El Capitan AVID

Program Description:

AVID is an academic elective that serves to prepare students to be successful in a rigorous high school curriculum in preparation for acceptance to a four-year college or university. Instructional methodologies are based on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, reading, motivational events, and continued academic rigor.

AVID Banquet 2017

AVID Banquet video.mp4


The PSAT will be administered at El Capitan High School on OCTOBER 19th, 2016. Sign up at the finance office.

*Mandatory for all 9th and 10th grade students*

2017-18 SAT Test Dates

Visit www.collegeboard.org for more information on fees and registration.

Visit the student's counselor for more information on test waivers.

2017-18 ACT Test Dates

Visit http://www.act.org for more information on fees and registration.

Visit the student's counselor for more information on test waivers.

Field Trip Information

Field trips for college visits and tours as well as the end of the year AVID trip will be determined at a later time. All students going on a field trip must fill out the field trip form (will be added to the site at a later date).


Club AVID is responsible for many fundraisers and events. For any students interested in AVID, come check out the AVID booth during Club Day (date TBD) for more information.

Weekly Schedule


WICOR: Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading, SAT Prep/Quickwrites


Tutorial Sessions with college tutors


Binder Check, Field Trips, Guest Speakers, Motivational Activities, Team Building

Required Materials

  • 3-Ring Binder (1 ½” – 2”)
  • Zipper Pouch
  • Dividers
  • 3-Ring Binder Paper
  • Pens/Pencils/Colored Pens/Highlighters
  • Calendar or Planner

Community Service

  • Students must commit to a MINIMUM of 15 hours of service per semester.
  • Service must be completed OUTSIDE the school day.
  • Students may not be paid or required for any other reason to do the service.
  • Service must be properly documented on provided form or via a formal letter on company letterhead.
  • Students will be offered opportunities and/or suggestions throughout the school year.


  • Students must take either the PSAT/SAT or PLAN/ACT during semester 1.
  • This is a course requirement—for a grade.
  • Sophomores should take whatever they did NOT take last year.
  • Juniors with exceptional test-taking skills should take the 1st PSAT offering of the year in an attempt to qualify for National Merit—a qualification from which a student could earn valuable scholarships.
  • Fee waivers are available and can be discussed with AVID coordinators or student’s counselor.
  • Visit www.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org for more information about the SAT and ACT.

AVID Site Team