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About Alta Vista



Alta Vista Community Charter School (AVCCS) is a California public charter school authorized by the Auburn Union School District in 2012 to serve students in grades K through 5. The school is located on the historic site of the original Alta Vista Elementary School and shares space with the district’s SDC preschool program and Placer County’s Head Start preschool program. AVCCS students learn in a small school environment where every student is known by name. AVCCS celebrates diversity and cultivates inclusion among its community of learners, with approximately 48% of its students coming from homes where the primary language other than English, students who struggle with learning or developmental disabilities, or students who live in low socio-economic households. Most families students choose to enroll their students at AVCCS for its strong community culture and project-based learning methodology.
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Alta Vista Community Charter School believes successful global citizens evolve from joyful learning experiences which reach beyond academics to address the needs of the whole child. Our mission is to engage students in rigorous, relevant, and comprehensive learning which challenges them to combine creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving (collectively referred to as “21st Century Skills”) in the quest to be successful, responsible and valuable citizens.
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Alta Vista Community Charter School’s educational program integrates personalized, experiential learning in a project-based model applying Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. The result is a high quality learning experience within a framework of empathy, understanding, sharing of ideas, and building creative solutions. AVCCS students recognize challenges and mistakes as opportunities to learn and grow. We work with community members and businesses to bring real-life relevancy and collaboration to our students’ learning experiences, encouraging them to begin making a positive change in the world around them today. AVCCS teachers take their practice outside the classroom, recognizing that teachers are learners too, and actively seek opportunities to serve as leaders within the district learning community, developing teacher-training in the best practices of the Next Generation Science Standards.
AVCCS embraces the value of innovation and the benefits of providing students with opportunities to explore and discover as part of their educational preparation for success in college and career pursuits. Through the school’s new Innovation Labs, students engage in both structured and unstructured quests to integrate and apply the concepts they are learning, fueled by their own curiosities, passions, and emerging skills. In addition to academics, AVCCS applies the tenants of Positive Behavior at its site. Through Positive Behavior, students learn to engage in and exchange opinions and ideas, advocate for themselves and others, recognize mistakes as learning opportunities, and actively support and celebrate their own growth and success, just as they support and celebrate the growth and success of others.
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