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Now Accepting applications for 2013-2014!

In order to be considered for AVID, intersted students must first fill out the attached AVID application .  The AVID team then reviews the applications to ensure that the student meets the AVID student criteria.  If the student meets the criteria, he/she is then called for an interview.  We notify students in the spring if they are accepted into the AVID program.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Anguiano, Mrs. Sato, or Mrs. Seyvertsen at 916-683-1339.


AVID Club meets on every 1st and 3rd Monday afterschool in I-20. AVID club provides an opportunity for students to take on leadership positions and learn new skills. AVID Club officers and members work collaboratively to plan fundraisers, plan AVID events and make decisions about how AVID funds are spent. Being a leader in a  club looks great on college applications.

Internship Opportunities

Internships provide a great opportunity to enhance your resume, closely explore careers of interest and learn valuable leadership skills. Most internship opportunities are available for junior and senior students.

Local Opportunities:

The LegiSchool Project is a civic education collaboration between California State University, Sacramento, and the California State Legislature, administered by the Center for California Studies.  The Project's mission is to engage young people in matters of public policy and state government by creating opportunities for students and state leaders to meet and share ideas on the problems affecting Californians. 

Core activities coordinated and administered by the LegiSchool Project include:

  • Interactive televised Town Hall Meetings in which state officials and high school students discuss contemporary issues.
  • LegiSchool’s annual essay contest, photo contest and PSA contest.
  • A Video Curriculum Library comprised of short videos produced by the California Channel and LegiSchool on basic functions of state government (e.g., How A Bill Becomes Law, The Initiative Process, and Checks & Balances: The Three Branches of Government). 

Deadline: April 26, 2013

For more information and an application visit:


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AVID's mission is to close the acheivement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

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Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) has been offered as an elective course and support to Laguna Creek High School students since 1999. Our AVID teachers, Kim Lesar, Young Fitzpatrick, ...more

AVID Curriculum

AVID provides rigorous, sequential curriculum materials and extensive professional development to teams of teachers from participating schools. AVID provides its “Write Path” curriculum materials and professional development in the following areas: English Language Arts, Mathematics, History/Social Studies, Science, English Language Learners (ELL), and Tutorial Support. “AVID Methodology” is not about changing curriculum – it is about allowing students access to a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, and providing professional development to support vertical teams of teachers.  The teaching methodologies most effective in this quest (WICOR) include: Writing as a Tool for Learning, Emphasis on Inquiry, Collaborative Learning, Organization and Reading to Learn.

Typical AVID Week



College Test Information

AVID Freshman, are expected to take the PSAT in the fall.

AVID Sophomores, are expected to take the PSAT in the fall.

AVID Juniors, are expected to take the PSAT, taking the PSAT in the fall, as a junior may qualify students to compete for the National Merit Scholarship. Juniors are also expected to take the SAT and ACT at the end of their junior year in April, May or June. Juniors are also encouraged to take the SAT II subject test.

AVID Seniors, are expected to re-take either the SAT or ACT at the beginning of their senior year.

Visit the collegeboard website and ACT website for exam dates and registration deadlines. For information on fee waivers inquire with Mrs. Petersen in the Career Center.

To register for the SAT go to :

To register for the ACT go to:

College Corner

A-G Requirements

In order to be eligible to attend any school in the University of California (UC) or the California State University (CSU) system as a freshman, students must take certain classes in high school and completed them with a grade of a “C” or better. These classes are known as the “A-G Subjects”

A. History/Social Science - 2 years required: One year of U.S. History or ½ year of U.S. History and ½ year of civics or American Government. CSU requires one additional year of Social Science. UC requires one year of world history, cultures, and geography.

B. English - 4 years required: Four years of college preparatory English

C. Mathematics - 3 years required, 4 years recommended: Classes must include the topics of algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra. Approved integrated math courses can also fulfill this requirement.

D. Laboratory Science - 2 years required, 3 years recommended: CSU requires one biological and one physical. UC requires classes in at least two of the following areas: biology, chemistry, and physics.

E. Language Other Than English (Foreign Language) - 2 years required, 3 years recommended: At least two years of the same language.

F. Visual & Performing Arts - 1 year required: One yearlong course in dance, drama/theatre, music, or visual art.

G. College Preparatory Electives - 1 year required: One additional year in any of the above A-F areas or other approved elective.

University of California

For information on UCs pertaining to specific campuses, admissions, and academic programs please visit the following site

California State Universities

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Private Universities

For information on private universities that are part of the common application process please visit the following site



AVID Student Profile

The AVID Student Profile:

AVID is designed for students with academic potential who have:

  • average to high test scores
  •  a 2.0 - 3.5 GPA
  • college going potential but could benefit from additional support
  • desire and determination

and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • are first in their family to attend college
  • are historically underserved in 4 year colleges
  • are low income
  • have special circumstances

Juniors and Seniors touring USF

Elicia and Talisha are two of our AVID graduates from the class of 2009.


With the rising cost of a college education, students are strongly encouraged to search for and apply to scholarships in order to minimize the amount of money they may need to borrow to fund their college education. Scholarships are free money that does not need to be repaid.

Scholarship Opportunity for Juniors:

The Nordstrom Scholarship Program is excited to award $10,000 scholarships to 80 outstanding high school students to help them achieve their dreams of going to college. The Nordstrom Scholarship recognizes students across the country for their exceptional scholastic achievement and community involvement. Deadline: May 1st. For an application and additional information visit:

Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors:

The Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation offers numerous scholarship opportunities. Applications are due annually in January. Visit:

Students are encouraged to create a fastweb account, this will allow them to recieve scholarship alerts for scholarship for which they meet eligibility criteria.

Students are also encouraged to visit the career center regularly for other scholarship opportunities and to listen to the announcements for additional updates. Futhermore, students can seek institutional scholarships from thier respective universities.

Cien Amigos Scholarship

This scholarship is offered by the Mexican Consulate. They have $1000 scholarships for college students, and $300 for juniors and seniors in high school. The deadlines is May 31, 2013.

Community Service

Why students should do Community Service:

  •  get exposure to different careers
  • develop as leaders of their community
  • learn skills beyond those taught in the classroom

Students can earn a cord at graduation if they meet the following criteria:

  • complete 20 hours of community service for two academic years, these do not have to be two consecutive years (e.g. 9th and 10th grade, or 10th and 11th grade)
  • complete 25 hours of community service in their senior year
  • recieve verification of all community service hours completed and submit them to their advocacy teacher each year
  • write a reflection essay at the end of each academic year for which they did community service

Resources for local community service opportunities

AVID in the News

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