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AVID Elementary

By teaching and reinforcing academic behaviors and higher-level thinking at a young age, AVID Elementary teachers create a ripple effect in later grades. Elementary students develop the academic habits they will need to be successful in middle school, high school, and college, in an age-appropriate and challenging way. Children learn about organization, study skills, communication, and self-advocacy. AVID Elementary students take structured notes and answer and ask high-level questions that go beyond routine answers.

The strong college-going culture on an AVID Elementary campus encourages students to think about their college and career plans. Schools cover their walls with college pennants and banners, and educators speak about their college experiences. College and careers are no longer foreign concepts, and teachers provide the academic foundation students need to be on a path for college and career success. AVID Elementary closes the opportunity gap before it begins.

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AVID Secondary

Our nation’s schools are full of students who possess a desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard, but many of them do not have the skills needed to be college-ready. AVID Secondary equips teachers and schools with what they need to help these students succeed on a path to college and career success.

To address this need, AVID has developed the AVID Elective course. For one period a day, students receive the additional academic, social, and emotional support that will help them succeed in their school’s most rigorous courses. Districts have the flexibility to decide how many AVID Elective classes to start and which grade levels will implement AVID first.

The power of AVID Secondary is the ability to impact students in the AVID Elective class and all students throughout the campus. AVID Secondary can have an effect on the entire school by providing classroom activities, teaching practices, and academic behaviors that can be incorporated into any classroom to improve engagement and success for all students. Teachers can take what they've learned at AVID training back to any classroom to help all students, not just those in AVID, to become more college- and career-ready.

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Shorecliffs Middle School 3rd Annual College & Career Day – March 26, 2019



AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a nonprofit, established in 1980, that changes lives by helping schools shift to a more equitable, student-centered approach. AVID trains more than 70,000 educators annually to close the opportunity gap, so they can prepare all students for college, careers, and life. AVID is implemented in more than 6,400 schools in 47 states across the U.S., plus schools in the Department of Defense Education, Canada, and Australia. AVID impacts nearly 2 million students in grades K–12 and 50 postsecondary institutions.  By partnering with AVID, schools receive professional development, a suite of resources, and ongoing support to ensure a lasting impact that maximizes their return on investment. AVID is not “one more thing to do”—our work with schools aligns with their goals to accelerate and enhance the work that is already happening.

AVID Schools:
  • Aliso Niguel High School
  • Don Juan Avila Middle School
  • Capistrano Valley High School
  • RH Dana Elementary
  • Dana Hills High School
  • Carl Hankey K-8
  • Kinoshita Elementary
  • Ladera Ranch Middle School
  • Marco Forster Middle School
  • Fred Newhart Middle School
  • Niguel Hills Middle School
  • San Clemente High School
  • San Juan Hills High School
  • San Juan Elementary
  • Shorecliffs Middle School
  • Vista del Mar Middle School