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AVID Program @ DRHS

Did you know that college graduates

…on average, earn $51,000 a year.  Over the course of a career, a college grad will make nearly $1 million more than a high school graduate.

…have careers that offer more and better benefits (health insurance, sick leave, personal leave, vacation time).

…have better and more career opportunities.

…have greater job security

…live, on average, nine years longer than those who don’t graduate from high school.


It is obvious that attending and graduating from college provides the means and opportunities for financial security and the perks that go along with it. What is less obvious are the skills and abilities that make college acceptance and college success a reality. Preparation begins early in a child’s educational career with hard work, desire and a goal-oriented mindset, and it continues through careful nurturing of these qualities throughout a child’s high school education.


At Diamond Ranch we provide the continued support to develop these qualities and to make college a reality through AVID.  A national program, AVID was instituted at Diamond Ranch in 2013. In that time, 95% of our AVID students have been accepted to four-year universities. Additionally, AVID students have higher overall Grade Point Averages, as well as greater enrollment in Honors and Advanced Placement courses. Additionally 100% of our AVID seniors complete the FAFSA and apply for scholarships as part of their AVID curriculum.  AVID emphasizes a deliberate focus on organization, writing, speaking skills, SAT/ACT preparation, and transition into college. Our AVID students work with college tutors weekly, visit college campuses, listen to guest speakers, and enjoy priority registration for regular and summer school courses. Most importantly, the AVID family, that includes AVID students, teachers, college tutors, designated counselor, and administrators, supports each student to ensure their well-being and academic success.


AVID Students


AVID students enroll in an elective class offered during school hours, and are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities such as band, choir, dance and athletics. Because these activities enrich and expand their classroom education, colleges and universities seek out these students. These AVID Elective courses are taken all four years, culminating in the senior AVID course which supports students as they transition into higher education. Over the past three years, our AVID students have gotten acceptances from the following colleges and universities:


Alabama State University

Arcadia University

Arizona State University

Arizona State University, Tempe

Azusa Pacific University

Benedict University

Bethune-Cookman University

Biola University

California Baptist University

California State Polytechnic University,Pomona

California State University, Channel Islands

California State University, Chico

California State University, Dominguez Hills

California State University, East Bay

California State University, Fresno

California State University, Fullerton

California State University, Humboldt

California State University, Long Beach

California State University, Monterey Bay

California State University, Northridge

California State University, San Bernardino

California State University, San Diego

California State University, San Francisco

California State University, San Marcos

California State University, Sonoma

Central Washington University

Charles R. Drew University

Chapman University

Colorado Mountain College

Colorado State University, Pueblo

Columbia College, Chicago

Concordia College, Alabama

Concordia University, Irvine

DePaul University

Dillard University

Dixie State University

Dominican University of California

Drexel University

Emerson College

Fort-Valley State University

Grambling State University

Grand Canyon University

Harris-Stowe State University

Hawaii Pacific University

Howard University

Huston-Tillotson University

Ithaca College

Jackson State University

Johnson and Wales University

Keiser University

Lane College

Lincoln University

Lynn University

Marymount California University

Mount Saint Mary's University

Niagara University

Northern Arizona University

Nova Southeastern University

Pace University

Philander Smith College

Regents University, London

Ringling Arts and Design College

Santa Clara University

Shaw University

Sierra Nevada College

Southern Utah University

Suny Buffalo State University

Talladega University

Unity College

University of Bradford

University of California, Davis

University of California, Irvine

University of California, Riverside

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of La Verne

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Portland

University of Redlands

University of San Francisco

University of Washington, Tacoma

Utah State University

Whittier College

Wiley College

Willamette University

Willamette University

Woodbury University


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