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Welcome to AVID!

AVID Mission Statement (from AVID Center –

AVID is designed to increase school-wide learning and performance. The mission of AVID is to ensure that all students, and most especially the least served students in the middle capable of completing a college preparatory path:

  • will succeed in rigorous curriculum,
  • will enter mainstream activities of the school,
  • will increase their enrollment in four-year colleges, and
  • will become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.

AVID prepares students in the academic middle for 4-year college eligibility. These are typically students who are first time college-goers in their families, low income and capable of completing rigorous curriculum but who are falling short of their potential.

The program requires a four-year commitment, with one class period each year devoted to the AVID elective. Because AVID uses the elective block each year, students will need to attend summer school, take zero or 7th period classes, or take Palomar College classes, to meet their UC/CSU a-g course requirements as well as their high school graduation requirements. Students are required to maintain a GPA above 2.2, and meet additional requirements that include taking Cornell notes in all classes, attending cultural events, making college visits, doing community service, and taking SAT/ACT tests.

The Orange Glen High School AVID program has grown to over 11 experienced teachers and nearly 400 students, representing 20% of the student body, since its inception in 1990. In June, 2017 we graduated 88 seniors, 91% of whom were accepted to four-year universities, including University of Alabama, University of Redlands, La Verne University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz, Cal Poly SLO, CSU Chico, CSU East Bay, Humboldt State, CSU Fullerton, San Jose State, San Francisco State, CSU San Marcos, and SDSU.

The highest achievements for an AVID program are to gain Certification with Distinction, and to be named a National Demonstration School, benchmarks we have met regularly. As a result, Orange Glen High School has hosted visitors from around the country, as well as representatives from overseas Department of Defense schools, interested in learning how a high performing, mature AVID program affects the climate of a school site.

For more information contact Pam Whiting, AVID Site Coordinator: (760) 291-5000, ext. 5214; email: