AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a nationally recognized, certified program that has been at Woodside since 1997. The mission statement of AVID seems simple: To close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. But in reality, preparing students for success takes a lot of work from a dedicated team that includes teachers, students, families, and the community.
AVID is an academic elective class during the school day. The three main components of the program are:
Academic instruction: The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and senior high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is driven by the WICOR method, which stands forwriting, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading.
Tutorial support: 40% of a student's time in an AVID elective class is spent in collaborative tutorial groupsthat are led by trained AVID tutors.
Motivational activities: AVID is, at its core, a family on-campus. Students engage in class-level and cross-level team builders. In addition to these, students in all grade levels of AVID have the opportunity to visit multiple college campuses during the year, listen to guest speakers, and participate in comminity service projects.
The "Ideal" AVID Student:
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 (Ideally between 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
Other Special Circumstances
The Application Process:
AVID accepts new 9th, 10th, and 11th graders each year.
If you are interested in applying, or learning more, please contact Pilla Zargar, the AVID Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are also available as downloads (see below).
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
Sacramento State University
San Francisco State University
San Jose State University
CSU Monterey Bay
Sonoma State University