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.
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; and
- Will become educated and responsible leaders in our society.
|Sheehy, Lisa||(408) 366-7330||Guidance Counselor (Gh-Li)/AVID Admin.|
|Wright, Geoff||(408) 366-7376||Assistant Principal (Sar-Z)/AVID Admin.|
|Fitzpatrick, Kyle||(408) 366-7388 ex.4863||Social Studies Teacher/AVID 12|
|Gilmore, James||(408) 366-7314||PE Teacher/Athletic Director/AVID 12|
|Schaetzke, Jessica||(408) 366-7388 ex.4839||World Language Teacher/AVID 11|
|Vernon, Allison||(408) 366-7388 ex.4806||English Teacher/AVID 11|
|Benson, Amy||(408) 366-7388 ex.4807||Math Teacher/AVID 10|
|Southerd, Samantha||(408) 366-7388 ex.4934||Science Teacher/AVID 10|
|Filice, Teresa||(408) 366-7362||English Teacher/AVID 9|
|Robison, Elise||(408) 366-7388 ex.4832||Social Studies Teacher/AVID 9|
You will practice study skills such as note-taking, organization, time management, and test-taking. You will also improve academic skills including critical reading, analytical writing, and public speaking.
College & Career Counseling
You will be introduced to a variety of colleges and universities through speakers, field trips, and independent research. You will also learn about different college requirements and get help preparing for college entrance tests, such as the PSAT, SAT I & II, and ACT. You receive support completing college and financial aid/scholarship applications.
Your AVID teacher will help you monitor your current progress and set future goals in individual conferences during the year. Your AVID teacher will work with your counselor in helping you decide your high school schedule and keeping you informed of options such as summer school and honors A.P. courses.
Twice weekly, you will work in tutorial groups with peer tutors to go over difficult material and study for tests.
You will design individual and collaborative projects based on your personal interests, focused on topics such as cultural awareness and service learning.
CHS AVID students are typically historically underserved students in four-year colleges (ethnic minority and/or low income and/or first generation college students and/or special circumstances) who:
- Have academic potential for a four-year college;
- Have average to high standardized test scores;
- Have a 2.5–4.0 GPA;
- Have good citizenship; and
- Have good attendance.
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 email@example.com for more information.