Tulare City School District Office

Advancement Via Individual Determination

The Advancement Via Individual Determination's (AVID) mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. 

Research shows that two years of middle school AVID has a positive impact on students' course-taking patterns and academic performance in high school. Ninety percent of AVID graduates said that AVID prepared them well for college. (Center for Research and Evaluation in Education, 1999, Burlingame, CA.)

For more information about the Tulare City School District AVID program, please contact our Director of Curriculum, Debbi Parker.

Who is the AVID Student?

Students with academic potential:

  • Average to high test scores
  • 2.0 - 3.5 GPA
  • College potential with support
  • Desire and determination


You also must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • First to attend college
  • Historically underserved in four-year colleges
  • Low income
  • Special circumstances

AVID presupposes high school graduation and has university eligibility as its goal!


Debbie Portillo
Director of Learning Supports



Colleen Ross
Curriculum Specialist (AVID, New Teacher Support)
(559) 687-1558

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