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AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)
AVID Administrator: Dagny Waldeland


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 Counselor: Jackie Vertigan

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 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

AVID Site Team Math: Joe Henry
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

AVID Elective Teacher:Tanya Hodge
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 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

AVID Elective Teacher: Erick Taggart
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

AVID Site Team Science: Mick Hamilton
2.0 to 3.5 grade point average (GPA)

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


AVID Coordinator & Elective Teacher: Katie Allebach
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 2015
AVID Retreat September 2015

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 2015
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.