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Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD

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AVID Program

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Dr. Linda Uribe, Executive Director
Phone: (956) 354-2044
Fax: (956) 354-3014

Address: 704 W. Ridge Rd., San Juan 78589

AVID Overview

AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is an academic system dedicated to closing the opportunity gap, so all PSJA ISD students are prepared for college and career readiness.

Our Mission
AVID’s mission is to close the opportunity gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

AVID Secondary
The AVID elective class targets students in the academic middle, who have the desire to go to college and are capable of completing rigorous curriculum using the will to work hard. In the AVID elective, students are routinely required to enroll in their school's toughest courses, such as honors or advanced placement classes.

Activities in AVID Secondary

  • Learning with college tutors
  • Enrolling in Pre-AP/AP coursework
  • Visiting college campuses
  • Continuously planning and preparing for college admissions
  • Writing for all classes
  • Preparing for a professional career
  • Interacting with guest speakers
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Developing success strategies and study skills for lifelong learning

AVID Excel

AVID Accelerates English Language Acquisition

AVID Excel® was created to change the trajectory of long-term English learners

AVID Excel works by accelerating language acquisition, developing literacy, and placing AVID Excel students on the path to high school AVID and college preparatory coursework. Emergent multilingual students (long-term English learners) indicate that they want to go to college, but without a structured way for teachers and schools to address their specific needs, these students experience gaps in their academic preparation that stop them from entering a college preparatory course of study.


Keys to AVID Excel Success

Professional Learning

Ongoing training and coaching for AVID Excel teachers, AVID District Directors, and site administrators on lesson development, diagnostic teaching, and evaluating student progress.

Family Connections

AVID Excel strengthens partnerships between schools and families to promote literacy outside of school and deepen families’ understanding of student success in college and career.


AVID Excel districts work to ensure their heritage language courses support full biliteracy, increase academic rigor, and provide a path to Advanced Placement® language classes for emergent multilingual students.

AVID Excel Elective

The elective provides explicit instruction in English language development and academic language through reading, writing, oral language, academic vocabulary, and college readiness skills.

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Stella A. Sanchez

AVID District Director
(956) 354-2084 Ext. 1570