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Mission Statement

We, the Alta Vista family, commit to working together in making reflective decisions, thus creating an environment where children love to learn and teachers love to teach.

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Latest News

Picture Day is Coming!

Wednesday, October 5th is Picture Day!  Order forms are on there way to your home but you can also place your order online at mylifetouch.com.  This picture day ID is PM016270Q0.

If you have any questions regarding orders, please contact Lifetouch at http://contact.lifetouch.com.



New Optional School Uniform Available Now!

Lands’ End is now our school uniform source and Alta Vista has some great new options for the 2016-17 school year.  You can order yours online now.  Just click the banner below.


Student Registration

Student Registration

Students may be registered in the office during the following times:

10:00am – 12:00pm

1:00pm – 2:00pm

The following forms are needed to register your child:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Blue Immunization Card
  • Physical Form from Doctor
  • 2 Proofs of Resident Address

You may also visit the Parent Portal at any time to begin the registration process. Click here to do so. Once you have completed the online process, bring in your confirmation number, as well as, the items listed above to the office.


Title I Information

Information about the District Parent Involvement Plan, School Improvement Plan, Alta Vista Parent Involvement Plan, SPAR report, Parent Involvement Resource Centers, and more are available in the front office in the Parent Involvement Notebook, as well as in the Title I section of this website.  Copies are available upon request in the front office.

Car Riders

No students are to be on campus before 7:30AM, as there is no supervision. Breakfast service will now take place in the classroom beginning at 7:55AM.

Car Riders are assigned a number. This number is to be displayed on the window of the car for pickup.

Car riders are to be picked up beginning at 2:55p.m. All car riders should be picked up before 3:20p.m. After 3:20p.m. students will be in the office. Parents will have to park and go to office to get students.

Thank you, Mr. Segers!

Mr. Segers recently visited Alta Vista Elementary School and donated over 300 neckties to our Hornets to Men program. We are grateful for his contribution to our students.


Rising Above the Challenges

by Herbert Woodard, Dean (Administrative Assistant at Alta Vista Elementary

In today’s highly competitive society, students need more than the basic subject areas to make it. Technological skills and inspiration is a requirement to rise above their challenging circumstances. At Alta Vista Elementary, the students are meeting the challenges. Led by principal, Mrs. Nikeshia Leatherwood there have been changes made to ensure student academic improvement as well as student enthusiasm for learning.

The Hornets to Men program has been extended to 4th and 5th grade boys to prepare them for success in middle and high school and beyond. Students need to see what success looks like in their own community to believe that it is possible for them. Many students aspire to be what they see on television and social media but have no idea of how to become those things. The Hornets to Men program changes that through the 5 P’s. It teaches young men how to become successful by preparation, proper presentation, positivity, participation in extra-curricular events, and performance.

Hornets to Men meetings are held monthly and students get to ask successful mentors from their surrounding community questions about their trials and triumphs like Haines City Manager, Jonathan Evans (pictured on the upper left with students) and former professional basketball player turned successful multiple business owner, Mr. George Tinsley (pictured in the upper right corner picture with 5th grade male students and lower right with Administrative Assistant (Dean), Herbert Woodard II, Alta Vista Principal, Mrs. Nikeshia Leatherwood, and Mr. Tinsley). Students get to find out in person what it takes to rise above their circumstances and how to become successful adults in these inspirational and informative meetings.

Alta Vista is also rising to the challenge in the area of computer based differentiated instruction. Students learn at different paces so it is important to have computer software technology utilized in the classroom that allows students to work at an appropriate and individualized paced. Mrs. Chumney’s class was just nationally recognized in a recent competition that ranked the top performing classrooms in America using their Achieve3000 computer software program (Mrs. Chumney is pictured with her students on the bottom left picture).

The phrase, “alta vista” translated from Spanish to English means “ view from above.” In order to get a view from above that means those things must rise. Expectations must rise. Student achievement must rise. Excitement and enthusiasm about education must rise. Alta Vista Elementary is one school that is rising above the challenges to meet the demands for direction and dedication for the next generation of learners.




Upcoming Events

all-day Early School Dismissal
Early School Dismissal
Oct 5 all-day
Additional Information: Schools throughout Polk County will dismiss students 2.5 hours early.r
all-day FTE Week
FTE Week
Oct 10 – Oct 14 all-day
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all-day Teacher Work Day
Teacher Work Day
Oct 17 all-day
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all-day Grades Due
Grades Due
Oct 21 all-day
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all-day WE3 Expo @ The Lakeland Center
WE3 Expo @ The Lakeland Center
Nov 3 – Nov 5 all-day
Description of Event: Thursday r Additional Information: The WE3 EXPO is a groundbreaking showcase of elementary, middle, high and adult schools! Local business and industry professionals partner with Polk County Public Schools to create the[...]
all-day Holiday
Nov 11 all-day
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Alta Vista Elementary


801 Scenic Highway Haines City, FL 33844

School Hours: 7:55-3:00 Phone: (863) 421-3235