Award Year: 2015

Alta Vista Elementary School

815 Knob Hill Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA, 90277-4300

(310) 798-8650

Mrs. Susan Wildes, Principal at time of Nomination

Redondo Beach Unified School District

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Alta Vista’s mission is to create an environment where students can safely grow physically, socially, emotionally and academically to become critical thinkers and life-long learners.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 56%
  • Hispanic: 19%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 12%
  • Two or more races: 9%
  • ELL: 9%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Alta Vista students engaging in 21st Century learning and collaboration.

Alta Vista students engaging in 21st Century learning and collaboration.

Alta Vista Elementary is a neighborhood school, nestled in south Redondo Beach, nurturing a diverse learning community of high achieving students, English Language Learners, and students with special needs. We achieve great success by developing personal relationships with every student, family and staff member; making efforts each day to form positive connections and focusing on the unique needs of each child. Decision making is rooted in the belief that students thrive academically when their social, emotional, and physical needs are met and when schools value the "whole child." Through the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and a strong partnership with the Beach Cities Health District, a safe, positive and healthy environment supports learning. Alta Vista has cultivated a high level of family engagement through strong partnerships with the PTA and docent programs as well as the implementation of the WATCH D.O.G.S. program to provide positive male role models on campus. Alta Vista also embraces 21st Century learning opportunities through the implementation of 1:1 Chromebooks and classroom technologies. Collaboration and data analysis across grade levels, administration, specialists, and parents occurs regularly to promote strong communication and allows programs to be modified as necessary to benefit each student. Teams utilize ongoing dialogue and reflection to develop innovative learning opportunities and to continually improve their professional practice. Alta Vista Elementary is committed to serving as a model of shared leadership and innovation, and in turn, has allowed the school to become one of the highest performing elementary schools in California.