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What is AVID?

AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination and our main goal is to get our students college and career-ready.  While almost all students possess the desire to attend college, we understand that there are factors that may make the road to college difficult.  To address these issues, we make sure to target students that are historically underrepresented, who will be first in their family to attend college and students who tend to fall into the middle range for grades. 

Our program equips students with a variety of college and career-related information that range from SAT Prep, college field trips, guest speakers, mock interviews, resume building, and community service opportunities. However, besides these items, AVID's main focus is to ensure that all students are ready for class by practicing organization, note-taking, public speaking, study skills, and study groups. 

If you are interested in joining the AVID family, please contact our coordinator for information. 



Two days a week, students get into tutorial groups that allow them work on assignments as a group. 
Mock Interviews and Resume Building
In their junior year, students must undergo the Mock Interview where they practice job interviewing skills. 
The AVID Study Lounge
AVID Students have exclusive access to the AVID Study Lounge on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
Community Events: Annual AVID Pumpkin Carving
Fall and Spring Rallies for Honor Roll
During the Spring and Fall Rallies, student speakers are selected to talk about their experiences and honor roll is handed out to 3.0 and higher GPAs.
Community Service
By their senior year, all AVID students should have 75-100 hours of community service. 
Community Circles and Restorative Justice
Throughout the year, we give students the platform to share and grow through discussion. 
Developing a Family
Through events like Secret Santa, we strive to make the class more like a family where students feel comfortable. 
AVID Mentor Program
All freshmen are paired with a junior mentor that they must meet every other week for two years. The goal is to help build community while trying to encourage growth and support.
Ms. Hernandez, Chemistry Teacher and Interim AVID Coordinator
Contact Kearstie Hernandez  Kearstie Hernandez AP Chemistry/Chemistry and Physics Teacher

Elective Teachers

Contact Francis Carcamo  Francis Carcamo Teacher
Contact Veronica Viramontes  Veronica Viramontes Math/Computer Science Teacher
Contact Nelson Ta  Nelson Ta Teacher

Site Team

Contact Louis Bonsteel IV  Louis Bonsteel IV (323) 826-2300 Social Science Teacher
Contact Jeannette Cortez  Jeannette Cortez Teacher
Contact Melissa Gosian  Melissa Gosian Special Education Support Provider
Contact Sheveeta Jackson  Sheveeta Jackson (323) 826-2300 Geometry Teacher
Contact Hannah Romias  Hannah Romias Physics/APES Teacher/MESA Advisor
Contact Evelyn Saucedo  Evelyn Saucedo Counselor
Contact Cynthia Tiscareno  Cynthia Tiscareno AP Biology, H.Bio, AVID 9 Teacher ߑɢ ߏˠformer ACADECA coach

AVID Alumni

In 2018, our program had our first cohort graduate. All of the students that completed our program graduated and were accepted to a two-year or four-year university. 

Ignacio Sanchez was in AVID for four years and now is studying communications at San Jose State University.  He hopes to get into broadcast. While at Huntington Park, he was the AVID Club President, Varsity Football and Track, and earned a 3.8 GPA.

Mykey Ramirez is currently at University of California, Irvine and hopes to become a teacher. While at Huntington Park, he was Volleyball Captain, President of several clubs, and earned over 150 hours of community service. 

Jacky Atilano is studying at California Polytechnic State University, Pomona. She is currently studying Sociology. 

William Herrera,  Luz Garcia, and Hugo Vega all currently attend California State University, Dominguez Hills. 

AVID Students at Graduation

AVID STudents Consistently Win Attendance Awards