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AVID Information


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

At Cupertino 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.



As an AVID student, you will receive ten units of elective credit each year.


The mission of AVID is to ensure students:

  • will succeed in the most rigorous curriculum
  • will engage in school activities
  • will be eligible to enrol in four-year colleges and supported through the admission process 
  • will become educated and responsible leaders in our society 

Interested in Being an AVID Student?

The AVID program recruits students in the spring for the next year's class. Along with visiting and interviewing the 8th graders at the feeder middle schools, we also often have spots open in our current AVID 10, 11, and 12 classes. Please contact the AVID Coordinator, Lisa Sheehy, at for more information. Thank you!

AVID Staff


Elise Robison / Teresa Filice



Amy Benson / Samantha Southerd



Jessica Schaetzke / Allie Vernon



Kyle Fitzpatrick / James Gilmore

Benson, Amy
Math Teacher / AVID
Filice, Teresa
English Teacher / AVID
Fitzpatrick, Kyle
Social Studies Teacher / AVID
Gilmore, James
AVID / Physical Education Teacher / Department Lead
Robison, Elise
Social Studies Teacher / AVID
Schaetzke, Jessica
World Language Teacher / AVID
Southerd, Samantha
Science Teacher / AVID
Vernon, Allison
English Teacher