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Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)


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

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.

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NVUSD Contacts:

AVID Directors: Sarah Knox (Elementary) and Maria Cisneros (Secondary)
AVID District Academic Specialist: JoAnn Clark

Visit the AVID website for more information



AVID Secondary

AVID Secondary (grades 6-12) is an essential component of the AVID College Readiness System and is designed to enable school-wide implementation of AVID’s proven instructional methodologies and content area best practices to improve outcomes for all students. AVID Secondary goes beyond the AVID Elective course to affect an entire campus or district by creating a college-going culture that increases the number of students who enroll and succeed in higher education and their lives beyond.


American Canyon MS
James Landis    ACMS AVID website

Harvest MS
Aine Pridy    HMS AVID website

Redwood MS
Melinda Basore    RMS AVID website

River School
Megan Burton

Silverado MS
Miriam Kaufman    SMS AVID website

American Canyon HS
Tricia Hernandez (gr. 9-10)    ACHS AVID website

Napa HS
Martha Calderon    NHS AVID website

Vintage HS
Kelli Watkins    VHS AVID website

AVID Elementary

AVID Elementary is designed to be embedded into the daily instruction of all elementary classrooms, across entire grade levels, to impact school-wide structures. 


McPherson Elementary

Northwood Elementary

Napa Valley Language Academy

Phillips Magnet Elementary

Snow Elementary

West Park Elementary

Yountville Elementary

AVID Excel

The AVID Excel Program: A middle school program for long-term English language learners that includes professional learning, AVID Excel coursework, family connections, and promotion of biliteracy. This program is intended to accelerate academic language acquisition and increase students’ access to the 9th grade AVID Elective and college preparatory courses. Students commit to participating in two Summer Bridges and a year-long elective class in both 7th and 8th grade. AVID Excel develops students’ academic language proficiency in all domains—reading, writing, speaking, and listening—while also developing their self-determination, leadership skills, and motivation to become college-ready.

AVID School-wide

AVID is school-wide when a strong AVID system transforms the Instruction, Systems, Leadership, and Culture of a school, ensuring college readiness for all AVID Elective students and improved academic performance for all students based on increased opportunities.