We are thrilled to announce the launch of The Alta Vista School – a new and innovative elementary school in San Francisco. Alta Vista offers a progressive learning environment with an emphasis on science, math and technology . The school opens in Fall 2010, with children entering Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten and First Grade, and will grow to a full elementary school of Jr. K-8.
Following the tradition of other great independent schools in San Francisco, we are families who came together this past year to build a new community. We share a vision for an independent, non-profit elementary school that is focused on developing both the hearts and the minds of its students so they have a strong foundation from which to grow. We believe that small class sizes and talented and creative teaching methods are critical to this effort. We also saw room in San Francisco’s diverse education environment for a school firmly rooted in the scientific method and innovation that has enabled the talents and vibrancy of our San Francisco Bay Area. From these values, ideas and dreams, Alta Vista was born. As our Head of School, we have enlisted Ed Walters, who brings a strong background in educational leadership and science, creative and forward-thinking teaching techniques, and a dedication to cultivating a love of learning in children.
There have been some unfortunate misstatements circulated about us on SF K Files and elsewhere. We strongly believe that considering and embracing a diversity of viewpoints, experiences and voices leads to stronger ventures. Differences in opinion and vision do occur, however, and sometimes lead to a parting of ways. We don’t feel it necessary, appropriate or productive to dwell on past differences here. Our focus is now and always has been on building a great learning environment, and we look forward to joining with many others to build a strong school community cultivating collaboration, transparency, inclusion, curiosity, fun, innovation, and excellence.
We encourage you to check us out for yourself by exploring our Alta Vista website in the coming weeks or by contacting Head of School Ed Walters at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 407-2967.