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AVID 8th Grade Recruitment 2023

AVID is a 4-year high school program for students in the academic middle who want to improve their performance in school through structured support and guidance. AVID is NOT for for straight A students or for students who are failing many classes. It is a 4-year program for students who typically earn Bs and Cs (and sometimes As) but have the ability, the smarts and the desire to do better with a little academic coaching and support. For more information about the AVID program, please scroll towards the bottom of this page past this recruitment/application information.

Students must apply to be in AVID in their 8th grade year. Applications are due February 24, 2023 and will become available on this page starting February 10th. Applicants are carefully considered by a committee to determine if they are a good fit for the program (academic middle, desire to to do better and desire to be in the program). Aspects of the selection process include a student application, student interview, review of grades, review of iReady scores, teacher recommendations and counselor recommendation.

Below is a summary of the important events pertaining to the 2023 AVID Recruitment of 8th Graders.

Introduction to the AVID program at the middle schools on January 20th (Friday)
The AVID Coordinators from both high schools will give an overview of the AVID program to 8th graders. This presentation is for students who are interested in learning more about AVID and 8th graders who have been identified as a possible good-fit for the program by their counselor or teachers. This presentation will take place during the school day. 

AVID Family Meetings on January 31st and February 8th at 6:30 pm
AVID Coordinators will thoroughly explain the AVID program to students and their parents. Parents must attend this meeting if their 8th grader is interested in applying. Current AVID seniors who have been in the program for 4 years will be present to share their experiences and insights into AVID. There are two scheduled Family Meetings and both meetings are identical. Please attend whichever date is better for your schedule regardless of which high school you will be attending next year. Please fill out THIS FORM to receive important updates about the Family Meeting and other aspects of this year's AVID recruitment.
Attendance at one of the Family Meetings is mandatory:
  • January 31st (Tuesday), 6:30 PM @ Palos Verdes High School MPR
  • February 8th (Wednesday), 6:30 PM @ Peninsula High School PAC

Application - due February 24th by midnight - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 26th at Midnight
The link to access the AVID application for Peninsula High School's Avid Program is HERE

The AVID selection committees will hold interviews with each candidate. These interviews will take place at school, during the regular school day.
PV High Interviews
  • March 1st (Wednesday), 9:00-12:20 @ PVIS
  • March 2nd (Thursday), 8:30-9:15 @ Ridgecrest
  • March 2nd (Thursday), 10:00-12:25 @ Miraleste
Peninsula High Interviews
  • March 1st (Wednesday), 8:30-10:45 @ Miraleste
  • March 1st (Wednesday), 11:30-12:25 @ PVIS
  • March 2nd (Thursday), 9:00-12:00 @ Ridgecrest
Out of District Students - Parents of students who attend a middle school that is out of the district should email the AVID Coordinator of the high school their child will be attending next year to schedule an interview. AVID Coordinator at Peninsula High School is Mike Spalding ([email protected]) and AVID Coordinator at Palos Verdes High School is Cari Secrist ([email protected]).

AVID Acceptances
Acceptances will be emailed out by the end of April and possibly sooner.
What is AVID?
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a four-year academic elective designed specifically for students in the academic middle (not high performing and not low performing). AVID operates with one guiding principle: Hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge. AVID’s system brings research-based curriculum and strategies to students each day that develop critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas.

At PVPHS, the goal of AVID is to provide structure and support to kids in the academic middle to help them become higher achieving students and stronger applicants to four-year colleges during their senior year. AVID strives to prepare students for the rigors of a four-year college education.

Once accepted into AVID, students remain with the same AVID teacher for all four years and receive instruction focused on organization, study skills, test taking strategies, leadership opportunities, team-building, public speaking and writing. AVID students also participate in tutorials twice weekly in core academic subjects.

In non-pandemic years, over 90% of all AVID students have gone directly to 4-year colleges after graduation and are better prepared for life after high school.

Students are selected for the AVID program during 8th grade based on test scores and GPA. The ideal AVID applicants are students in the academic middle (not high performing and not low performing).
AVID Tutorials
Twice each week, AVID students attend tutorial sessions where adult AVID tutors moderate and guide small groups of students as they work through challenging questions from their content courses. Tutorials are a central component of the AVID curriculum where students learn to become stronger students through problem-solving, critical thinking and collaboration with others. Tutorials also provide direct support to students as they work to be successful in their content classes.

As a key component to the collaborative nature of AVID, students come to tutorials with questions from other content classes and receive support while they work through these challenging problems in small groups that are led by the AVID tutor. The goal of tutorial is to create an environment where students feel comfortable asking the tough questions that they may be too embarrassed to ask in their content classes. AVID tutors are essential to the success of AVID, acting as a resource and role models for AVID students both academically and socially.
AVID's Impact
For more than 30 years, AVID has prepared students for college readiness and success. From its beginnings in one classroom with 32 students in San Diego, it now impacts the lives of hundreds of thousands of students throughout the United States and the world. At PVPHS, AVID proudly and directly affects leadership opportunities, school systems, instruction and culture.
More Info
For more information, please visit or contact Peninsula's AVID Coordinator Mike Spalding  at [email protected]