Portrait photo of principal David Rios

Welcome to Alta Vista High School. 

We have a rich history of serving students from Vista Unified School District who are off-track for graduation.  At Alta Vista, we focus on getting our students “back on track.” Our school is setup to accommodate our students’ academic and social needs.  At AVHS, we treat everyone like family and take care of our own. Every day our students will be provided the coaching for academics, personal, life skills, and future careers.  Students will feel more connected to their instructors and provided the opportunity to ask more questions because of our reduced class sizes. Our staff is trained in providing the very best in alternative education, through a combination of teacher led direct instruction and online learning.  

Our focus is to give our students’ the skills they need to graduate and be successful in post-secondary life.  Together, we are going to create the right plan for everyone to succeed. We are looking forward to bringing out renewed energy and drive in our students.

Alta Vista High School is  available to 10th, 11th, and 12th graders.  These students can either return to their comprehensive site if caught up on their credits or stay at AVHS and pursue a diploma here.  

Our goal is that every student is making adequate progress in our school to graduate with a diploma from Vista Unified School District.

My staff and I can’t wait to help the Tiger seniors walk across the stage at graduation on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020.  We look forward to helping each student achieve his or her diploma. At Alta Vista High School, we help our students learn, find academic success and support, and the pathway that serves them best.  I look forward to us working together and having a great year.

David Rios


Alta Vista High School