• Applications to Join the Santa Monica High School AVID Program Now Being Accepted for the 2023-2024 School Year

    Students who will be 9th graders at Santa Monica High School (current 8th graders) Click here for the application.

    Applications to Join the SMMUSD AVID Program Now Being Accepted for the 2022-2023 School Year

    Students who will be 8th graders at John Adams Middle School (JAMS) (current 7th graders) Click here for the application.

    Students who will be 7th graders at John Adams Middle School (JAMS) (current 6th graders) Click here for the application.

Congratulations to our 2021 AVID Seniors on Their College Acceptances!

AVID Seniors College Acceptances

During the summer, the District AVID Team was busy planning for the 2021-2022 school year.

AVID Team plans during summer 2021.



Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Erin Hill

Contact Ms. Erin Hill, AVID District Director, at ehill@smmusd.org for any AVID related questions.



  • AVID is a nationally recognized program that helps schools close the achievement gap. At SMMUSD, students may join the AVID program in 7th and 8th grade at John Adams Middle School and continue through 9th-12th grade at Santa Monica High School. In their AVID elective class, they are taught explicit strategies (including Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) designed to help them be successful in their core classes. Specially trained tutors work with the students two to three times a week, with a ratio of approximately 1 tutor for every 8 students. During tutoring, students are not simply given answers to their academic questions but rather taught metacognitive strategies on how to arrive at solutions. Working in collaborative groups, students connect with and encourage one another to create a community of learners. In grades 11 and 12, students receive focused instruction and assistance on college application essays, the college application process, and financial aid forms. They also utilize tutors to help them with the challenges of Advanced Placement and Honors courses.

    To be considered for acceptance into the AVID program, a student should have a mid-range academic performance and average test scores. Additionally, students are expected to have good attendance and positive citizenship. Students who have a desire for academic success and are intrinsically motivated, and may be the first in their family to go to college are strongly encouraged to apply.

    The application period occurs during February.