Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a seventh through twelfth-grade program that prepares students in the academic middle for admission to a four-year college or university. 

Students take an AVID elective course throughout middle school and high school that provides them with the skills needed to be successful in advancing academically with the ultimate goal of attending college.

avid students

AVID prepares students for college.
Over the past 20 years…


Accepted to a 4-Year University


Completed UC & CSU A-G Requirements

Universities AVID Students Have Attended

The core component of the AVID program is the AVID elective, which supports students as they challenge themselves in more rigorous classes. Immersed in a college-culture, students are taught:

  • Study skills
  • Note-taking
  • Time management
  • Writing and research skills

The class also includes tutoring sessions that are led by college students, dynamic guest speakers, team building activities, and field trips to local colleges and universities. Additionally, the AVID class provides access to information about college admission requirements information.

Andrea Harris
WHS AVID Coordinator
(562) 869-7306 ext. 5702
Ms. Karout
Griffiths AVID Liason
Paul Tse
WHS AVID Co-coordinator
(562) 869-7306 ext. 5657
Mr. Del Rio
Stauffer AVID Liason
AVID Student Profile
WHS AVID Freshmen
Application Process

The AVID Student Profile

Students with Academic Potential:

  • Average to high test scores
  • 2.0 – 3.5 GPA
  • College potential with support
  • Desire and determination

Meets One or More of the Following Criteria:

  • First to attend University
  • Historically underserved in 4-year colleges
  • Socio-economically challenged
  • Special circumstances

What WHS AVID Freshmen Can Expect

  • Summer School (if applicable) each summer from 9th grade through 11th grade
    • If required summer school is not completed, students will be removed from the AVID program
  • Constant collaboration with AVID students, teachers, and tutors
  • High expectations from other teachers because they are AVID students
  • Heavy writing curriculum in AVID elective
  • Students will take focused notes in all academic classes, ALWAYS
  • Weekly Learning Logs for all academic classes (reflection on student learning)
  • Full academic schedule (no T.A. positions)
    • Living Earth, Integrated Math, Honors Course
    • To earn a “C” in these classes, students will have to work harder than they ever have before
  • Tutorials twice per week (MANDATORY)
    • 25 hours of community service each year
      • Opportunities offered through the WHS AVID Program (Distinguished Graduate)
    • Fundraiser Participation
    • College Campus Tours/Guest Speakers
    • 2-3 hours of homework each evening (all classes combined)

Application Process

  1. Attend AVID Information Nights
  2. Submit an AVID Application Form by the deadline
  3. Get your teachers to submit their recommendations
  4. Students participate in AVID Interviews
AVID decades of College Dreams


To apply to WHS AVID, students will need a teacher recommendation from your:

  • English Teacher
  • Math Teacher
  • Science Teacher
  • AVID Teacher (if you are in AVID this year)

You must inform your teachers that you are applying to AVID and ask them to write you a recommendation. Please share this link so they can recommend you: web.dusd.net/warren/avid/#recommendations.

Make sure to ask them early so they have time to fill out the form.

For Teacher Use Only:

Access the recommendation form using your DUSD account:


WHS AVID interviews will be scheduled in early April. You will receive information from the AVID coordinators at your middle school. We advice that you practice answering the questions below. We look forward to meeting you!


Interview Questions
  • Briefly explain your most meaningful experience, inside or outside of school.
  • What three (3) adjectives best describe the kind of person you are?
  • Describe your study habits at school and at home. Include study times, places, and people who help you with your work, and your preference to work independently or collaboratively in a group.
  • What do you do when you are struggling in an academic class?
  • Are you currently enrolled in AVID? if so, how has AVID helped you to succeed? If not, what interests you about AVID?
  • Write out any questions you have about the WHS AVID program.