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AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a four-year elective class, customized for the Homestead community, for students who are serious about succeeding in high school and college. Our goal is to provide capable students with the support to thrive in any curriculum and course they desire to take through developing and practicing useful academic skills. The class is composed of classwork led by the AVID teacher and tutorial groups led by high school tutors.

AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. To learn more about the program, visit the AVID website

Homestead AVID is a four-year program for students who possess the motivation and the raw ability to succeed in high school and college, but appear to lack the consistent study habits and academic skills they need to make the most of their abilities. The goal of the program is to provide a targeted group of these already-capable students with the guidance and support they need to succeed at Homestead.  AVID methodologies focus on writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading. Several benefits await prospective AVID students. AVID is a “class community” composed of peers, teachers and tutors geared towards encouraging academic and personal success.  We have created a supportive community environment to allow a consistent source of support for all four years of high school with the same AVID teacher. AVID teachers coach students through high school course selection, high stakes test preparation, and college applications. As an integral part of the program, AVID students are guided through the college selection/application process, and are expected to apply to and attend a four-year college.

AVID Faculty

Natalie Owsley AVID Class of 2024
Shawnee Rivera AVID Class of 2025
Jessica Wakefield AVID Class of 2026
Kelly DiNucci AVID Class of 2027
Terri Hannigan AVID Administrator
Josh Maisel AVID District Administrator