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What is the AVID Program?

AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID is not just another program... at its heart, AVID is a philosophy. Hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge. 


What is the AVID Elective?

The AVID Elective is a class that meets daily. It targets students in the academic middle–B, C, and even D students–with the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and come from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential.

AVID places these students on the college track, requiring them to enroll in their school’s toughest courses, such as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate. To support them in the rigorous coursework, AVID students learn organizational and study skills, develop critical thinking, learn to ask probing questions, receive academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities to make their college dreams reality.


What is the AVID Curriculum?

Across all content areas, AVID’s research-based strategies and curriculum develop students’ academic skills such as: reading, writing, and critical thinking. Academic behaviors, including organization, time management, and goal setting, are also taught as part of the AVID System. The AVID curriculum was developed by elementary, middle, and high school educators in collaboration with college professors. Driven by the WICOR method, and based on rigorous standards, AVID’s curriculum supports high levels of academic achievement for all students and aligns to state and national content standards.


What is WICOR?

AVID’s proven learning support structure, known as WICOR , incorporates teaching/learning methodologies in the critical areas of Writing to Learn, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading to Learn. WICOR provides a learning model that educators can use to guide students in comprehending concepts and articulating ideas at increasingly complex levels (scaffolding) within developmental, general education, and discipline-based curricula. Furthermore, the WICOR model reflects and promotes the expertise and attitudes that will serve students well in their academic lives and careers. 


What role do the AVID Tutorials and Tutors play?

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 alumni who continue their education in college often return to AVID at local schools or their alma mater as tutors to continue their involvement with the AVID family.


What is the AVID Student Profile at Valencia High School?

Valencia High School encourages all qualified incoming 9th to 11th grade students to apply for the AVID Program. The AVID student is a 9th-11th grade student with academic potential who meets one or more of the following criteria:

  •  2.5 or above GPA
  • Average to above average test scores, citizenship and attendance
  • Has college potential if he/she receives the proper support
  • Has the desire and determination to go to college and must take A-G courses
  • First generation college-bound student
  • Socioeconomically disadvantaged
  • Historically, AVID students are the “least served” in four-year colleges and universities
  • May have special circumstances that hinder their ability to seek college assistance on their own


Why enter AVID at Valencia High School?

AVID's mission is to be an essential strategy for closing the achievement gap, making college access and success available to all students. Specifically, AVID:

  • Teaches skills and behaviors for academic success
  • Provides intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships
  • Creates a positive peer group for students
  • Develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination
  • Provides college students as tutors who act as role models and facilitate academic discussion in regularly scheduled tutoring sessions
  • Provides assistance and guidance in completing college applications, scholarships and securing financial aid for college
  • Enlists guest speakers who provide motivation, college and professional career information to students
  • Students participate in field trips to colleges and universities twice a year
  • Students participate in extracurricular and community events


Can you tell me more about Valencia High School's AVID program?

Valencia High School's AVID program is 17 years old. The AVID program currently serves over 265 students in grades 9 through 12. Valencia's AVID program has built strong partnerships with its feeder middle schools' AVID programs as well as local universities, such as California State University Fullerton and Hope International University. The Valencia AVID Site Team members include:

  • Ms. Leina Rizzo, 9th Grade AVID Elective Teacher
  • Mr. Chris Henry, 9th Grade AVID Elective Teacher
  • Mr. Gerardo Rodriguez, 10th Grade AVID Elective Teacher
  • Mrs. Corinna Harnett, 10th & 12th Grade AVID Elective Teacher, AVID Coordinator
  • Mr. Ruoc Le, 11th Grade AVID Elective Teacher
  • Mrs. Rosina Talamantes, 11th Grade AVID Elective Teacher
  • Mr. Calen Rau, 12th Grade AVID Elective Teacher
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Nasouf, AVID Counselor
  • Mrs. Paige Stills, Assistant Principal, and AVID Administrator


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The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: BP 0410; 1312.3; 4111.1; 5145.3; 5145.7; 4119.11/4219.11/4319.11
Compliance Officer for Complaints. Employee complaint: Dr. Issaic Gates, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources (714) 985-8408. Title IX Sexual Harassment and any other discrimination complaints: Gina Aguilar, Director, Student Services (714) 985-8670. Americans with Disabilities Act complaints: Richard McAlindin, Assistant Superintendent, Executive Services (714) 985-8727. Bullying, intimidation complaints: Melissa Samson, Administrator, Student Services (714) 985-8671
Procedure for Complaints. Uniform Complaint Policy Form 1312.3 (English), 1312.3 (Spanish). Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures Form 1312.4 (English) and 1312.4 (Spanish)
El Distrito Escolar Unificado Placentia-Yorba Linda, prohíbe la discriminación, acoso, intimidación, hostigamiento en todas las actividades, programas y empleo del distrito en base a género real o percibido, identificación de género, expresión de género, raza, etnia, color, religión ascendencia, nacionalidad, origen nacional, identificación de grupo étnico, estado de inmigración, sexo, orientación sexual, estatus marital o parental, embarazo, edad discapacidad física o mental o en base a la asociación de la persona con una persona o grupo, con una o más de estas características reales o percibidas. Referencia: BP 0410; 1312.3; 4111.1; 5145.3; 5145.7; 4119.11/4219.11/4319.11.
Quejas de empleados: Rick Lopez, Asistente de Superintendente, Recursos Humanos (714) 985-8408. Titulo IX Acoso Sexual y cualquier otra queja de discriminación: Gina Aguilar, Directora, Educación Secundaria (714) 985-8656. Americanos con Discapacidades Acta de quejas: Richard McAlindin, Asistente de Superintendente, Servicios Ejecutivos (714) 985-8727. Quejas de acoso, intimidación: Melissa Samson, Administrador, Servicios Estudiantiles (714) 985-8671

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