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Hello current 8th graders! If you learned about AVID at the course selection night and are interested and/or are recommended for it by your counselor, you will need to complete an AVID program application by Friday, March 2nd to be considered. The sooner the better though! You must attend the AVID Informational meeting at your middle school as well. Please see your current guidance counselor to be invited. Here is the APPLICATION. Send any questions to our AVID Coordinator 


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The Mission of AVID

The mission of AVID is to ensure that students:

  • will succeed in their academic classes
  • will participate in school activities
  • will be college eligible and guided through the college admission process
  • will become educated and responsible leaders in our society

AVID Information

What is AVID?

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a program designed to prepare high school students for success in four-year universities. The CHS AVID curriculum focuses on developing study, organization, and academic skills for high school and college. We also offer in-class college and career counseling, personal mentoring, tutoring, and leadership development. AVID is for students who are serious about succeeding in high school and preparing for college. Success depends on individual determination and personal responsibility.



AVID is an "A-G" course. As an AVID student, you will receive ten units of College- Preparatory Elective credit each year.

AVID Administrators

Sheehy, Lisa (408) 366-7330 Guidance Counselor (Gh-Li)
Wright, Geoff (408) 366-7376 Assistant Principal Sar-Z


Fitzpatrick, Kyle (408) 366-7388 ex.4863 Social Studies Teacher / AVID
Gilmore, James (408) 366-7388 ex.4886 AVID / Physical Education Teacher / Department Lead


Schaetzke, Jessica (408) 366-7388 ex.4839 World Language Teacher / AVID
Vernon, Allison (408) 366-7388 ex.4806 English Teacher


Benson, Amy (408) 366-7388 ex.4807 Math Teacher / AVID
Southerd, Samantha (408) 366-7388 ex.4934 Science Teacher / AVID


Filice, Teresa (408) 366-7362 English Teacher / AVID
Robison, Elise (408) 366-7388 ex.4832 Social Studies Teacher / AVID


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The AVID program recruits students in the spring for next year's class. We visit 8th graders at the feeder Cupertino Union School District middle schools but also accept incoming sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Please contact the AVID coordinator Lisa Sheehy at for more information. 

AVID Interest Questionnaire: CLICK HERE

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