Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

AVID Coordinator
AVID Class of 2021: Jennifer Egan
Room: 401
Phone: 310-378-8471 Ext. 701
AVID Teacher,  AVID Class of 2018: Tamara Sheridan
Room: 413
Phone: 310-378-8471 Ext. 713 
AVID Teacher, AVID Class of 2019:
Alex Morales
Room: 517
Phone: 310-378-8471 Ext. 517 
AVID Teacher, AVID Class of 2020:
Gailene Lancey
Room: 402
Phone: 310-378-8471 Ext. 703 
Email: lanceyg@pvpusd.netPVHS Avid Graduates

AVID Presentation

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

  • RIS 9:00-9:35
  • MIS 10:30-11:05
  • PVIS 11:35-12:10

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.

  • February 6, 7-8 pm @ Palos Verdes High School MPR
  • February 13, 7-8 pm @ Peninsula High School PAC

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
PVHS Interviews:
February 27, 9:00-12:20 @ Palos Verdes Intermediate School
February 22, 8:00-8:45 @ Ridgecrest Intermediate School
February 22, 9:30-12:25 @ Miraleste Intermediate School


PVHS AVID studentsAdvancement 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.

AVID Curriculum

AVID students are encouraged to enroll in the most rigorous classes. They are given the goal of enrolling in at least 1 honors course by sophomore year and 1 AP course by senior year. Concurrently, students enroll in the AVID elective class that meets every other day on the block schedule. The college readiness curriculum is driven by the WICOR method: writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading. College test preparation is emphasized in the freshman, sophomore, and junior curriculum. Students prepare for the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), and American College Test (ACT) in AVID with the support of outside test preparation companies such as Blue Train Tutoring and Study Hut Tutoring.

College research is integral to the curriculum. The AVID elective team organizes two college visits per year. These trips are open to all AVID students. The AVID curriculum includes student research and presentations on diverse colleges. The AVID 10 curriculum includes Road Trip Nation, a career exploration program. In addition, the AVID 11 and AVID 12 curriculums focus on preparing college applications, letters of recommendation, writing personal statements/ college entrance essays and researching scholarship opportunities. All AVID 12 students are expected to take either the SAT or ACT as well as submit at least one 4-year university application.

AVID Faculty
One key to a successful AVID program is a site coordinator/teacher who works well with the faculty, the staff, and the tutors. The site coordinator and the AVID elective teachers strive to meet the needs of the students by coordinating AVID methodology school wide, organizing the AVID curriculum and activities, and placing students on a college preparatory curriculum. The AVID elective team guides the students through the college application process.

AVID Tutor
Tutors are essential to the success of the AVID elective class because they aid students accessing rigorous curriculum.

The tutors (college students and graduates) receive formal training from the AVID District Director. As a result, they are well-qualified and excellent role models for students in the AVID program. 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. Additionally, AVID elective teachers and tutors also offer study hall the weekend before semester finals.

AVID Parent
AVID parents support their students by encouraging academic achievement. They participate in site team meetings, as well as maintain regular contact with the elective teachers and the AVID coordinator. AVID family events draw many parents and students to participate.

AVID Site Team
AVID elective teachers, administrators, counselors, content teachers, students, parents, and tutors make up the site team. The site team meets monthly to evaluate and make improvements to the AVID program. Additionally, the team works to ensure annual certification.

AVID Student Support
The AVID elective teacher and counselor monitor the students’ four-year plans, ensuring that every AVID student meets the A-G requirements, are on track for four-year university admittance and complete at least one 4-year university application.