from the staff, the teachers, and the great friends i have made. the knowledge and life skills that i have learned i will use utilize for the rest of my life. this amazing school has taght me to never give up on life and to respect others. i cant thank every staff members enough for giving me the opportunity attend this school; cause without them i honestly dont know were i would be. Lastly our principal. Ms. Alvarez has kept me on track all my four years of attending Alta Vista. She is tough and accepts nothing but the best out of you. and for that i respect and love her greatly. All and all, this is an amazing school that makes you set a goal and help you anyway possible to achieve it. This is a great school and i would suggest Alta Vista High School to anyone who wants a quality education; but at the same time a new family.

- submitted by a community member
June 06, 2013
I believe that if you are a student who wants a solid education with great help from staff and teachers, Alta Vista High School is the best choice possible. From attending this very school the past four years, I can honestly say I have grown to be the person I imagined myself to be and much more beyond that. I have learned respect and responsibility through this school. It is one of the best choices I have ever made in my life. Alta Vista High School has set me up for nothing but success, and I plan to use the knowledge and morals I have learned from this school to guide my life and strive to be a better person not only to myself, but to others as well. I greatly appreciate the things that Alta Vista has done for me my last four years I have attended. The staff and teachers treat you as if you are one big family. I believe from the bottom of my heart that Alta Vista High School is the best high school to choose if you are looking for the best high school experience possible.

- submitted by a community member
June 04, 2013
I am a graduate of the class of 2013. I am now 19 years old and this school has made a huge difference for me on the way i view education and acheive it. Ever since i cam e to Alta Vista i have improved on many different levels of academics including math, science and especially history. This school has a made a big impact on my life and im glad that i was able to come here and have the positive type of principal that i did, and learn the things i did about education and responsibility.

- submitted by a student
June 04, 2013
I beleive that other's should know that Alta Vista High School is a great school becuase the staff members as well as the teachers are very respectful and amazing people. What I like about Alta Vist High School is that you get treated equal and you like the environment that they provide for you. I beleive that Alta Vista High School has no way of improving because its already perfect..!!!!

- submitted by a community member
June 03, 2013
A high school graduate vanesa gonzalez and im happy to say that i graduated from here because alta vista high school is a great school and always supporting there students pushing them for best in them . thanks alta vista class of 2013!

- submitted by a community member
June 03, 2013
i just graduated high school from avhs a couple days ago and i spent all four years there, i never had any problems with anybody all the teachers and staff are amazing people who are always there to help. i am highly appreciated with each and every one who helped me make my graduation true. thank you AVHS for showing me and my parents you truly care about my success.

- submitted by a community member
May 30, 2013
Alta VIsta HIgh School is one of the best schools I have attended. I have been here since freshman year and I can honestly say that this school is amazing. To the staff all the way to the students. It was a small school but that was highly beneficial to me because it was easy to make friends with everyone and it was the same for everyone to make friends also. I would highly recommend this school to any incoming freshman. The staff here will make sure their students do not fall behind and will push them to their full potential in order to make sure they reach their academic success.

- submitted by a community member
April 30, 2013
When my son was enrolled at Alta Vista he was getting into trouble and the school took initiative to help him. They helped get into a gang prevention program. Alta Vista staff explained how important it was to graduate and how his future is important. Sadly, he eventually dropped out of school but a few months later enrolled into Job Corps where he received his diploma. He did take that advice from Mrs. Alvarez and is furthering his education. I believe that Alta Vista had a great impact on where he is, they saved him from getting put into the system, he didn t slip through the cracks, and he stayed away from drugs and gangs, All because someone cared enough to talk to him and put time and effort into him. Thank you to the staff of Alta Vista. I honestly owe them so much for stepping in and saving my son. Each school should have the same compassion and helped students. I also feel parents should get more involved with their children's schools no matter what age ro grade.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2013
I have been in this school for two years already and i got to say that this school is a great school. This school might be small, but you get a better learning experience because of that. You get more attention from the teachers than you do from a public school. In other words, this school is a GREAT school!

- submitted by a student
April 26, 2013
As an educator that has served at many different high schools in Arizona, I must say that I am impressed with the way Alta Vista High School cares about the education of the student. A great amount of time is placed on the academic demands with the attention centered on the success of the student. The students understand that they are more than a student number, they are a name and one that is cared for through faculty that care. Much like in any relationship, communication is key and an understanding that it takes both party's involvement to make this journey successful. Students are challenged at Alta Vista to rise above what the culture says and to reach for their dreams. Alta Vista is not an "easy pass" institution, but one that will challenge students...if they are prepared to be challenged. The demands of the world are high and at Alta Vista High School I feel we are teaching our students meet those demands. Dr. Garrett Dual-Enrollment Faculty Alta Vista High School

- submitted by a teacher
April 18, 2013
I am a Freshman at Alta vista high School and I must say it's an extremely enjoyable experience so far! No cliques, no huge classrooms (we certainly do NOT have 40 students per class), the teachers go by material at a steady pace, the food is usually healthy, and you can ensure your/your student's future is bright. You can tell by the way the principal speaks that they really care about your success. The only thing missing is a cafeteria, library, and a field. However, we take a SCHOOL bus to the local YMCA and for P.E. there while boys go to a different place, also on school bus. You feel comfortable with your teachers and they are easy to approach for help. They have many clubs and a cheerleading team and small pep assemblies. It's small (around 500 students total) but a pretty great place to learn.

- submitted by a student
April 18, 2013
I would like to address some points from the negative comments below. First, the lunch program. It is true that before we used to have to pay for our own lunches; but we now have free lunches that the government pays for. Secondly, the tranportation issues for a P.E class. We do NOT take the city bus. We take a school bus. Our school is not equipt with a gym, so we have to go off campus. With that being said, I would like to say that the teachers and staff are the best! They truely do care about the students. Whether it be extra help on school work, or just to talk, they are always there for you. I think that is what other schools lack. In my opinion, because AVHS has suh a kind teaching and administrative staff, that it makes us a better quality school. I STRONGELY reccomend you enroll your son or daughter at AVHS. You and your child will not regret it. :)

- submitted by a student
April 17, 2013
My school has been an encouragement to me to do my best. Teachers and staff have been there to help me out with any problem inside and out of school. Am glad I chosed Alta Vista as my High School. Proud Lobo !!

- submitted by a student
April 17, 2013
Pros - I have worked here for a while and truly enjoy it! I have wonderful coworkers and the students are full of life! The teachers are highly qualified and the paraprofessionals are also degreed. We continue to improve AIMS scores and our graduation rate is high compared to many high schools. For an education focused on core studies - reading, writing, and math - this is a great school! Minor Cons - As a small school, the class variety is limited. With 12 rooms and an off campus gym, only so many classes can be offered at a time. The foreign language choice is only Spanish, and Art (drawing, book-making, painting) and Drama are the main fine arts courses taught. Guitar has been offered in the past but is dependent upon having a qualified teacher. The biggest complaints I hear from students concern dress and technology. Students should dress appropriately - tucked in, pants pulled up, girls properly covered. Phones and music devices are not to be used in the classroom and are confiscated when necessary. Most students do not have an issue with these though because they understand that dress and technology have an effect on a person's attitude and focus in a learning environment.

- submitted by a teacher
April 16, 2013
As an administrator of Alta Vista High School, I would like to thank all the parents and students who have submitted reviews of our school. If ever you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me on our school website or simply call us and make an appointment to meet with me. Thank you again for your comments!!

- submitted by a community member
April 16, 2013
The teachers use a data-driven testing model to inform curricular decisions. This means that students receive individual and immediate feedback, and instruction is customized to support weaknesses. The school uses the Positive Behavior Support (PBS) system for infractions which results in positive interactions even when students mess up. Overall, the school is a pleasant place to work where education is treated seriously.

- submitted by a teacher
April 16, 2013
Alta Vista is the best school I have ever attend the teachers really like what there doing. The History teacher at Alta Vista is one of the best men at that school he really care always there for you when you have any question. Alta Vista is amazing school I really recommend that for any student that are entering freshmen year or any high school grade level. The office staff is so of the most amazing people in the world always there for you never deny anything. The principal is also highly educated really cares about her students education. she is a quick problem solver. Alta Vista is highly recommended in my book the best school. out ranked Sunnyside, Desert View, and Pueblo by miles. Don't worry you will enjoy your time at Alta Vista

- submitted by a student
August 10, 2012
like school, i like school, this school is amazing and fun to go to. the environment is amazing and the teachers are very nice and caring.

- submitted by a student
June 01, 2012
I attended orientation and so far it seems like a good school. The principal and staff show that they care about the students and will work hard to do what ever it takes to make them excel. I liked that. The principle is there and greets the students in the morning as they come in. She knows them all by their first name so that right there tells you she is on top of things to start off. We will see what happens as the school year goes on. I hope it continues the way it seems to be so far. My son said his teacher is very smart and kept the class interesting so they would not lose focus on what they were learning. Awesome!! :0) Keep it up!! Alta Vista.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2012
this school is a mess do not send your kid to this school nothing in this school is great they have to take the city bus in order to go to PE class no lunch you have to pay for everything

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2011
i have my kid in this great school and they help hem so much with all for be great student.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2010
Alta Vista High School is considered to be a performing school by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). Since the opening in 2003, Alta Vista has continued to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). AYP is determined by student performance in AIMS, graduation rate and drop-out rate.

- submitted by a community member
February 23, 2010
This a great school, my son has really has done great in this charter school than the other high schools, i'm really proud of the way they teach and treat the kids you all have done a great job. Thank you

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
Here is a school that concentrates on academic's and has a smaller teacher/student ratio. Teachers are more involved with helping students understand their work, instead of just dishing it out. Nice clean campus, polite staff. Probably the best experience with a school at any level.

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August 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 02, 2009
Thinking that most High Schools have 7 to 9 periods a day I think three classes at 90 minutes is just enough. They are focused on the subjects at hand and learning more than they would at a regulat high school.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2009
Alta Vista is a great school! Classes are smaller than traditional schools (not 40+) and they have individualized learning. Attendance is enforced (5 absences and students fail their classes) and so is dress code. The staff is great, they notify me if my child is disruptive or doing great in class. Overall, I am very happy with Alta Vista and would recommend to any parent.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2009
Teacher turn-over rate, very high. School runs on a 2 hour block schedule, too long for most of the students to stay on task. Some classes have more than 40 students in them. Staff has a hard time enforcing student and teacher attendance and dress code policies.

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May 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2009
It's a great school! sure, it could use a cafeteria but the kids are cool and the teachers work hard to make learning fun while still teaching.

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October 28, 2008
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September 25, 2007
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September 06, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2007
A safe school in a tough neighborhood. Safety is very important to us (5 kids) and if your kids are nervous about that fact then how can they focus on their studies? School needs to improve the lunch program; it needs to be more cost efficient, user friendly, and facilities need to be built to take care of this situation. Staff stays on top of discipline and communication very good with parents. Very limited concerning activities available at 'normal' high schools: No...driver training, cafeteria or lunch facilities, sports program like Sunnyside, etc., but the safety issues outweigh most of these concerns. Improve (toughen) the academic standards and improve the lunch options. Hard working staff and very good job!

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August 02, 2007
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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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Alta Vista High School
5040 S. Campbell Avenue, Tucson, AZ  85706
(520) 294-4922
Last modified Alta Vista High School is a Charter school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Alta Vista High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 66 reviews. Top