For our children, we wanted an environment where they would thrive and develop academically and socially. We owe a big thank you to AVS. Our kids are curious learners, confident public speakers, and both their math and science level is higher than the Cambridge education curriculum that they now follow back in Europe. They knew from early on how to craft a story, a poem, and how to ask enlightening questions. We were at AVS from almost the beginning for four and a half years. The best year was no doubt our last year which our daughter spend in second grade and our son in Middle School. In second grade we owe the biggest thank you to team extraordinaire Kate and Dawn. Their approach to teaching children social skills is extraordinary and inspiring. Their level in both math and English and their playful way of teaching amazed us. We feel so blessed that our daughter had such an amazing year despite health problems that Kate and Dawn helped us deal with. We also especially enjoyed Junior Kindergarten, where Sophie (and back then Hayley) handled the little ones in a loving way while teaching them so much at the same time. Middle School should be and was very different from Elementary School. It was their first year and they had to adjust a little. That said our son had an amazing year, the best school year of his life. The level in science and math is higher than the Cambridge Education level. We are so thankful for Middle School making our son much more independent and resilient. He handled his homework by himself and was coached on how to be organized. He was trained in testing, which he now handles stress free. AVS is a cosy, warm environment. You feel it from the second you step in and are greeted by Mio in the front office. We felt it the minute Ed back at the old Valencia location gave us a guided tour and spoke passionately about learning by playing. Also, Gessi (now head of admissions) made our then 8-year-old non-English speaking son feel comfortable and safe from day one. There will of course be different approaches in between the teachers, but overall I can't think of a better, safer environment to encourage children to develop both academically and socially.
This is a science school, but it truly feels magical. The school combines the best elements of a startup, and traditional and progressive educational models with a fantastic faculty and staff. The bright, happy, and enthusiastic children who attend it are matched by an equally wonderful parent community. Social responsibly and emotional intelligence are tackled with as much consideration as the academics, which are outstanding.
This is the school you wished you could have gone to. It is a joy to send my child here each day.
For middle school, AVS offers a perfect balance of experiential and foundational learning. We came to the school from a great public school and have been deeply satisfied with the school's curriculum, its intimacy between student and staff/teachers and staff/teachers and parents, and the ease with which our son found his way socially.
My child's teachers are excellent and effective. During parent teacher conferences I was surprised at how well they knew my child and the insight they have into his strengths/weaknesses. My child is growing in every subject, even math, where he is so strong that we feared he would be bored for the first few years of school.
The classes have 16 kids per class with two teachers. Because of the small group, the teachers are know each student very well and have managed to create a very cohesive, supportive and affectionate community in the classroom. The social emotional curriculum is strong and integrated across disciplines. I have seen my child develop more awareness of being a good member of the community since starting AVS.
Alta Vista is a unique school that truly stimulates creative thinking and problem solving while nurturing the whole child. There is so much to love about this school. The classes are small and the teachers are smart, engaged and affectionate. The academics are strong- among the strongest we observed in any school. The curriculum is rich and interesting. The kids not only spend time doing science EVERY DAY but they also have drama, art, music and Spanish. Social emotional learning is woven throughout the curriculum. The kids who go to this school are very bright and also very sweet. If you are looking for a school where your bright child who is fascinated with math, science and building will thrive, look no further!
My daughter had an amazing year@AVS,the teachers she had were very dedicated&dynamic,they really get to know your child due to the small class size.We are very excited for another fantastic year@AVS!Ed knows every child&welcomes them with a warm handshake each morning,what a nice way to start the day!
Love this school!!!!
Too many young, inexperienced teachers and managers and it's a problem. Too much inconsistency from year to year. Seems like the vision is lost as the school gets bigger. Been told that my kid is behind because it is a school problem, not a kid problem.
Our children learn wonderfully at Alta Vista School. They thrive in this culturally diverse co-ed school with a cutting edge STEAM curriculum (+Spanish) and enthusiastic staff. Their days are fun-filled and challenging and the school is a safe place were learning can take place! Both often come home excited about their progress in type-writing, scratch, their science project or how the new drama play is coming along.