Alta Vista Elementary School
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School Hours & Bell Schedule

Office Hours

The school office is open Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., except for holidays and non-student days.  Please check the Calendar page for details of school closures.

School Hours


A.M. Kindergarten: 8:15 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. (M, Tu, W, Th, F)
P.M. Kindergarten: 11:40 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (M, Tu, Th, F)
8:15 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. (W minimum day)
Grades 1-2: 8:15 a.m. - 2:25 p.m. (M, Tu, Th, F)
8:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. (W minimum day)
Grades 3-5: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (M, Tu, Th, F)
8:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (W minimum day)


Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures

Parking around the Alta Vista campus is limited - please show courtesy to the local residents by not double-parking or parking across driveways' especially on the south side of Knob Hill Avenue.  Redondo Beach PD monitors regularly for illegal parking activity.

Also, please remember that between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., the Alta Vista staff parking lot is for staff members only!  Also, please do not park in the handicapped stall at any time if you do not have a handicapped placard in your vehicle.  Your cooperation is grealy appreciated.

In the event of bad weather, please deliver or collect your child to or from their classroom.

Students who arrive after 8:15 a.m. should report to the school office and fill out a tardy note.

Minimum Days

All classes except A.M. Kindergarten operate on a modified schedule on early dismissal (minimum) days.  Every Wednesday is a minimum day but throughout the year, other days may be designated as such in the event of parent conferences, teacher professional development or significant school events.  On these days, "Wednesday hours" will apply so please remember to pick up your child early from school!

Please check home page on our website or click here for information about other scheduled early dismissal days.


Please drop off and pick up students at the kindergarten entrance off of Julia Street next to Room #4. On arrival, students line up on the kindergarten playground with their teachers.  At the end of school, students will only be released to a responsible parent or guardian.

A.M. Kindergarten - please do not arrive earlier than 7:55 a.m. - there is no playground supervision before this time. In addition, P.M. Kindergarten please do not arrive before 11:35 a.m. - there is no playground supervision before this time.  Please help keep our campus safe by exiting the campus upon drop-off and pick-up. Also, the kindergarten playground area is not a waiting area for older siblings.  Please pick-up your students at their dismissal time.

Grades 1-5

Please do not arrive earlier than 7:45 a.m. - there is no playground supervision before this time.

School starts promptly at 8:15 a.m.  A warning bell will sound at 8:10 a.m. to call students to line up.

Recess and Lunch Schedule


Grade 1:   10:00 - 10:15am. - recess
11:25 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. - Lunch
  1:25 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. - recess
Grade 2:    10:00 - 10:15am. - recess
11:35 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - lunch
  1:25 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. - recess
Grade 3: 10:20 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. - recess
11:55 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. - lunch
Grade 4: 10:20 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. - recess
12:15 p.m. - 12:55 p.m. - lunch
Grade 5: 10:20 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. - recess
12:35 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - lunch