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Valerie Rivas Martinez, Principal  

Mona Martin, Vice Principal/AVID Administrator​​

Francine Pederson, Teacher, AVID Coordinator​

Ricardo Guevara,Teacher


Schoolwide Commitment

 at Baird, AVID's teaching strategie, curriculum and trainings are not only used in the AVID elective classes, but in all subject areas.


AVID's Mission…
is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.


Student Goals

• Academic success in college-preparatory courses.

• Enrollment in college-preparatory courses throughout middle and high school to ensure enrollment in a four-year college or university upon graduation.


What is AVID?

AVID is a fourth- through twelfth-grade system to prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. These are students who are capable of completing a college-prep curriculum but may be falling short of their potential. The core component is the AVID elective, which supports students as they tackle the most rigorous classes. AVID's teaching strategies, curriculum, and trainings are used not only in the AVID elective class, but by subject-area teachers schoolwide.

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For questions regarding the AVID program contact Mrs. Pederson at

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