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AVID Recruitment Information For 2021-2022
  • Family Meetings
    Two virtual information meetings were held on 2/4 and 2/9 to explain the AVID program and the application process. Both parents and current 8th graders were encouraged to attend. AVID seniors were present to share their experiences in AVID over the past four years and answered questions about the program. Here is link to the recording of the 2/9 AVID Family Meeting: AVID Parent Night.mp4
  • Application
    Current 8th graders must apply to be in AVID by Friday, February 26
    • Application for Peninsula High’s AVID Program
    • Please note: Students can either apply to the Peninsula High AVID program or the PV High AVID program. They cannot apply to both. Therefore, students must decide which high school they will be attending next year before submitting their application.
    • Applications are due Friday, February 26
  • Interview
    The AVID teams will hold a virtual interview with each candidate. These interviews will be in March and each applicant will receive a link to sign-up for their virtual interview.
  • Teacher Feedback
    The AVID program will seek input from each applicant’s current English and Math teacher. The purpose in gathering this feedback is to determine whether the applicant is a good fit for AVID.
  • Acceptances
    Acceptances (and regrets) will be sent to applicants at the end of March.
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