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The Mission of AVID

The mission of AVID is to ensure that all students, especially students in the middle capable of completing a college preparatory path:

  • will succeed in the most rigorous curriculum,
  • will enter mainstream activities of the school,
  • will increase their enrollment in four-year colleges, and
  • will become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.

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AVID Information


AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) is an internationally recognized program designed to prepare high school students for success in four-year universities.  AVID students enroll in rigorous college-preparatory courses and in an AVID class.

The CHS AVID curriculum focuses on developing study skills, academic skills, and organizational skills necessary for success in high school and college. The CHS AVID program offers in-class college and career counseling, personal mentoring, tutoring, and opportunities for service learning, cultural awareness, and leadership development.

At Cupertino High School, AVID students form a community of support based on mutual respect. Older AVID students serve as role models and mentors to younger students. AVID is for students who are serious about succeeding in high school. Success depends on individual determination and personal responsibility.


As an AVID student, you will receive ten units of elective credit each year.

AVID Staff

Benson, Amy (408) 366-7388 ex.4807 Math
Fitzpatrick, Kyle (408) 366-7388 ex.VM 4863 Social Studies
Gilmore, James (408) 366-7388 ex.4886 PE, AVID, Physical Education Department Lead
Hart-Sheehy, Lisa (408) 366-7330 Guidance Counselor Gr-L
Santos, Lesly (408) 366-7388 ex.VM4876 Spanish
Schaetzke, Jessica (408) 366-7388 ex.4839 World Language - Spanish
Southerd, Samantha (408) 366-7388 ex.VM 4934 AVID 10, Physiology, and APES
Vernon, Allison (408) 366-7388 ex.VM x4806 English

Interested in Being an AVID Student?

The AVID program recruits students in the spring for the next year's class. Along with visiting and interviewing the 8th graders at the feeder middle schools, we also often have spots open in our current AVID 10, 11, and 12 classes. Please contact the AVID Coordinator, Lisa Hart, at for more information. Thank you!