Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is an elective class designed to introduce and prepare students for entry and success in a four-year college or university. Students will learn the value of an education, organization and time management skills, personal learning styles, the Cornell note-taking system, goal setting skills, as well as reading, writing, and test-taking tips. Students will examine college entrance requirements, financial aid information, and learn how to choose a college or career that is right for them. Furthermore, students will visit three Bay Area universities and hear local business men and women speak to the class about their educational choices and careers.



Three quarters (75%) of AVID students are from a low socioeconomic status background, and 80% are underrepresented students. Yet, they outperform their peers in crucial metrics nationwide.

94%complete 4 college entrance requirements

90%who apply are accepted into 4 yr. colleges


 85%persist into the second year of college

Learn more about AVID at Cunha Intermediate School and Half Moon Bay High School

Cunha Intermediate School

Half Moon Bay High School

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