AVID is an internationally acclaimed college preparatory program dedicated to helping students who show four year college potential, but desire a support program to ensure their qualifications for and enrollment in a university. AVID curriculum focuses on study skills, including Cornell note-taking, reading comprehension strategies, and test preparation. In-class tutorials are conducted twice a week, with peer tutors coordinating small, collaborative study groups. Guest speakers highlighting college and career possibilities are an integral part of the program. Students are accepted into the program as 9th or 10th graders through an interview/screening process and are expected to continue in the program through their senior year. The senior year AVID curriculum is A-G approved as meeting the “G” requirement – College Prep Elective.
To apply, contact a current AVID teacher for more information.
Grade level: 9 – 12. Length 3-4 years
Prerequisite: Counselor or Teacher recommendation, AVID interview, minimum of 2.0 GPA
What AVID is...
- AVID is an acronym that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.
- AVID is an in-school academic support program for grades 7-12 that prepares students for college eligibility and success.
- AVID places academically average students in advanced classes and helps them succeed.
- AVID levels the playing field for minority, rural, low-income and other students without a college-going tradition in their families.
- AVID is for all students, but it targets those in the academic middle.
- AVID is implemented school-wide and districtwide.
What AVID isn't...
- AVID isn't a remedial program
- AVID isn't a free ride
- AVID isn't a niche program
- AVID isn't a college outreach program
Milpitas High School AVID Contacts
AVID Coordinator: Liza Gable-Ferguson [email protected]
Class of 2016: Renee Roche [email protected]
Class of 2017: Casandra Parada [email protected]
Class of 2018: Frank Castro [email protected]
The AVID Site Team
The principal and assigned administrator provides instructional support and allocates the resources AVID needs (e.g., time and staff).
Guidance counselors and AVID teachers work together to:
- Enroll students in the rigorous courses they need for college.
- Fill out college and financial aid applications.
- Serve as site team coordinators and instructional leaders;
- Oversee the AVID program and share its techniques with other teachers.
AVID site team:
- Enjoy collaborative problem solving with their colleagues.
- Serve as a student advocate and is a proponent of equitable access to rigorous curriculum and programs.
- Provide academic support for their students.
Attention Junior Athletes!
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Seniors and Senior Parents:
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