AVID

San Ysidro is an AVID National Demonstration School

 

AVID Coordinator: Marko Gutierrez

AP in charge of AVID: Marisol Higareda

AVID Elective Teachers:

Eric Kobrick, Andrea Giordano-Rink, Lindsey Sparks, Marysol Gomez, Jessica McKittrick

Why do SYH students want to take AVID as one of their electives?

Students in AVID recognize that getting to a four-year university is not easy, especially for a first-generation college student.  AVID seeks to ensure that students not only get accepted to a four-year university, but that they are also prepared to succeed once they are there.   AVID students learn about all different universities, especially those outside of San Diego.   AVID students also have access to many scholarships just for being in AVID!  Many students believe that the best part of AVID includes the many fieldtrips AVID classes take to explore universities.  SYH AVID students have visited schools as close as UC Riverside and as far as UC Berkeley.

Who has graduated from the SYH AVID program and what have they done?

The SYH AVID program has been “helping Cougars get to college” since 2006, when the first AVID seniors graduated and were accepted to four-year universities.  In 2006 there were only a handful of students in AVID, but in 2019 SYH graduated 75 AVID Seniors, all of whom attend college/university now. We have students who have attended and graduated from prestigious universities such as Stanford, Bekeley, UCLA, Georgetown, Dennison, etc. In addition, some of our students are now in PhD and Master’s programs.

Previous AVID students who won big in college scholarships:

In 2017 Christian Robles (UC Irinve) won the prestigious AVID Founder’s Scholarship of $25, 0000

In 2020 San Ysidro AVID Students made headlines when they won thousands of dollars in scholarships.  Winners included:

Name
Scholarship
Amount
Kassandra Meneses
Adelante Mujer
$1,000
Cristian Fuentes
AVID Donald Costa Scholarship
$2,000 for 4 years
Angela Mendiola
San Diego County Citizens Foundation
$1,000
Luciana Gutierrez
San Diego County Citizens Foundation
$1,000
Evelyn Ruiz Barrientos
San Diego County Citizens Foundation
$1,000
Angel Zepeda
Coronado Rotary Club
$500
Cristian Fuentes
Coronado Rotary Club
$500
Angel Zepeda
Judge Lowell Scholarship
$700
Cristian Fuentes
Judge Lowell Scholarship
$700
Desirae Ferguson
Campbell Univesity Athletic Scholarship
$3,000 + Room & Board
Jesus Medina
Optimist 2nd place
$20
Diego Gonzalez
San Diego County Citizens Foundation
$1,000
Cristy Mendoza
District Folklorico Scholarship
$750
Cristian Fuentes
San Diego Indian American Society
$2,000
Cristian Fuentes
Community Scholars Initiative
$2,000
Jesus Medina
San Ysidro Women’s Club
$500
Natalia Rojas Gomez
San Ysidro Women’s Club
$500
Gerardo Valenzuela Roman
MECHA
$100
Alessandra Gaeta Garcia
MECHA
$100

For more information on AVID at SYH, please contact : Mr.Gutierrez marko.gutierrez@sweetwaterschools.org

AVID Students and University Acceptances

Last Name
First Name
University/College Attending
AU GALLEGOS
YOSELIN CHESAI
UC Riverside
CASAS
JOSHUA
CSU Chico
CHACON
PAOLA
CSU Dominguez Hills
CHAVARIN
MIGUEL
SDSU
DIAZ
MATILDE
CSU Chico
ESPINOSA
JENIFFER
UCSD
FENNELL
TRENTON
Vanguard University
FERGUSON
DESIRAE
Campbellsville University
FLORES O’NEIL
KENNETH
SWC
FRIAS
ARIANA
Grossmont College
FUENTES HERNANDEZ
CRISTIAN
UCSD
GAETA GARCIA
ALESSANDRA
SDSU
GARCIA
LINDSEY
CSU Monterey Bay
GARCIA
NAYELI
UCI
GONZALEZ
DIEGO
UCSD
GRIJALVA
ARMANDO
SDSU
GUTIERREZ
LUCIANA
UCSD
HALLMEN
TIFFANY
SWC
HERNANDEZ
ALEXA
CSU Fullerton
HERNANDEZ
BRISA
SWC
HERRERA LOPEZ
MONICA
CSU Chico
JAIME
FERNANDO
SDSU
JIMENEZ
ITZEL
Bellus Academy
LEE
JACKY
CSU San Marcos
MARTINEZ
JENNY
SDSU
MEDINA ALCANTAR
JESUS
UCSD
MENDIOLA
ANGELA
UCSD
MENDOZA
CRISTY
UCLA
MENDOZA PARRA
OMAR
Cal Poly Pomona
MENESES
KASSANDRA
SWC
MERCADO
ISABELA
SDSU
MEZA
NOEMI
SDSU
MUNOZ
ALMA
CSU San Marcos
NAVARRO MARQUEZ
YAEL
SDSU
OLIVERA
ISELLA
Yakima Valley College
PEREZ
MARTIN
UC Merced
PEREZ-CARRASCO
JISELLE
SDSU
PLASCENCIA
ADRIAN
CSU San Marcos
PRICE
JACQUELINE
UCSD
ROBINSON
CHRISTIAN
Military
RODRIGUEZ
BRIANNA
CSU Long Beach
RODRIGUEZ
DIEGO
SDSU
ROJAS
NATALIA
CSU San Marcos
RUIZ BARRIENTOS
EVELYN
SDSU
SANCHEZ
VALERIA
CSU Fullerton
SANDOVAL VELAZQUEZ
LARISSA
UC Merced
VALENZUELA
GERARDO
Cal Poly Pomona
VARGAS
MANUEL
SWC
VARGAS ESCOBAR
ALYED
City College
VIZCAINO
CASSANDRA
Mesa College
ZEPEDA
ANGEL
UCLA

We have 13 sections of AVID

 What is AVID?

We have 13 sections of AVID
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!  
For more information on AVID visit www.avid.org  
For research on AVID’s effectiveness visit:  http://www.avid.org/res_research.html

Who can join?

AVID is designed for students who have the individual drive to do what is necessary to be prepared for a four-year university upon graduation.  Students must be “on-track” in their courses and have at least a “C” average.  Additionally, AVID students are usually the first in their family to attend a four-year university in the United States. Most students enter AVID at the beginning of ninth grade and should talk to the AVID Coordinator (Mr. Gutierrez ) to find out about the specific requirements for being in AVID.   Students learn about AVID first, understand the commitment and what is asked of them, and then are interviewed.  AVID is a year-long elective, but to maximize the program’s benefit students should stay in AVID for the four-years of high school.  Statistics show that students who begin AVID in middle school and stay in AVID throughout high school are more likely to complete college-entrance requirements and be admitted to a four-year university.
 
 
 

What does AVID look like on a weekly basis?

MONDAY
WEDNESDAY
FRIDAY
Hour 1: Tutorials
Hour 2: AVID Curriculum
Hour 1: Tutorials
Hour 2: AVID Curriculum
Binder checks, Socratic Seminars, Guest Speakers, and Team-Building