The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program has provided the following information regarding its program:
What AVID Does
Simply, AVID trains educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
How AVID Works
AVID brings research‐based strategies and curriculum to educational institutions in elementary, secondary, and higher education. The AVID System annually provides more than 30,000 educators with training and methodologies that develop students’ critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas throughout the entire campus, in what we call Schoolwide AVID.
- Teaches skills and behaviors for academic success
- Provides intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships
- Creates a positive peer group for students
- Develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination
As a result, policymakers and educators now consider AVID's mission to be an essential strategy for closing the achievement gap, making college access and success available to all students.
If you would like more information concerning AVID at El Modena High School, please contact Mrs. Kim.
AVID Google Field Trip
By Matt Cortez (AVID 12)
On Thursday, February 7th, 2019, the AVID senior class took a field trip to Google headquarters in Irvine. Upon arrival, students were greeted by Google employees who would later be their tour guides. The class divided into three groups and each went to a different part of the building to explore. After they were given their name tags, then the fun begun.
“At first I didn’t think much of the buildings from the outside if i’m being honest, but once I got inside and going it was pretty surprising. There were different themed rooms inside every door and each one had a different vibe. It was pretty sweet,” states senior Matthew Cortez on what he thought when he first walked in the building. Inside the headquarters,students toured each floor that had different themed rooms, which promoted different cultures and styles of art work on the walls. Senior Germayn Gomez said his favorite room was “the break room on floor two because it had pictures of beach art work on the ceiling and because of the hidden room that our guide showed us.” The headquarters also had a indoor gym where employees can work out before or after work, alongside their very own kitchen with an on-duty chef preparing fresh meals daily.
At the end of the tour, each group would meet on the balcony of the headquarters to listen to Anthony D. Mays give a speech about where he came from and how he made it to Google even with his struggle. “The speech really motivated me because it showed us that it doesn’t really matter where we come from or where we start, but how we finish that can define our careers,” said senior Natalia Sarinana on how the speech made her feel.
A huge thank you to Google headquarters Irvine for hosting El Modena’s AVID senior class, and hopefully more classes may visit the HQ in the near future.