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Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

AVID is a middle and high school program designed to prepare and accelerate students in the middle (between a 2.0 and 3.5 grade point average) for admission to four-year universities and colleges.

The TUSD AVID program is offered at the following TUSD sites:

  • Columbus Tustin Middle School
  • Hewes Middle School
  • Orchard Hills Middle School
  • Pioneer Middle School
  • Utt Middle School
  • Beckman High School
  • Foothill High School
  • Tustin High School

The goal of AVID is to educate the "whole student." This is achieved by unifying six important elements in a successful student's education: student, curriculum, faculty, tutors, parents, and community.

AVID is an academic, regularly-scheduled, elective class that includes lessons on note-taking and study skills, twice-weekly academic support with college tutors, writing for all classes, speaking and leadership opportunities, success strategy development, college campus visits, college and career guest speakers, participation in extra-curricular and community activities, increased access to college preparatory coursework, scholarship and college applications, and preparation for a professional career.

AVID students enroll in rigorous academic classes and in the AVID elective class, where they receive academic support.


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AVID Excel

AVID Excel is a middle school AVID companion program focusing on language and literacy. AVID Excel is designed to accelerate long-term English language learners' success in middle and high school and prepare for entrance to college. This elective class includes the same components of the AVID class with an emphasis on English language development and academic language acquisition, serves as a bridge into high school AVID, and supports future success in a global society.
AVID Excel is offered at the following TUSD AVID middle schools:
  • Columbus Tustin Middle School
  • Utt Middle School
For more information on TUSD AVID or AVID Excel please contact:
Jennifer Kang-Rodriguez, TUSD Teacher on Special Assignment/AVID, at (714) 730-7301 x506.
You may also contact the site AVID Coordinator at your child's school for information specific to individual site programs.