English Learner College Readiness

As part of AVID's focus to increase the number of English Language Learners (ELL) who benefit from the AVID College Readiness System and from AVID strategies across the content areas, English Learner College Readiness (ELCR) includes the AVID Excel Program, Two-Day ELL Math and Science Trainings, and an AVID-Infused ELD California Pilot. For additional information, please email elcr@avidcenter.org.

ELCR Mission

To ensure that English learner students have full access to AVID and college preparatory coursework.

ELCR Components

The AVID Excel Program: A middle school program for long-term ELLs that includes professional learning, pre-AVID elective courses, family workshops, and promotion of biliteracy in order to accelerate academic language acquisition and entrance to AVID and college prep courses in 9th grade. Students commit to participating in two summer bridges and to a year-long elective class in both 7th and 8th grades. The focus of this program is to develop students' academic language proficiency in all domains: reading, writing, speaking, and listening, while also developing their self-regulatory and leadership skills and motivation to work toward college readiness.

See the resources below for more information about the AVID Excel Program.

AVID Excel Brochure
AVID Excel Introductory PowerPoint

Two-Day ELL Math and Science Trainings: Designed for secondary math and science teachers who want to strategically infuse more ELL strategies into their classes. This training provides hands-on practice with ELL strategies and guided practice in developing unit plans that include these strategies. Download the flyers below for details on the trainings and information on how to schedule a training for your district.

ELL Math Flyer
ELL Science Flyer

AVID-Infused ELD California Pilot: We are working to infuse AVID strategies, structures, and expectations into ELD courses, so that students  who would not typically have room in their schedules to participate in the traditional AVID Elective get the benefit of some of AVID’s college readiness skills. We are currently piloting the strategies in Lake Elsinore Unified School District in California.


Want to learn more?

Our Access Research Journal, Issue 14.1, Winter 2008 features the following articles about English-language learners:

A Personal Charge to Defy the Odds and Close the Achievement Gap
AVID has shown to be effective in supporting academic success for English-language learners. The achievement gap remains far too wide between white students and Latino students. We have asked Dr. Aliber Lozano, Director of Professional Learning for AVID, to share his story of growing up in a home where English was a second language.

Understanding and Action: How One School is Helping Latino ELL students through AVID
Valerie Rivas Martínez is a World Language Specialist for the Fresno Unified School District's Curriculum and Professional Learning department and long-time AVID staff developer. At Sunnyside High School, a large urban school in Fresno, California, a movement began several years ago to help ELL students through the AVID program. They developed an understanding of some systemic barriers that needed to be overcome in order to provide ELL students access to college.

AVID English Language Learners Project
This article explains the specifics of a grant from the Irvine Foundation. It details how it is being used to engage in an effort to increase the graduation, passage of the high school exit exam, and college going rates among English-language learners who begin high school in Hacienda La Puente School District in the lowest quartile of academic achievement.