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.

Application & Timeline

  • January 27, 2018 - all middle school applications are due to middle school office
  • Date TBD - Middle school students will be notified about interviews
  • Date TBD - MV teachers interview middle school students at KMS and LMS at 7:45 a.m.
  • Date TBD - Make-up interviews at Monta Vista office at 3:45 p.m.
  • Date TBD - Acceptance email will be sent out

Download the Application for AVID, then turn it in to your Middle School Office.

AVID by Grade Level

9th Grade

Freshman year AVID is an introduction to the basic skills students will be practicing and developing in their AVID class over the course of the next four years: critical reading, writing, note taking, planning and organization. Students are introduced to the various processes and procedures of the AVID class, including collaborative “Tutorials” twice a week, Cornell note taking and Friday binder checks. Students also familiarize themselves with the Monta Vista environment through a variety of activities. In addition they will begin the journey leading ultimately to the college application process Senior year. In this year, and in each proceeding year, students will also visit at least one college campus via an AVID field trip.

10th Grade

Sophomore year AVID builds on - and reinforces - the skills and processes introduced Freshman year. Reading and writing increase in complexity, and students continue to work on deconstructing prompts and responding critically and appropriately. Students will continue the college application journey, but the focus will shift to more of the nuts-and-bolts of preparing for the college application process. They will also begin exploring potential colleges based on their career interests explored during Freshman year.

11th Grade

Junior year continues with the standard AVID skill-building and reinforcement. Again, reading and writing - and research - tasks become more demanding, and students' skills become more developed. The focus of the college application process shifts to even more practical aspects such as SAT prep, gathering potential references, building up a list of potential colleges, writing college essays, and, towards the end of the year, entering data into Naviance in preparation for the following Fall.

12th Grade

Again, senior year builds on the skills students have practiced over the past four years. First semester, students work on the actual college application process, including plenty of time in the Library actually filling out applications. Seniors are invited to the Fall college visit, though not the Spring trip. Second semester, students finish up the college application process, work on financial aid, and, finally, choose a college. The year concludes with a variety of practical “how-to” lessons on the day-to-day logistics of college life.

Characteristics of an AVID Student

  • First, and foremost, solid commitment to the AVID program for all 4 years
  • You often earn Bs, Cs, or Ds on your report cards, but your grades don't reflect how well you know the material
  • You have solid understanding of basic content
  • You are interested in learning new study methods and habits
  • You would like to be more organized
  • You have a generally positive attitude/outlook about school
  • You consistently get along well with classmates and work with others
  • You demonstrate a desire to learn/improve/succeed
  • You are willing to take notes in all of your classes
  • You want to attend a 4-year college and have a realistic potential to do so
  • You are not likely served via other MVHS support programs
  • You may not have support at home for academic and college planning

Staff Directory

Coscia, Jessica 366-7616 AVID Co-Coordinator, Guidance Rep
Flores, Nico 366-7609 Assistant Principal, AVID Admin. Liaison 
Hajjarian, Pooya 366-7600 x8879 AVID Co-Coordinator, Biology, Sheltered Biology
Jariwala, Monica 366-7600 x8831 AVID 11, Contemporary Literature, Mythology
McCracken, Elizabeth 366-7600 x8862 AVID 10, Chemistry Honors
Parfet, McKenna 366-7618 College and Career Center Advisor
Rose, Lynn 366-8892 AVID 9, Literature/Writing
Victorine, Scott 366-7600 x8898 AVID 12, AP Economics, World Core