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815 Knob Hill Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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April 27, 2014
Alta Vista Elementary is a great school if your child needs to start in the LIFT program for special needs. The transition to grades K-5 is supportive and the teachers do care! The principal Ms. Wildes is on top of it. The front office staff is improving and more welcoming to visitors.

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January 12, 2014
The school is well run, but my concern is the academic rigor. My child is not being challenged enough and I am concerned that she will regress. The work that my child brings home is equivalent to kindergarten lessons in LAUSD. I see a lot of worksheets that are not graded and look like busy work. I do not see any growth other than what I teach my child. I am very disappointed because we moved here so my child could attend a topnotch school. Too much emphasis is being put on test scores and where each school ranks. The school has high test scores, but the children aren't being challenged. I wish the teachers in 1st grade would vary their instruction to meet the needs of high performing students.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2014
the district should consider beginning the gate program in first grade for students Obviously advanced. office receptionists could work on their communication and welcoming skills. principal wildes does a great job in recognizing students and gets an A effort..it's too bad all the teachers aren't as enthusiastic.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2013
My son has been aprticipating in the LIFT program and they have been absolutely terrible. He has been in the program for speech defficiency since the age of 3 1/2. Now at 6 years old, he remains in the bottom 1 persecentile ins several of the speech and language catagories. During the IPE meeting, I raised concerns about other behavior patterns that were consistant with those of autism, but they were so busy praising themselves for his "progress", they were annoyed that I voiced these concerns. Despite allerting them to several behavioral patterns, some of which they acknowledged, they did not test him for autism spectrum disorders.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2012
Our kids have been attending this school for four year and it has always been a great school, with wonderful teachers and innovative programs. Under the leadership of the new Principal Mrs Wilde it is now an outstandingly great school! She is innovating and refining existing programs and bringing out the best in the very experienced teachers who also seem to love the school. Many of the teachers have their children attend the school and some of them their parents taught there! It is a nurturing community and I am so grateful that my children have to opportunity to grow there. Mrs Wilde is very hands on; a real problem solver and deals with conflict in a very thoughtful way.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2011
This school is great but has had problems keeping the same principal for more than a few years at a time. Apparent rifts between teachers and administrators have been apparent as it spilled out to the parent population. And, while some teachers have taught in this environment for a few years, they cannot be called seasoned. However, the new principal this year appears to be a much needed positive change to the environment and exceptional teachers do exist at this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2011
Awesome School!!! Teachers are meant to be teachers guiding kids with respect and care. Principal so approachable and polite and of course with a great mind set on school and students success. The academic part is very good because you can see the extra effort and the personal touch this school has thanks to parents also, which is very important to impact in a positive way all those little ones that one day will be our future. Overall EXCELLENT!!!

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no rating May 11, 2010
The teachers are great! Principal is awesome! Volunteers are the best in helping our children.

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no rating May 04, 2010
Alta Vista is a wonderful school. The teachers and staff are terrific. I can't say enough positive about the school. Best of all, there's no homework on weekends -- so far at least! Our daughter has blossomed here. I'm very grateful for all the parental support of the school.

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no rating May 04, 2010
Most of the teachers are highly experienced and motivated to reach their students not only at the academic level but at a personal level as well. Most teachers at Alta Vista are natural 'nourishers', they ACTIVELY LISTEN to their students and provide immediate feedback to them and to parents. Principal Taranto has become the heartbeat of Alta Vista. He has turned Alta Vista into a learning community, he believes that each individual in the school - staff and student - can achieve great things, and he expects no less. Mr. Taranto has an understanding and appreciation of AV school culture, a clear and inspiring vision of where AV is headed, a love of teaching and kids with a concurrent abiltity to relate to them, to teachers ... an ability to make and implement effective dicisions ... with the recognition that neither himself nor anyone else is perfect, and that's OK!!! The office secretary Jo is very knowledgeable, experienced and professional. Chris, the nurse, is very warm with the kids and very flexible helping others.

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no rating May 04, 2010
The Principal, Teachers, Staff, PTA and Parents are dedicated to the student s education, enrichment and safety on and off campus. Principal Taranto knows the name of every student on campus. The Principal and Teachers often attend extra curricular student activities after school and on weekends. All of the Alta Vista staff really cares about the students. We are blessed with a supportive and nurturing Wildcat family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
Because they care about our children and we have the best teachers ever! Our principal is the best!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
The school can be great and it can be bad. If you get the new energetic teachers you are getting some of the best in the south bay. But if they are let go then there will be a terrible loss to the school and likely test scores will drop. There seems to be a lot of politics at the school too with us versus them attitudes and cliques of PTA moms who don't let outsiders in. There is also a large focus on fundraising with one every few weeks it seems.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
Parents volunteer and are very participative at the school. The PTA is highly commited and very in touch with what the teachers and students need. The PTA also sponsors many enrichment programs and holds several fund raising events for the school.The teachers are amazing! Ms. Hoyem and Ms. Marsh are incredible! The teachers in the LRC work very hard, as well!Everybody really pulls together!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
I love that Alta Vista Elementary encourages parental involvment. Having parents involved in the classroom and with school programs is great for the children's esteem and helps make extra curricular programs possible.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Great teachers and staff! They really encourgage parent participation and they are very communicative about what is happening at school and with your child. They have programs like Hands On Art, movie nights at school, jogathon, fairs, etc...Overall, just a great experience for our family.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
It's always a great day to be a Wildcat! THe principal cares about the education and personal connection with each student, the teacher are outstanding, the parents are super and involved in extra curricular activities. THis school ranks one of highest in the district and supports green education and technology, things that will impact the future.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
An available principal, a challenging curriculum, no-nonsense PTA, parent-supported mini-PE before school 2x/week, friendly secretary and nurse, great teachers... positive all-around.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2010
Because it has the best teachers and staff!

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2010
Start with the Principal, who is friendly, outgoing and actively engaged in the community. The staff performs at an incredibly high level. Mrs. Marsh and Ms. Farzad are 2 of the best teachers I have ever seen. Strong parent involvement through the PTA and activities such as Hands On Art. AV builds the whole child and does it in a community of learners that is close knit and mutually supportive. The school has the vibe of a community in the 50's. Wholesome and dedicated to the kids.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
Wildcats are the best! The principal, teachers, staff, parents and kids---They all make it a great day to be a Wildcat!

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April 04, 2010
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no rating November 07, 2008
I think Alta Vista School might rank as a 10 for students who are average or below, or students whose first language is NOT English. But, the best and brightest English speakers are definitely forgotten at this school, as well as in the entire district. Ask them about their GATE (Gifted And Talented Education) Program. It's essentially non-existent. There are some great teachers, though! I think the best I could give this school is an 8 out of 10.

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September 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2008
I've been an involved parent since my oldest started 10 years ago and I still have 4 more years to go. I have to say AV is at all time best. With our Principal, Mr. Taranto, we have a strong leader that will take AV even higher. Since he started, he rolled up his selves and got to work without slowing down. We asked for an old trailer to be removed and the new playground set-up - done! Now he's looking in to adding more. We asked for a room to house a computer lab & technology - done! AV houses a grand computer lab is also providing technology to both students & teachers. We complained about the traffic - done! Not only did he go out on a daily bases to direct traffic but now there is a valet system. We have a beautiful safe campus.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 18, 2008
Alta Vista has some great potential, and some good teachers. However, there are also some serious problems. Number one being security. While the open concept of the campus is very attractive, it is also very unsafe. Unwanted persons can easily enter, and children can exit. According to Principal Taranto, the budget does not allow for increased security. School sponsored extra curricular activities are non-existent as well. It seems teachers are not interested in participating. Noon-aid helpers are also not great.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2007
Mr. Taranto exemplifies school leadership. He's always cool, his judgment is excellent in tough situations; I'll never forget how many times when my twin girls were in softball practice at Alta Vista Park last spring that I saw Mr. Taranto roaming his campus, assuring that all was in order. Terrific guy. Am very proud of our school!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
Alta Vista has come a long way. It's one of the best schools in the district. Overall great teachers and staff. The Principal, Mr. Taranto, is very involved with both students and parents. He holds a high standard for his school. From Special Day Classes Pre-k to 5th grade it's a tight knit school -no one is excluded. High parent involvement through the PTA. They raise enough money for a high tech computer lab and this year have purchase a contact to teach both teachers and students computer use - plus creating a curriculum for the teachers to use in conjure to the present one. Beach Cites has started a wellness program at Alta Vista along with a garden for everyone, lunch time hip hop and fruit tasting once a month. The campus is more enclosed than before and they are holding a tighter ' all visitors must sign-in' policy. Students experience music, Hands on Art, Wellness, Ocean Outreach, special assemblies and much more. They all practice Character Counts. Like you hear the kids say 'It's a great day to be a Wildcat!'

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August 24, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2007
I am not impressed with the selection criteria used to appoint principals. I found my child's teacher this year rude and uncommunicative with my wife and me. Another beef: the sheer volume of homework is unbelievable and unnecessary. I spent many hours in the evening and late evening, all week, working with my child. Too often, I felt that my child's teacher is abdicating her primary responsibility to teach and leave it in my hands.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2007
A major problem with this school is the governance. They need to become more teacher focused and provide an adequate environment for the students.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
The principal is involved, though he has fallen off since his arrival, in the area of communicating in person with the parents. (He used to hold breakfast with the parents to give updates.) Extracurricular activities at least in the lower grades is non existent, so if you're looking for after school stuff, you're out of luck. Parent involvement is very high overall, and if you're lucky enough to get a parent with excellent communication skills, as a working parent you will always know what's going on.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2006
I am surprised by the March 2006 posting which states, 'Disappointing, poor leadership, no buddy system' This is our second year at the school and we would disagree. In fact our principal has been involved, open with the parents, visible with the students and seems to be enthusiastic about making the school better. My child has had a 'buddy' program both years (starting with Kinder). As with any school I'm sure there are some good and some less than average teachers, but we've been fortunate to have had excellent teachers. The Spring Open House is a great time to walk through all the classrooms and see what's really happening. PTA is very active and doing good things. The only concern would be technology education is inconsistent, though we have a computer lab. Overall, a very good school academically and in all other areas.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2006
This is our first year but we've had a pleasant experience so far. Wish the campus was in better shape as it's been under construction for the entire year and I'm sad that the lovely playground that used to be there seems to have been replaced by new classrooms. Don't get me wrong - I'm glad that there will be more classrooms available - just wish it didn't come at the expense of the great playground that was there. I did volunteer one day a week in a kinder classroom and felt this was a great way to get to know the teachers, academic programs, and students. I'm looking forward to next year and seeing how things look with the campus completely void of construction equipment.

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March 13, 2006
Disappointing, poor leadership, no buddy system

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January 19, 2006
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October 22, 2005
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July 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2005
It's a great school. Teachers are good.

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no rating February 22, 2005
Good in average in all arena.

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September 08, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2003
Great school. One of the best in the state. Teachers, principal, and support staff are only there for the students. Egos are checked at the door. Great special eduation program. All academic programs are superior. Leadership has the school moving in the right direction.

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Alta Vista Elementary School
815 Knob Hill Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA  90277
(310) 798-8650
Last modified Alta Vista Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Alta Vista Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top