Hello, and welcome to the web page of Kelli Kuberski. I have been teaching at Santiago High School for 24 years. Originally, I taught English, but 13 years ago I was given the opportunity to start the AVID program at our school. We are the first school in GGUSD to implement this program. I loved teaching AVID so much that I gave up my English classes in order to dedicate myself to this fabulous program. In 2009 we had the honor of becoming an AVID National Demonstration Site! We were re-validated as a National Demonstration Site in 2012.
What is AVID? AVID is an acronym for Advancement Via Individual Determination. The program was started by a teacher, Mary Catherine Swanson, in San Diego in 1980. She saw a group of students who had the potential to attend a four year university directly after high school, but were some how slipping through the cracks. AVID was created to help this type of student qualify for and attend the four year university of their choice.The program targets students who are in the middle. We take B or C students with average test scores and place them in the AVID class. We also place them in honors and AP courses. Twice a week we have college tutors come into the classroom. All of our tutors are former Santiago AVID students, and they all attend a 4 year university. These tutors help support the students in their rigorous classes. We teach them how to take notes, study, organize, and think critically. Many of our students are first generation college "goers" (As was I).. For more information about AVID, please click on the links for AVID on line.