We are AVID!

Our nation’s schools are full of students who possess a desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard, but many of them do not truly have the opportunity to be college-ready. These are often the students who will be the first in their families to attend college and are from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. AVID equips teachers with what they need to help these students succeed on a path to college and career success.

The power of AVID is the ability to impact students in the AVID Elective class and all students throughout the campus. AVID can have an effect on the entire school by providing classroom activities, teaching practices, and academic behaviors that can be incorporated into any classroom to improve engagement and success for all students.

With the implementation of the AVID schoolwide on its third year, graduation rates are up and stories of individual achievement abound at HPA.


Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a college-readiness system that prepares students in kindergarten through 12th grade for college eligibility and success. Established more than 35 years ago with one teacher in one classroom, AVID today impacts more than 1.2 million students in 44 states and 16 other countries/territories.  AVID is for all students but targets those who are in the academic middle. It supports students and educators as they increase school-wide/district-wide learning and performance. 

AVID is not just another program. At its heart, AVID is a philosophy…

Hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge.


AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. With AVID, students are able to: 

  • Succeed in rigorous curriculum
  • Complete a rigorous college preparatory path
  • Enroll in college
  • Become educated and responsible participants and leaders in their communities and our society


  • AVID is designed for middle- to upper middle- academic students. These students have the potential for honors level and Advanced Placement course work, but may need to develop the skills needed to be successful in those rigorous courses
  • AVID combines rigor with support that includes the student’s individual determination and the support of teachers, administrators, fellow AVID students, their families, and AVID tutors
  • Students must maintain 2.0 or higher grade-point average (GPA) throughout the school year


  • AVID is not a program for students at risk of not graduating 
  • AVID is not for students who don’t do any of their homework
  • AVID is not for the consistently D or F student
  • AVID is not for unmotivated students who do not have the individual determination needed for success 


The AVID Teacher sets high expectations for student achievement and supports student learning by:

  •         Believing all students are capable of success
  •         Implementing AVID strategies daily and work directly with students
  •         Implementing and promoting the use of WICOR strategies in all classes
  •         Their commitment to student success and improved student learning
  •         Their commitment as a life-long learner and collaboration with their peers for professional learning



  • Must maintain an average to above average GPA
  • Must be a hard worker, have a positive attitude and the desire to work collaboratively with others
  • Must be willing to complete four-year university requirements prior to graduation
  • Must take at least one AP course while in AVID


  •         Miss Alicia Roach – AVID District Director
  •         Miss Yi Chiang – Principal
  •         Mrs. Lilia Desembrana – Site Coordinator
  •         Miss Chelsey Torres – AVID Elective Teacher, HS
  •         Miss Aillen Cioco – AVID Elective Teacher, MS
  •         Mr, Glenn Ocaca -AVID Elective Teacher, MS
  •         Miss Rocio Saucedo – Counselor
  •         Content Teachers:

o   Miss Deana Salter

o   Miss Shannon Wilson

o   Miss Vangielyn Dela Cruz

o   Mr. Alfred Santos

o   Mr. Alfred Alicabo

o   Miss Janna Molero

o   Miss Rachel Reyes

o   Miss Mary Vardhanapu

o   Miss Marisol Galvez

o   Miss Marybel Gunda Albaladejo

o   Mr. Eric Evans

o   Miss Norma Alleyne

o   Mr. Abraham Palencia

o   Miss Francine Brown

o   Mr. Victor Mendoza

o   Miss Azalea Birriel

o   Mr. Rolando Bayarcal

o   Miss Rocel Borinaga

o   Miss Claudia Valencia

o   Mr. Mikhael Ybanez