To ensure all students graduate college and career ready, Whittier Union has implemented a culture of high expectations and academic rigor strengthened by its use of AVID’s pioneering instructional and learning strategies.
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges.
Whittier Union’s AVID campuses – Pioneer, Santa Fe and Whittier high schools – have produced stellar results and successful alumni since incorporating the program into their strong school curriculum.
In 2017, Pioneer, an AVID school since 2001, earned the AVID National Demonstration School designation, and Santa Fe, an AVID school for more than 20 years, was revalidated as a demonstration school, a status it has held since 2001. Only the top 3 percent of AVID schools reach this status.
Whittier High is a Highly Certified AVID site, while California and La Serna high schools offer a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, ensuring every student is prepared to pursue higher education.
The AVID program includes inquiry-based structured tutorials led by highly trained teachers who help students develop long-range academic and personal plans. Students tour colleges, visit with college counselors and receive help with pursuing scholarships and financial aid opportunities.