Alta Vista Public School

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Alta Vista Public School
1349 Randall Avenue

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Coordinates45°23′02″N 75°39′54″W / 45.383820°N 75.664988°W / 45.383820; -75.664988Coordinates: 45°23′02″N 75°39′54″W / 45.383820°N 75.664988°W / 45.383820; -75.664988
MottoStriving For Excellence
School boardOttawa-Carleton District School Board
SuperintendentNeil York-Slader[1]
Area trusteeBronwyn Funiciello (ZONE 6)[2]
AdministratorLynette Beck
PrincipalDenis Paré
Enrollment650 students (September, 2009)
LanguageEnglish, Early French Immersion, Late French Immersion

Alta Vista Public School is an Ottawa-Carleton District School Board elementary school in the Alta Vista neighbourhood of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It first opened its doors to the community in 1949.

650 students from diverse cultures are enrolled at this triple-track school. The school offers a regular English Program (JK-8), an Early French Immersion Program (SK-8), and a Late French Immersion Program (Grade 7 & 8). Alta Vista also offers Special Education, English Language Support and a Junior (grades 4–6) System Learning Disability Class. Students are encouraged to become involved in a variety of clubs and sports outside of the regular program, and in the Student Ambassadors, a leadership program.

Alta Vista has two gymnasiums: the Mr. J. Gym, dedicated to a former teacher at Alta Vista, and the Martin Pelton Gym, dedicated to one of the former principals. The school also has a fully equipped science room.

The school is one of four schools in the OCDSB that offers a music strings program; the others are Vincent Massey Public School, Lisgar Collegiate Institute, and Canterbury High School. Alta Vista also offers a specialized drumming music program.

Graduating students attend a number of high schools including Hillcrest, Brookfield, Canterbury, Ridgemont, and the Ottawa Technical Learning Centre.


Student David Campion Smith campaigned a cause to raise funds for Free The Children to help children in developing countries and, in 2006, raised $4400, enough to purchase 88 goats.[3][4][5] Campion-Smith's efforts saw him compared to child activist Craig Kielburger[4] and awarded the KidsWorld 2006 Community Spirit, Student of the Year Award.[6] In 2007, the school was challenged to build a school through Free The Children and an anonymous donor would match up to $7000 of funds raised. The school successfully raised $7700 and a school is planned for Kono District of Sierra Leone.[3]


  • Cummings, H.R. and W.T. MacSkimming. The City of Ottawa Public Schools: A Brief History. Ottawa: Ottawa Board of Education, 1971.
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  3. ^ a b "David's Dream". Alta Vista Public School. Archived from the original on September 11, 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-14.
  4. ^ a b Czekaj, Laura (2006-06-01). "Student finds a practical way to help: Fund-raiser helps buy goats for families in impoverished nations". Ottawa Sun. Archived from the original on November 22, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-14.
  5. ^ "David's Dream – Changing "Me" to "We"". Ottawa Start. 2006-05-13. Archived from the original on 2006-10-22. Retrieved 2008-06-14.
  6. ^ "2006 Student of the Year Winner". KidsWorld-Online.COM. Archived from the original on 2006-10-31. Retrieved 2008-06-14.

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