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Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 (year)

Prerequisites: This course is open to 9-12 grade students most under-represented in college preparatory programs. The commitment of parent and student is required through written contract and an interview with AVID counselor and teacher.

AVID is a four year elective class for students with potential to succeed in college given extra encouragement and academic assistance. Notetaking, outlining, writing, speaking, reading, test-taking strategies, and self-awareness are stressed. To ensure their success in all of their course work, students will be coached individually and in study groups by specially trained tutors. This course will receive 10 elective credits each year.

AVID (Advanced Via Individual Determination) is designed to be a four-year elective program. Students are selected through a process that includes recommendations from the junior high schools, a student application and an interview. The profile of an AVID student is one who is currently doing adequate work in junior or senior high school and who has the potential to be accepted by at least one four-year university. Through the AVID program, students will be placed in rigorous academic classes and will have resources made available to help them succeed.

AVID classrooms focus on WICR, which stands for Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, and Reading. These are areas a student should be able to master if he/she will succeed in high school as well as college. The AVID class stresses these areas with the intention of developing better students. In addition, AVID students will utilize resources such as college placement centers, SAT study sessions, college tutors, and Socratic seminars to help them prepare for college. One of the most valuable things that AVID offers students is a twice a week tutorial where college students come into the classroom to help the students with their understanding of material in academic classes. This provides positive role models for the high school students.

AVID sets a goal that all students who participate in four years of the program will be eligible for admission to a four-year university. The current rate of high school seniors in California who have completed four years of AVID and who are eligible for admission to the University of California is approximately three times as high as those graduates who have not completed AVID. AVID is not a “miracle program.” It sets a high goal for all entering students, gives those students a rigorous curriculum, and provides resources to help the students succeed, but, as the program states, it is based upon students Individual Determination.

The fourth year of AVID, Senior Seminar, meets the “G” requirement for the U.C. system if the senior enrolled in AVID has been in the program for 3 years and is concurrently taking an A.P. or honors course.

Department Chair

Barrett, Mrs.
Teacher / Mathematics Department Chair / AVID Coordinator


Avila, Mr.
Dole, Kristina
Lopez, Mrs Emily
Seal, Todd
English Teacher / Technology Coordinator / Webmaster
Weckesser, Ms.

Non-Discrimination Statement

East Side Union High School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, parental, pregnancy, family or marital status, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. East Side Union High School District requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

Questions or complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying or title IX equity and compliance concerns should be directed to the Office of the Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services at (408) 347- 5061 or 830 N. Capitol Ave, San Jose, Ca 95133.

Declaración Contra la Discriminación

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Preparatoria East Side prohíbe la discriminación, el acoso, la intimidación y el abuso en los programas educativos, las actividades o el empleo por causas de ascendencia real o percibida, edad, color de la piel, discapacidad, género, identidad de género o expresión de género, nacionalidad, raza u origen étnico, religión, sexo, orientación sexual, estado de paternidad, embarazo o estado familiar o civil o asociación con una persona o grupo de personas con una o más de estas características reales o percibidas. El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Preparatoria East Side requiere que el personal escolar tome los pasos necesarios inmediatamente para intervenir cuando sea seguro hacerlo en caso de ser testigos de un acto de discriminación, acoso, intimidación o abuso.

Las preguntas o quejas de acusaciones de discriminación, acoso, intimidación y abuso o las preocupaciones sobre la igualdad y el cumplimiento de la ley con relación al artículo IX del Código de Educación deben ser dirigidas a la Oficina del Asistente del Superintendente para los Servicios de Enseñanza al (408) 347-5061 o a la siguiente dirección: 830 N. Capitol Ave, San José, Ca 95133.

Tuyên Bố Không Phân Biệt Đối Xử

(Non-Discrimination Statement)

Học Khu Trung Học East Side nghiêm cấm mọi hành vị kỳ thị, quấy nhiễu, hăm dọa và bắt nạt trong các chương trình giáo dục, các hoạt động hoặc trong công việc không được đặc trên cơ sở về tổ tiên, chủng tộc hoặc sắc tộc, tôn giáo, giới tính, khuynh hướng tình dục, cha mẹ, người mang thai, gia đình, hoặc tình trạng hôn nhân, hoặc liên hệ với một người hoặc một nhóm với nhiều điểm thực tế hoặc đặc điểm về nhận thức. Học Khu Trung Học East Side đòi hỏi nhân viên nhà trường phải tiến hành ngay các biện pháp can thiệp một cách an toàn khi họ chứng kiến các hành vi kỳ thị, quấu rối, hăm dọa hoặc bắt nạt.

Nếu có các câu hỏi hoặc khiếu nạo về sự phân biệt đối xử, sách nhiễu, hăm dọa và bắt nạt hoặc liên quan đến Title IX sự công bằng và tuân thủ các điều này xin qúy vị liên lạc với Văn phòng Phó Tổng Giám Đốc Đặc Trách Giáo Dục tại số điện thoại (408) 347-5061 hoặc địa chỉ 830 N. Capitol Ave, San Jose, CA 95133.