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Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a four year academic elective designed to prepare students for the rigors of a four year college education. AVID students remain with the same teacher for all four years, receiving instruction in organization, test taking, public speaking, and writing. Students also participate in tutorials twice weekly in core academic subjects. Over 90% of all AVID students go 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.

For information regarding the AVID program, please contact the PVPHS AVID coordinator Mike Spalding
What is AVID?
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a global nonprofit organization that 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 kindergarten through higher education system brings research-based curriculum and strategies to students each day that develop critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas.
AVID Tutorials
Tutorials and tutors play a vital role in the AVID Elective class, while also benefiting other content-area classes in a school. As a key component to the collaboration portion of the AVID System, tutorials are a time and place where students come with complex questions from any content class and get guiding support to confront tough problems and solve them within their own means. Using their knowledge and experience, AVID-trained tutors are able to conduct collaborative tutorials that lead to increased student participation and success. Trained tutors are able to create an environment where students feel comfortable asking the questions that they might be embarrassed to ask in their content-area classrooms. Tutors are essential to the success of AVID, acting as a resource and role model 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 its sites, AVID affects leadership, systems, instruction, and culture.

For more information, please visit or contact Peninsula's AVID coordinator Mike Spalding  at