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Advancement via Individual Determination - AVID

AVID is an acclaimed nationwide program designed to assist students in meeting the challenges inherent in education and attaining the dream of a college degree. AVID is designed to increase school-wide learning and performance. The mission of AVID is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

AVID Goals at Menlo-Atherton High School
Our AVID goals are to provide academic instruction and other support to students to prepare them for success in four-year colleges and universities, to improve student organizational and critical-thinking skills, to increase student involvement in community service, to prepare and support students for success in the most rigorous high school courses, and to empower students to achieve academic excellence.

Students take an AVID class as part of their seven-period day. Students learn to read critically, take notes across the curriculum, develop writing skills for all classes, and participate in group learning activities with tutors. In class, students prepare for college entrance exams, such as the SAT and ACT and visit college campuses in both Northern and Southern California. Students develop interpersonal relationships, enhance self-reliance, and participate in extracurricular and community activities.

The AVID Student Profile

     Students have academic potential and score average to high on tests

     Students have a 2.0-3.5 grade point average

     Students demonstrate desire, determination, and good work habits

     Students have a good attendance record and behave appropriately in the classroom

     Students' goal is to reach college

     Students are willing to commit to studying and doing homework each night.

The AVID Student Criteria
     Students must meet ONE or more of the following criteria:

     Be the first in their immediate families to attend college or university

     Be part of a group that is historically underrepresented in four-year colleges

     Be from a low-income family

     Have other circumstances that necessitate the program (i.e.: foster youth, families in transition, migrant, single parent families, small or homeschooled)


For application information or questions, please contact Erika Shepard, AVID Program Coordinator, or fax 650-306-1725.