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What is "AVID"?Top of Page

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a nationally recognized, certified program that has been at Woodside since 1997. AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

AVID I, II, III and IV are college prep elective courses.Top of Page

Students earn 10 credits per year in courses that are approved by the University of California

as “G” electives.


The Program:

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

Academic instruction: The AVID curriculum is driven by the WICOR method,

which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading.
 Career Exploration and College Readiness: Students research careers, colleges, and
admissions requirements. In addition to free SAT prep, AVID students have access to
individualized support as they apply to colleges, financial aid programs, and scholarships.
Tutorial support: 40% of a student's time in an AVID elective class is spent in
collaborative tutorial groups similar to study groups used in college.
Motivational activities: AVID is, at its core, a family on campus.
 Students engage in class-level and cross-level team builders. Students in all grade levels have
the opportunity to visit college campuses during the year, listen to guest speakers, and
participate in community service projects.

The "Ideal" AVID Student:Top of Page

AVID students are students in the middle, capable of completing a college preparatory path with support. These students often are not realizing their full potential academically. In the identification process a number of criteria are considered, including:

  • GPA (Minimum: 2.0-3.5)
  • Citizenship (No serious discipline issues allowed)
  • Attendance (Good attendance is a must)
  • Desire and Determination
  • First in the Family to Attend College
  • Historically Underrepresented in 4-year colleges/universities
  • Economically Disadvantaged
  • Other Special Circumstances

Applying to AVIDTop of Page

AVID accepts new 9th, 10th, and 11th graders each year. Applicants should submit their applications before June 8, 2018 for priority consideration. 
Current WHS Freshmen and Sophomores: Return your completed application to or to Ms. Vasquez (Room D-9).

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Lisa Vasquez, the AVID Coordinator, at


Contact AVID teachers or coordinatorTop of Page

To email individual AVID teachers

9th grade AVID I:
Ms. Kathleen Coughlin
Mr. Hadi Kaddoura

10 grade AVID II:
Ms. Amy Hanson

11th grade AVID III:

Ms. Lisa Camera
Ms. Briana Lee

12th grade AVID IV:
Email Me a Copy
I'm not a Robot.
Thank you for your submission.

Pictures of AVID studentsTop of Page

MESA day participants 3-3-2012

MESA day medal winners 3-3-2012

Students on a campus tour of UCSC (2014)

Students posing at USC 3-7-15

Classroom Activity: Listening & Speaking through Speed-Dating

Day-Trip to UC Merced / CSU Stanislaus

AVID Class of 2015 AcceptancesTop of Page

Our AVID graduates from this year received many acceptance letters, but ultimately chose to attend the following four-year colleges:

Holy Names University
Oregon State University
UC Santa Cruz
UC Riverside
Sacramento State University
San Francisco State University
San Jose State University
CSU Eastbay
CSU Chico
CSU Stanislaus
CSU Monterey Bay
Sonoma State University

Staff RosterTop of Page

Ext: 49656 
Ext: 49602 
Ext: 49642 
Ext: 49660 
Ext: 49692 
Ext: 49667 
Ext: 49669 
AVID IV, and Coordinator
Ext: 49691