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Los Altos High School
201 Almond Avenue
Los Altos, CA 94022
Office: (650) 960-8811
Fax: (650) 948-8672
Attendance: (650) 941-2761

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What is AVID?


AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is an internationally recognized program designed to prepare high school students for success in four-year universities. AVID students enroll in rigorous college-preparatory courses and in an AVID class.

The LAHS AVID curriculum focuses on developing study skills, academic skills, and technological skills necessary for success in high school and college. The LAHS AVID program offers in-class college / career counseling, personal mentoring, tutoring, and opportunities for service learning, cultural awareness, and leadership development.

National studies show that the majority of students who participate in AVID for four years meet their goals of college enrollment. Former LAHS AVID graduates have attended the following schools: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, CSU East Bay, Humboldt State University, CSU Los Angeles, CSU Monterey Bay, San Diego State University, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, Sonoma State University, CSU Stanislaus, Arizona State University, Brigham Young University, Clark Atlanta University, Dominican University, Hampton University, University of Michigan, Mills College, Santa Clara University, Spelman College, Sweet Briar College, Tuskegee University, and Whitman College.

At Los Altos High School, AVID students form a community of support based on mutual respect. Older AVID students serve as role models and mentors to younger students. AVID is for students who are serious about succeeding in high school. Success depends on individual determination and personal responsibility. The LAHS AVID program values academic excellence, service, and leadership.

If I join, what   credit will I  receive?

As an AVID student, you will receive ten units of elective credit each year.  Five of these units can be designated as Individual and Society.

Seniors can receive ten units of academic elective credit (the UC/CSU "g" requirement) for enrollment in the AVID Seminar.  AVID Seminar students must be in AVID at least three years, and during their junior and senior years in AVID, they must be concurrently enrolled in an Advanced Placement course. 

For more information

LAHS AVID Student Profile

For more information on the AVID program, visit the AVID Central website.