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Advancement Via Individual Determination


AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. Established more than 30 years ago with one teacher in one classroom, AVID today impacts more than700,000 students in 45 states and 16 other countries/territories.   (English link)  (Spanish link)

What AVID Does

Simply, AVID trains educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.


The AVID Elective

The AVID Elective is the core of AVID Secondary. It targets students in the academic middle–B, C, and even D students–with the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and come from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential.

AVID places these students on the college track, requiring them to enroll in their school’s toughest courses, such as Honors and Advanced Placement®. To support them in the rigorous coursework, AVID students learn organizational and study skills, develop critical thinking, learn to ask probing questions, receive academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities to make their college dreams reality.


  • Teaches skills and behaviors for academic success
  • Provides intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships
  • Creates a positive peer group for students
  • Develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination


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Want to become an AVID student?

The AVID program takes new applicants every year, as space permits, into all grade levels except the senior year.  Applications for incoming 9th graders are now available!  Please read application thoroughly for directions on submitting your application! 

Word Format Application

PDF Application


Resources for AVID Students

  Ember Arteaga (626) 934-4584 English/AVID
  Pilar Robles (626) 934-4490 English/Journalism
  Ember Arteaga (626) 934-4584 English/AVID
  Ember Arteaga (626) 934-4584 English/AVID