District Departments » Learning Support Services » AVID


Beth Perisic, Director 
Shaleah Sorensen, Admin Assistant
15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA  92128
(858) 521-2800 x2740

For PUSD, AVID is a seventh- through twelfth-grade system to prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students, and in closing the achievement gap.  AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.

Middle and high schools in the Poway Unified School District have AVID and a site coordinator.  Check each school website for the coordinator’s name and contact information.

The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and senior high school teachers in collaboration with college professors.  It is driven by the WICR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading.  AVID curriculum is used in AVID elective classes, in content-area classes in AVID schools, and even in schools where the AVID elective is not offered.

Not only are students enrolled in their school's toughest classes, such as honors and Advanced Placement®, but also in the AVID elective.  For one period a day, they learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable.  Their self-images improve, and they become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.

AVID targets students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard.  These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential.  Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families.  AVID redirects these students from their unchallenging courses towards a college-readiness path: acceleration instead of remediation.

You and your student will fill out the AVID application, and deliver it to the school site.  Generally, the school sites interview all applicants in the spring.  School site coordinators can provide more details and information.

Students enrolled or attending college or university, and in good standing, are eligible to interview for an AVID tutor position.

AVID Tutor Job Application can be found at each school site offering AVID.

Contact Learning Support Services to find out when applications are being accepted or check the PUSD employment opportunities listing page.

School Sites
Bernardo Heights MS  AVID website
Black Mountain MS AVID website
Mesa Verde MS AVID website
Oak Valley MS AVID website
Twin Peaks MS AVID website
Del Norte HS AVID website
Mt Carmel HS AVID website
Poway HS AVID website
Rancho Bernardo HS AVID website
Westview HS AVID website