AVID Program Contacts

Courtney Harrell
AVID Coordinator
Matt Mahan
AVID Administrator
Stephanie Cornelio
AVID Counselor  

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PCHS AVID Program             

What is AVID? Click to Learn More

The AVID Program (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is designed to increase school wide learning and performance. The mission of AVID focuses on providing access to four-year colleges for students in the middle, capable of completing a college preparatory path, so that they achieve success in a rigorous curriculum. With AVID as their tool, and PCHS parents and families as their partners, district educators move cohorts of high school students successfully through the state's most demanding courses and into college. AVID schools support students through an academic elective class and supports educators through professional development and team planning. 

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AVID students at PCHS will:

    • Attend an AVID elective class

    • Enroll in one or more honors and/or advanced placement courses

    • Take an active role in AVID activities that support post-secondary planning, such as tutorials, college visits, etc.

Student Selection

Students are invited into the AVID Program based on criteria such as application, interview,grades, attendance, behavior, and advanced course enrollment. AVID focuses on mid-performing students, especially those at-risk of underachievement, who are capable of completing the college preparatory path with additional support.

AVID Objectives 

  • To provide academic instruction and other support to students and to prepare them for eligibility to four-year colleges and universities

  • To give students college level entry skills

  • To increase the "coping skills" of program participants

  • To motivate program students to seek a college education

  • To increase the participants' levels of awareness 

AVID Activities

  • Learning with college tutors 

  • Writing for all classes

  • Applying for college

  • Preparing for a professional career

  • Visiting college campuses

  • Interacting with guest speakers

  • Participating in extracurricular and community activities. 

AVID Academic Benefits 

Students benefit academically from: 
    • Curricular support 

    • Support class focused on rigor 

    • Structured tutorials 

    • Redefined academic peer group 

    • Emphasis on study skills, organization, goal setting, time management—connected to academics 

    • Accountability

Ideal AVID Student

​Potential AVID Student

​Not an AVID Student

  • ​Positive attitude with a willingness to develop  “Student Success” skills 

  • Desire and determination to   be successful 

  • Good Behavior 

  • Average test scores in at    least one or more areas.      For example: an Ideal AVID student may be advanced in Math, but partially proficient high in reading

  • Potentially first generation college student

  • Fits into one or more of the achievement gap areas

  • Could handle advanced classes with support

​These students show some of  the characteristics of an     ideal AVID student, yet these other qualities could apply:

  • High test scores, but low grades

  • Low test scores with A/B grades

  • ​A straight “A” student that is already in advanced classes

  • A student with behavior problems

  • A student with a poor attitude and/or is unwilling to work on “Student Success” skills

  • A student with attendance problems

  • Low test scores (or Advanced test scores) in every area

  • A student that simply needs organization skills or is a “messy” student. (i.e. a potential AVID student needs to meet the recruitment criteria, not just be in need of organization support.)

  • In advanced classes with a poor academic work ethic

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