Alta Vista Elem. & Intermediate

Hwy 522 #4 Wildcat Rd.    Phone (575) 586-0032    School hours 8:10 a.m.-3:50 p.m. (Mon-Thur)

 Principal: Michelle Gonzales

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About Us

Alta Vista Elementary & Intermediate School is located in the community of Questa.  The school building houses students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade.  Our enrollment averages to about 200 students per school year.   We service students from the communities of Questa, Cerro, Sunshine, El Rito, and Lama.  Our academic program emphasizes the spiraled curriculum provided by Everyday Mathematics as well as the strategies of the Reading First Program.  Our academic program includes instruction in Mathematics, Reading/Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Spanish LA, & English Language Development.  In addition to our academic program, students receive additional opportunities to receive instruction and experience in Physical Education, Art, Technology (Computer Skills), Library (skills) and Music.  Our students are provided with free or reduced breakfast and lunch.  To register your child at AVEIS you may do so at the Alta Vista School office or call 575•586•0032 between the hours of 7:30 am and 4:00 pm for more information.

Lexia “Waaaaaall ooooooof Fame”

Our students are participating in a research based reading program called Lexia.  Each time a student passes a level they get to sign the Waaaaaaaall ooooof FameThis is  to encourage students to meet their goal. We are so excited to see the Waaaaaall oooooof Fame filling up with signatures. 

1st 3 Signatures of Lexia's Wall of Fame

1st 3 Signatures of Lexia's Wall of Fame

Lexia's Current Hall of Fame Signatures

Lexia's Current Hall of Fame Signatures

Alta Vista Elementary & Intermediate Locker

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Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Community Members,

My name is Michelle (Aguilar) Gonzales. I am the principal at Alta Vista Elementary, Alta Vista Intermediate and Rio Costilla Southwest Learning Academy.  I am so excited to begin this journey returning to my roots, where I was raised and attended school. I am very eager to begin this new chapter in my life.  Having worked in Taos and Carlsbad for over a decade in education, has given me the background and experience to continue moving Alta Vista and Rio Costilla forward, creating a warm, safe and engaging learning atmosphere for all students.

As a UNM and NMHU graduate (AA, BA, MA) I consider myself a lifelong learner and a passionate believer of students and staff learning, to better ourselves daily. What I have learned is that each and every child deserves the best education, the most enthusiastic advocates and a passionate community to become successful citizens of Questa and beyond. I believe that we will continue to have that atmosphere and nourish it in our schools.

I already know that Alta Vista and Rio Costilla are amazing schools with students ready to learn and a community that cares for our schools and group of professionals that come second to none. I believe it is critical that we work together to ensure the success of our students and communicate with one another to combine our ideas to better our schools.

I look forward to working with you and talking about our student’s success. My door is always open, please feel free to stop by and voice your ideas or concerns.  You may contact me by email at or you can call me at (575)586-0032 ext. 3034.


Respectfully yours,

Michelle Gonzales