Alta Vista Alternative High School/La Cuesta Continuation High School

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Principal's Message

The mission of Santa Barbara Unified School District is: “Every child, every chance, every day.” It does not say, “most children, most chances, most days.” Alternative education options allows us to meet the needs of students that are not being met at a traditional school.


In Santa Barbara Unified School District, we have the opportunity to provide multiple alternative education options for our students.


Alta Vista Alternative High School (AVAHS) is an alternative school of choice that includes four different programs of study at five different locations. We are here to serve our community and our students by providing educational options to students. Our mission is to provide individualized education that empowers students to become lifelong learners who fully realize their potential and discover meaning, purpose, and fulfillment in life.


La Cuesta Continuation High School (LCCHS) is a comprehensive continuation high school located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. Our mission is to provide each student with a diverse education in a safe, supportive environment that promotes self-discipline, motivation, and excellence in learning.  The LCCHS team joins the parents and community to support students in developing skills to become resilient, self-sufficient citizens who will succeed and contribute responsibly in a global community.  LCCHS students are encouraged to improve their attendance, stretch their academic limits, and develop a positive outlook toward school, postsecondary learning and career opportunities.