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San Ysidro High School AVID

Program Description

AVID stands for "Advancement via Individual Determination" and it is a university-preparation program designed to help students ensure they are academically and socially prepared for success in college. Over the course of four years the SYH AVID Department helps students develop the academic skills/habits they will need to be successful at a four-year university. AVID students take the most rigorous classes they can, but receive time in AVID to collaborate with their peers around tough subjects like AP World History, AP English Literature, and AP Calculus. The program also ensures students are aware of all the necessary steps they must take to be admitted to a four-year university, including helping students to prepare for the SAT/ACT/SAT II tests. Additionally, students learn about differences between universities, decide on a major that is right for them, and get help with university admissions essays, scholarship applications, financial aid, and much more!

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 300
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Denison University
  • Georgetown University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of California-Los Angeles