What is "AVID"?Top of Page

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.
The Program: 
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 forwritinginquirycollaborationorganization 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 (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
The Application Process:

AVID accepts new 9th, 10th, and 11th graders each year.

If you are interested in applying, or learning more, please contact Lisa Vasquez, the AVID Coordinator, at lvasquez@seq.org.

Applications are also available as downloads (see below).

AVID DocumentsTop of Page

Incoming 9th Grade Application 
Please download & print attached PDF.
Learning Logs
When Cornell Notes are not a good fit, try this reflective note-taking tool.

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. Jenny Ortez
Ms. Marissa Potts

11th grade AVID III:
Ms. Lisa Camera
Mr. Raphael Kauffmann

12th grade AVID IV and AVID Senior Seminar:
Ms Lisa Vasquez
Ms. Pirayeh Zargar
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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