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High School AVID

The high school AVID program is ideally a four-year program for students who have the potential to succeed in college prep courses. Such students demonstrate a desire to attend college. Upon acceptance into AVID, students must also enroll in college prep courses which will result in fulfilling entry requirements for most stateside colleges and universities. AVID is an elective class which meets during the regular school day.


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What is AVID?

AVID is a program designed to help students in the middle prepare for and succeed in colleges and universities. Students in the program commit themselves to improvement and preparation for college. AVID offers a rigorous program of instruction in academic “survival skills” and college level entry skills. The AVID program teaches the student how to study, read for content, take Cornell notes, and manage time. Students participate in collaborative study groups or tutorials led by tutors who use skillful questioning to bring students to a higher level of understanding.

What is AVID's mission?

Advancement Via Individual Determination Mission

AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

  • AVID's new mission statement succinctly reflects the expansion of AVID to include our AVID Elementary and AVID Postsecondary initiatives, enabling even more students to achieve their dreams of earning a college degree and/or becoming productive members of our global society.
  • The recently updated mission statement still reflects AVID's core purpose, and our focus remains the same – ensuring college readiness for all students.

AVID's mission is...

Our mission is student-focused, but our work transforms the behaviors and expectations of the teachers who support the AVID student. Our mission centers on the goals our students set out to achieve. close the achievement gap

At AVID, we seek to close the achievement gap by improving the performance of all students, especially those who have not traditionally succeeded in completing college entrance requirements: students who are underrepresented in four-year colleges and universities, students in the academic middle, students who are the first in their family to go to college. preparing all students

A common misconception about AVID is that we focus solely on minority and low-income students. Not at all! AVID is a college readiness system that starts in elementary school. We have a schoolwide approach for elementary grades where AVID is available to ALL students. In middle and high school, we target a core population of students who enroll in an AVID elective class. As the system takes root in secondary schools, AVID gradually expands schoolwide to serve all students. AVID Postsecondary continues to support students in their efforts to earn a college degree by developing the skills needed to persist in college.

...for college readiness

Because AVID provides students with a clearly defined and delineated road map, they gain the confidence needed to pursue their dreams of college. AVID prepares students for the rigors of college, and provides them with academic skills, content knowledge, and social adaptability needed for college success.

...and success in a global society.

The AVID system empowers students by instilling in them the academic and social skills needed to successfully complete college and become responsible participants and leaders in our global society.


AVID Stars are students who have been recognized by their AVID teachers for personifying AVID's mission as scholars, leaders and global citizens.

**13 AVID Stars will be chosen monthly.

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AVID Senior Scholarships

Senior awards are given to students who have been in the AVID program for a minimum of 3 years.  Students must meet the basic requirements and the individual requirements of each unique award.  Senior teachers will decide which students should receive the awards.  Nominations will be shared with the AVID elective teacher team and counselors. 

Basic requirements:

  • 3-4 year participation in AVID (high school level)
  • 3.1 cumulative academic GPA
  • A-G requirements completed
  • AP class and completed an AP test
  • No N’s – U’s 
  • Applied to a 4-year college
  • Received an Acceptance Letter and have completed their Letter of Intent for college
  • Have taken the SAT or ACT
  • Completed the FAFSA and Cal Grant or AB540




AVID Senior Standout 


This individual is someone who best represents AVID for Millikan. The award recipient is strong academically and plans to attend a four-year college or university.  Additionally, the recipient has exhibited leadership qualities and has been a positive role model.


AVID All-Star 

(Amount to be determined)


The award recipient has shown outstanding service to the AVID program at Millikan.  The award recipient has volunteered to make our AVID program better; has worked to promote AVID throughout the District; has participated fully in all AVID events and activities offered.  Additionally, the recipient has met and exceeded AVID expectations in one or more areas.  (More than one award may be given in a year, and a student may have been in AVID for 2 years.)


AVID Founders Award ($300)


This award is presented to the "all-around" student who has consistently shown outstanding effort in the AVID essentials.  The award recipient has developed skills in organization, Cornell Notes, leadership and college readiness.  Additionally, the recipient is a top AVID student in his/her AVID class. 


AVID Legacy Award ($300)


The award recipient has shown the initiative to make an impact on the AVID program, school, or district.  They have been in AVID for 4 years; have made consistent efforts in making a difference on campus; have made an impact for AVID in our community.  The student has made a positive mark on the program and/or school.


AVID Gain Award ($300)


The recipient has shown great growth in both academics and personal potential over course of their AVID high school career.  Additionally, the recipient has developed a greater appreciation for school, personal goals, and the AVID community. 


*Award recipients must write a Thank You letter to the Superintendent and Millikan's school principals before checks will be issued

AVID Contact Info.

  • Principal: 
    Mr. Alejandro Vega

  • AVID Coordinator:   Tiffany Alexander - Email: 

  • AVID Counselor:  Karen Briggs - Email:

Tiffany Alexander Teacher / AVID Coordinator
Christine Bradfield Teacher
Jeffrey Dobra Teacher
Ashleigh Ferguson Teacher/Math Dept. Head
Torielee Frapwell Teacher
Loretta George (562) 425-7441 ex: 4276 PEACE Academy, 9th Grade English; AVID, Female Leadership Academy, English Dep
Sandra Gutierrez (562) 425-7441 ex: 4228 Teacher
Elizabeth Meza Teacher / EL Coordinator
Jeanette Sanchez ex: 4237 AP Spanish, Spanish 5-6
Janet Turner (562) 425-7441 ex: 4244 Teacher
Doris McDougall Teacher
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