Colton High School AVID Program

  • COLTON HIGH SCHOOL AVID PROGRAM is a National Demonstration Site

    AVID Demonstration Schools are exemplary models of the AVID College Readiness System demonstrating the very best AVID strategies and methodologies in both the AVID Elective and schoolwide college readiness practices. Schools and districts interested in implementing AVID or improving their own AVID program can arrange to visit these sites and experience a highly successful AVID program.

    At an AVID Demonstration school, visitors can observe:

    • Dedicated and successful implementation of the 11 Essentials
    • Strong and committed leadership
    • Evidence of outstanding student achievement
    • Models for excellent inquiry-based AVID tutorials
    • AVID as a schoolwide approach to school improvement
    • A schoolwide college-going culture with college readiness as a basic expectation
    • A center of learning for AVID best practices
    • A showplace for the synergy and excitement a strong AVID college readiness system creates
  • What is AVID?
    AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. The AVID Program is a 4th-12th grade system to prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students, and in closing the achievement gap.



    The AVID Student
    AVID targets students in the academic middle...B, C, and even D students...who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. AVID pulls these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track...acceleration instead of remediation.

  • The AVID Elective
    Not only are students enrolled in their school's toughest classes, such as Honors and Advanced Placement, but they are also placed in the AVID elective. For one period a day, they learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and ask probing questions, and get academic help from peers and college tutors. In addition, they participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. Their self-image improves, and they become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.


AVID Faculty

  • Peter Goldkorn

    Program Director &

    11th & 12th Grade Avdvisor


    Kristine Azar

    11th Grade AVID Advisor


    Ruth Gadea

    9th Grade AVID Advisor


    Patricia Tarleton

    9th Grade AVID Advisor


    Richard Urban

    10th Grade AVID Advisor