• Now Accepting AVID Applications for the 2022-2023 School Year!


    Application for students who are CURRENTLY in 6th grade and will be in 7th grade next year: Click Here

    Application for students who are CURRENTLY in 7th grade and will be in 8th grade next year: Click Here

    Application for students who are CURRENTLY in 8th grade and will be in 9th grade next year: Click Here

AVID at JAMS: Closing in on Almost Two Decades of Supporting Student Academic Success

  • JAMS is proud to have an AVID Elective option for students in grades 7 and 8, which it has been offering for almost two decades. JAMS AVID teachers begin working with students to help them develop skills and habits to prepare them for success in their high school classes. In particular, students are taught study skills, note taking, time management, writing, and research skills. The class will also include access to tutors from nearby colleges.Once students transition to Santa Monica High, they are taught how to deepen and apply these skills and support in their academics to help them fulfill their college goals. Specially trained tutors are hired and work in AVID classrooms 2-3 times a week, helping students learn how to tackle difficult academic challenges as well as persistence and tenacity. The district works to have a tutor to student ratio of 1:8 to maximize student support.

    To be considered for acceptance into the program students should have:

    • A minimum GPA of 2.0
    • Grade level performance on standardized state tests in reading, language, and mathematics.
    • Appropriate citizenship in all classes
    • Strong attendance
    • Personal challenges to attending college may such as being the first in family to attend college, financial hardship, underrepresented cultural/ethnic group, family or personal dilemmas, unusual circumstances, etc.
    • Personal interest in participating in the program as evidenced by completing all steps of the application process on time.


    The AVID team at JAMS includes Ms. Shannon Hale, Site Coordinator, Ms. Titia Murphy (8th Grade AVID Elective teacher) and Ms. Stefanie Schwartz (7th Grade AVID Elective Teacher) and Ms. Liz Cowgill (counselor). 

AVID Seniors College Acceptances List

Congratulations to our 2021 AVID Seniors on Their College Acceptances!



Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Shannon Hale, JAMS AVID Site Coordinator

Contact Ms. Hale, shale@smmusd.org , if you have questions about the AVID Program at JAMS.