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San Marino Elementary Recognized as an AVID Certified Site


Buena Park, CA, December 20, 2019 –


Administration and staff at San Marino Elementary received an early holiday gift this year; official notice that the school has earned the status of an AVID Elementary Certified School. This high honor comes after just two and a half years of program implementation.


“AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all scholars for college readiness and success in a global society.”


AVID is designed to be a college readiness system that begins in elementary school and has proven results at increasing the number of scholars eligible to enroll in college and university after high school graduation.


Upon entering the third year of implementation, every teacher on site and additional staff members have received training in high quality research-based best teaching practices around the elements of WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading). These professional development opportunities show teachers how to deliver rigorous instruction in engaging ways to help scholars reach the full potential of their abilities.


To earn the title of an AVID Certified Elementary School means that high quality researched-based best practices are being used school-wide, with the belief that all San Marino scholars will experience opportunity, access, and academic efficacy. Implementation and systemic instructional change throughout the school has been the vision of Principal, Dr. Omaira Lee.

“This certification is a recognition of the hard-work and dedication of the staff. I know I can walk into any classroom, any time of the day, and see teachers and scholars working collaboratively to access deeper levels of learning. It’s very exciting to see our scholars learn to become independent critical thinkers and leaders.”


San Marino will be hosting their second AVID Showcase on April 7, 2020. This event provides an opportunity for outside educational leaders to walk through classrooms to watch high quality researched-based best practices and student learning in action.


Dr. Omaira Lee, San Marino Elementary School


AVID Showcase is a Success!
On April 2nd, San Marino School hosted an AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) Elementary Showcase. The school hosted visiting educators and dignitaries who came to observe the San Marino team in action. 

Visitors were able to observe WICOR (writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading) elements in each classroom. Staff shared examples of the use of Socratic Seminars and other collaborative structures that are an integral part of the approaches used by all San Marino teachers and are in use daily school-wide. 

The school was also able to highlight our partnership with Orangeview Junior High. Thanks to their support, we have AVID Student Tutors every week. 

More examples of skills that are developed on an AVID campus are Focused Note-Taking at all grade levels, as well as Collaborative Study Groups in our 6th Grade classes. San Marino is proud to have integrated a powerful instructional strategy that is typically only seen at the middle and high schools into our sixth grade classes. We see improved student engagement and enthusiasm as they embrace these tools of learning that will help them all through their academic careers and beyond.

Additionally, our San Marino teacher team exemplifies continued dedication to professional learning through OC AVID Regional Workshops and a willingness to host a workshop next year! These are but a few examples of how AVID continues to blossom at San Marino. San Marino is AVID strong and AVID-minded!
AVID Showcase April 7, 2020 8am-12noon
     San Marino Elementary is pleased to host our second AVID Elementary Showcase. Educators from the Southern California Region will be joining us as we display and present our success in implementing AVID strategies school wide. All grade levels, Kindergarten-6th will be participating in an exciting display of learning at San Marino Elementary School.
For more information, contact Bethany Glazebrook,



Nationally recognized approach designed to prepare students to be college and career ready continues its third year at San Marino. Buena Park, CA, September 13, 2018— Aimed at preparing students for their futures in college and careers by closing the achievement gap while still in the elementary grades, San Marino Elementary is launching its second year as an AVID school. AVID is a nationwide program that teaches students academic behaviors and higher-level thinking which in turn supports their academic success throughout their school years. AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, started over 35 years ago in San Diego, and today it continues to positively impact nearly two million students in more than 5,000 schools in 44 states and 16 countries/territories on their path toward college and careers.


Last year, San Marino students in 3rd through 6th grades were introduced to and used many of AVID’s strategies which were incorporated into daily classroom instruction. This year the school is expanding their adoption of AVID and is including all grades Kindergarten through sixth. All students will learn about organization, study skills, communication, and self-advocacy using the AVID systematic approach to Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading (WICOR). Dr. Omaira Lee, Principal at San Marino Elementary, shared, that, “AVID has proven that when given a system of rigorous curriculum and strategic support, all students can be academically successful.” 

San Marino has also taken on the appearance of AVID culture, both outside and inside the classrooms. These changes include posting flags from various universities throughout the campus, wearing university shirts on Fridays, banners announcing that San Marino is an AVID school, and a morning chant. Within the classrooms, there are college flags, teachers’ alma mater displays, student research of different colleges, Growth Mindset projects, multiple examples of students using academic language and collaboration, and every student has an organized binder. All students also attend a field trip to a local college or university where they are able to see what college is like.


AVID yellowSecond Annual Family Night
Join us for a chance to learn about WICOR! 
There will be AVID activities, fun, prizes, and snacks to purchase, so mark your calendar!
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Field Trips
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