Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
AVID is a rigorous elective course taken throughout the duration of high school which will set students on a college preparatory pathway. AVID helps students become organized, more successful in academic classes, provides tutoring in all subjects, and assists with the college application process including seeking financial aid and scholarships.
For questions and information regarding AVID, please contact Mrs. Nelsen.
Title I is federally-funded financial assistance for schools with high percentages of low-income families to help ensure that all students meet challenging state academic standards. At SOAR, AVID is our primary Title I program.
Dr. Stephanie Herrera, Principal
Dr. Les Uhazy, AVC College Liaison
Dr. Jill Zimmerman, AVC College Liaison
Mrs. Rika Moya, Head Counselor
Mrs. Amy Norman, Title I Coordinator
Ms. Katy Nelsen, AVID Coordinator
District and SOAR High School Goals for Student Achievement:
- Ensure that students are academically proficient and prepared for college and career.
- Provide a 21st-century learning environment and rigorous curriculum that allows students to have multiple experiences and opportunities for academic, collegiate, professional and personal growth.
- Cultivate a safe and secure, positive school culture that supports all students’ personal and academic growth.
- Communicate effectively with all stakeholders and continue to build relationships in the community that help provide our students with innovative educational opportunities.
21st Century Learning & Rigorous Curriculum
- Chromebooks in every classroom
- Digital Math curriculum by Big Ideas
- Digital/SAT preparatory English Language Arts Curriculum by CollegeBoard (Honors level for all 9th, 10th, and 11th-graders)
- Dual enrollment courses at AVC
- GoogleClassroom, Canvas, and Course Sites for online learning
- Rigorous Science offerings: Biology (all 9th grade), *Articulated Chemistry (all 10th grade), Anatomy and Physiology, Forensic Biology, Physics, *Articulated Psychology (available to 11th and 12th grade)
- Relevant Social Students offerings: Honors World History (10th grade), Honors US History (11th grade), Civics, Economics, Ethnic Students, Contemporary Issues
How families can help students succeed
- Teach students to advocate for themselves. Students must learn to talk to teachers, professors, and tutors about their needs or questions.
- Help your student establish and maintain their organizational system. All students have planners to help them keep track of homework.
- Encourage participation in clubs, community service, and extracurricular activities. Colleges don’t just look at grades. A student who shows participation in his/her community is important for university admissions!
- Check PowerSchool. Stay up to date on grades, missing work and attendance.
- Download the AV High School District app. Stay up to date on announcements and upcoming events.
College and Career Readiness
- All students enrolled in AVID for academic support and college readiness
- College Admissions and Career Guest Speakers
- Family Connection
- College Field Trips
- Regularly updated scholarships list (see soarhs.org)
- Weekly AVID tutorials or Collaborative Study Groups
- College and Career Counselor, Mrs. Rika Moya
- Pupil Services Technician, Mrs. Tracey Chainey
SOAR Vision Statement
SOAR Stars are life-long learners and self-advocates who solve the most pressing challenges through an unwavering pursuit of knowledge, innovation, and collaboration, becoming engaged and productive leaders of their communities.
SOAR Values Statement
SOAR Stars are trustworthy, cooperative, open-minded, and mature individuals, who treat each other with equality, inclusiveness, and compassion.
Have a question or concern about your student?
See our staff directory at soarhs.org to contact the teacher directly via email. Call (661) 722-6509 to leave a message with Mrs. Andrews for a teacher.
Please relay a phone number and times when you can be reached.
If you would like to volunteer, chaperone field trips or events, participate and/or observe in the classroom, please contact our office at (661) 722-6509.