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AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a four-year elective class, customized for the Monta Vista community, for students who are serious about succeeding in high school and college. Our goal is to provide capable students with the support to thrive in any curriculum and course they desire to take through developing and practicing useful academic skills. The class is composed of classwork led by the AVID teacher and tutorial groups led by high school tutors.

AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. To learn more about the program, visit www.avid.org.

Monta Vista AVID is a four-year program for students who possess the motivation and the raw ability to succeed in high school and college, but appear to lack the consistent study habits and academic skills they need to make the most of their abilities. The goal of the program is to provide a targeted group of these already-capable students with the guidance and support they need to succeed at Monta Vista.  AVID methodologies focus on writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading. Several benefits await prospective AVID students. AVID is a “class community” composed of peers, teachers and tutors geared towards encouraging academic and personal success.  We have created a supportive community environment to allow a consistent source of support for all four years of high school with the same AVID teacher. AVID teachers coach students through high school course selection, high stakes test preparation, and college applications.  As an integral part of the program, AVID students are guided through the college selection/application process, and are expected to apply to and attend a four-year college.

For more information please see the AVID parent night slideshow.

Staff Directory

Bana, Sushma 366-7600 x8850 AVID 9, AP Physics 1


Carpenter, Mark 366-7600 x8851 AVID 10, World Studies, American Literature Honors


Flores, Nico 366-7609 Assistant Principal, AVID Admin. Liaison 
Jariwala, Monica 366-7600 x8831 AVID 10, Contemporary Literature, Mythology
Rose, Lynn 366-8892 AVID 11, AVID Coordinator, Literature/Writing