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Avid Site Team

Steve Musto
School Principal and
AVID Administration
Amanda Melsby
School Assistant Principal and
AVID Administration
Tiffany Wilkinson
AVID Site Coordinator     
AVID 11 & 12 Elective Teacher
Julio Navarrete 
AVID 10 Elective Teacher
Nicole Jeung
AVID 9 Elective Teacher
Fiona Weisnmehl
AVID Counselor
Caitlin Conlon
AVID Advocate
Danniel Ramirez
AVID Advocate
John Creger
AVID Advocate
Chris Fulton
AHS Activities Director
AVID Advocate



Welcome to the AVID Home Page at American High School


AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system designed to increase schoolwide learning and performance. The AVID College Readiness System (ACRS) accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional learning, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change.

At the secondary grade levels (7th-12th grades), AVID is an approved elective course taken during the school day. Students are usually selected to enroll in an AVID class after an application process. For one class period a day, they learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. Students enrolled in AVID are typically required to enroll in at least one of their school's toughest classes, such as honors or Advanced Placement®, in addition to the AVID elective. As students progress in AVID, their self-images improve, and they become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.

The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and senior high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is driven by the WICOR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading. AVID curriculum is used in AVID elective classes.



Wondering if you can take AVID all four year and meet graduation requirements? Or if you can take other electives while in AVID?


Yes!  YES!  Yes, you can benefit from AVID and take AVID all four years while you take all your college prep and graduation requirements, including room for Advanced Placement classes and other electives!


Some examples of what can be done to make more room in your schedule: 

  • You can postpone Health for the another year to take a World Language class. Note that students no longer need the Computer Literary semester course for graduation, though it can be taken as a semester-length elective to pair with the required Health class. 
  • You can also sign up for zero period PE to give more room for other electives. 
  • You can sign up for summer school to complete your Health requirement.  
  • You can postpone 10th grade P.E. class to 11th or 12th grade to make room for World Language.
    • Students are encouraged to take World Language classes in Junior High to allow for more schedule flexibility at the high school level.

Interested AVID students, we have you covered.  Get all the benefits of AVID and get all the classes you need at AHS!


See the example schedule below: 

¨AVID 9 (UC/CSU "g" Credit)
¨English (CP or Honors)
¨Algebra 1 or Geometry
¨World Language Year 2¨ (Year 1 completed in junior high)


10th GRADE
¨AVID 10 (UC/CSU "g" Credit)

¨English (CP or Honors)
¨Geometry or Algebra 2
¨World History or AP Euro
¨World Language Year 3 


11th GRADE
¨AVID 11 (UC/CSU "g" Credit)

¨English (CP or AP)
¨Algebra 2 or Pre Calculus
¨Physics/Lab Science
¨US History or AP US Hist


12th GRADE
¨AVID Senior Seminar (UC/CSU "g" Credit)

¨English (CP or AP)
Math or Science Elective
¨CP Art
¨Govt / Econ
¨Comp & Health