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What is AVID?

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.

How AVID Works

AVID brings research‐based strategies and curriculum to educational institutions in elementarysecondary, and higher education. The AVID System annually provides more than 30,000 educators with training and methodologies that develop students’ critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas throughout the entire campus, in what we call Schoolwide AVID.


  • 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

As a result, policymakers and educators now consider AVID's mission to be an essential strategy for closing the achievement gap, making college access and success available to all students. 



Avid contact information

Contact Sharon Homich  Sharon Homich English Teacher / AVID Teacher / Dept. Chair
Contact Liz Jensen  Liz Jensen Counselor (GR-MI, AVID)
Contact Mack Jones  Mack Jones Social Studies / AVID Teacher / Dept. Chair
Contact Heather Leonard  Heather Leonard Science / AVID Teacher / Dept. Chair
Contact Christina Mitsiopoulos  Christina Mitsiopoulos English / AVID Coordinator & Teacher
Contact Tracy Ruiz  Tracy Ruiz English Teacher / AVID Teacher
Contact Brittany Wensky  Brittany Wensky Science / AVID Teacher
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The AVID Elective Class

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.