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AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)
AVID Counselor: Jackie Vertigan


Open to: 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students, by recommendation of school staff

Length: 4 years - Year-long Class

Prerequisite: Middle School AVID and/or interview and application process

AVID Coordinator: Katie Allebach

AVID is a nationally recognized program that supports students who have shown academic promise but need preparation for college. Students gain academic skills and are supported in their other courses by the teacher and special tutors. There is an expectation that students

AVID Elective Teacher:Tanya Hodge
will take advanced placement and honors courses with assistance as they progress through the grades at South High. Students stay in the program for their four years of high school. AVID class meets five hours per week. There is an emphasis on analytical writing, preparation for college entrance exams, study skills and test taking, note taking and research. Students receive two hours of instruction per week in college entry skills, two hours per week in tutor-led study groups, and one hour per week team building and motivational activities.

AVID is an in-school academic 4 year support program that prepares students in the academic middle for college eligibility and success. AVID‘s target population are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling

AVID Elective Teacher: Erick Taggart
short of their potential. AVID addresses the needs of the least served and disadvantaged students who have no experience in the traditional college preparatory program. Not only are students enrolled in challenging classes such as honors and advanced placement, but also

in the AVID elective class. For one period a day, they learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable.

AVID student profile: 

Average to high test scores

2.0 to 3.5 grade point average (GPA)

AVID Coordinator & Elective Teacher: Katie Allebach

Good attendance

College potential with support

Capable of completing a rigorous curriculum

Has the motivation and desire to prepare for entrance into a 4 year college

Meets one or more of the following criteria:

• First in family to attend college

• Belongs to an ethnic group traditionally underrepresented in college

• Low income
• Faces special circumstances that may be obstacles to achievement


Meet the tutors 2016-17
AVID Retreat September 2016

AVID students spent the day at Corcoran Park completing a series of challenges and team building activities set up by Project Success. 

AVID Family Night September 2016
AVID Sidewalk Scribes September

AVID Seniors and Juniors mentor AVID Freshmen in scribing their dreams and inspirational quotes on the sidewalk outside of door 15.