AVID Class of 2017: Jennifer Egan
Phone: 310-378-8471 Ext. 701
AVID Teacher, AVID Class of 2018: Tamara Sheridan
Phone: 310-378-8471 Ext. 713
AVID Teacher, AVID Class of 2019:
Phone: 310-378-8471 Ext. 517
AVID Teacher, AVID Class of 2016:
Phone: 310-378-8471 Ext. 703
2018-2019 Recruitment Information
PVHS AVID is looking for 8th graders with a desire to academically grow and achieve. AVID targets students in the academic middle. Interested students must provide a portfolio application, teacher recommendations and a transcript that includes the most recent GPA and standardized scores. In addition, interested students must participate in an interview.
January 31 – PVHS Open House: AVID Informational meeting in room 401
February 1 – 8th grade orientation meetings with AVID coordinators
February 6 & 13 – The AVID coordinators will hold family meetings at the high schools to explain the program and the recruitment process. Attendance at one of these meetings is mandatory. Portfolio applications will be distributed at these meeting.
The AVID coordinators will explain the program and recruitment process during the following mandatory family meetings (applicants must attend one). Portfolio applications will be distributed.
February 20 – Applications due to the 8th grade counselors
February 21-22: Interviews
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
AVID is a program targeting the academic middle students. It serves over 19% of the PVHS student body. PVHS AVID recruits 8th graders with a target GPA range of 2.5 to 3.0 who have the desire to go to college as well as the willingness to work hard. These students have the capability of completing a rigorous curriculum. However, in middle school they were falling short of their potential. AVID increases rigor by providing a challenging curriculum, teaching study skills and organization as well as offering academic support. As a result, students in the PVHS AVID program maintain an average GPA of 3.3 with 89% passing all of their classes with C’s or better. 46% of juniors and seniors have taken at least 1 advanced placement class.
AVID students have the opportunity to enroll in some of the most difficult classes, which include honors and Advanced Placement. Concurrently, they enroll in the AVID elective class. During the AVID elective class, which meets every other day on the block schedule, students learn organizational and study skills. In addition, they work on critical thinking skills by learning to ask probing questions, receive academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college attainable. At the same time, their self-images improve, and they learn to become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.
The college readiness curriculum is driven by the WICOR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading. Each grade level reads 1-2 novels per year. Novel units include class discussion, research and writing. Also, student presentation skills are honed in monthly Socratic seminars and philosophical chairs. Students master note-taking skills since Cornell notes is an essential component of the AVID curriculum. Student notes are assessed every two weeks.
One cornerstone of the curriculum is tutorial. Students collaborate, with the aid of a tutor or teacher facilitator, to master difficult concepts from their core classes. Students participate in tutorial 3 out of 5 classes.
College test preparation is emphasized in the freshman, sophomore and junior curriculum. Students prepare for the PSAT, PLAN, SAT and ACT in AVID class with the support of outside test preparation companies such as Blue Train Tutoring and Study Hut Tutoring.
College research is integral to the curriculum. Students have the opportunity to take two college trips per year. Each trip catalogs 2-5 colleges. Also, every year, students complete research projects about colleges. The goal of the program is that each student identifies a dream college and works toward attaining admission. In junior and senior years, students complete college applications and essays.
Career exploration is encouraged through the Road Trip Nation curriculum in the sophomore year. In addition, the guest speaker series invites community members to share insights about their professions as well as about their career paths. Finally, AVID 11 and 12 spend significant class time working on their Capstones, which is a two-year career focused project.
One key to a successful AVID program is a site coordinator/teacher who works well with the faculty, the staff, and tutors. The site coordinator and the AVID elective teachers strive to meet the needs of the students by coordinating AVID methodology school wide, by organizing the AVID curriculum and activities, and by placing students on a college preparatory curriculum. The AVID elective team guides the students through the college application process.
Tutors are essential to the success of the AVID elective class, where they facilitate student access to rigorous curriculum. The tutors, college students and graduates, receive formal training from a site tutor trainer. As a result, they are excellent role models for students in the AVID program. Some of the AVID graduates often return to the program as tutors.
AVID parents support their students by encouraging them to achieve academically. They participate in the site team meetings as well as maintain regular contact with the elective teachers and AVID coordinator. Many parents and students participate in AVID family events (i.e.: September parent night, car wash and banquet).
AVID Site Team
AVID elective teachers, administrators, counselors, content teachers, AVID students, parents and tutors make up the Site Team. The site team meets once a month to give and get information from all stakeholders in efforts to constantly improve the AVID program.
Additionally, the team works to ensure annual certification.
AVID Student Support
AVID students have access to tutoring outside of the classroom. Tutors are available before school once a week to help the students with any concept they are struggling with. Content teachers provide AVID tutorial style tutoring the week before semester finals. Additionally, AVID elective teachers and tutors also offer study hall the weekend before semester finals. Finally, the tutors serve as mentors to small groups of students in each AVID class. Through this mentor relationship, the tutor provides one-on-one monitoring and coaching of each student. The AVID elective teacher and counselor monitor the students’ four-year plans, ensuring that every AVID student meets the A-G requirements and is on track for four-year university admittance.