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AVID/ College Culture


"GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a federal program funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  GEAR UP provides federal funding for 213 state and partnership grants serving over 748,000 low-income students in 48 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Palau, and Puerto Rico. The goal of the program is to significantly increase the number of low-income middle and high school students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education"1. Bohannon is a Gear Up school!

For more information about Gear Up, just click the logo:





AVID is an academic, year long elective class, during the school day, based on writing as a tool of learning, the inquiry method, and collaborative grouping.  The three main components of the program are:

  • Academic instruction
  • Tutorial support
  • Motivational activities

For this program, there is an application and interview process.

How effective is AVID?  Here are some statistics:

  • 89.9% of AVID Seniors plan to attend college.
  • 90.8% of AVID Seniors completed college entrance requirements.
  • 70.1% of AVID students are economically disadvantaged.
  • AVID has been developed and in use for over 30 years.
  • BohannonMiddle School has utilized the AVID program for 6 years—the longest in San Lorenzo Unified. 

With parental and teacher support, AVID students will work maintain their grades and behavior in order to uphold their commitment.   



California Department of Education. 

College Planning assists students and their families on the different levels of educational opportunities available in California.



The California State GEAR UP Resources and Materials Clearinghouse is a dynamic,one-stop source for information that is customized to assist middle school educators in preparing their students and families for college. The Clearinghouse is a comprehensive reference tool that can be used to help educate the middle school community on the availability of college planning information ( 

If you're serious about college, then be sure to check out the resources available at theClearinghouse:

  • in Spanish
  • FAQs [Frequently asked questions] for Parents and Students
  • videos
  • websites
  • glossaries
  • financial aid
  • much, much more!



Need help getting your student information and support for college?  Be sure to visit the following sites:

CSU Mentor assists students in planning for college, in selecting the appropriate CSU campus to attend, in planning how to finance their education, and in applying for admission. is an online resource designed to help you learn about the higher-education options in California, select a campus to attend, plan to finance higher education, and begin the process of applying for admission.


Resources for Preparing for College can also be found through the University of California Office of the President.  They offer a College Readiness Workbook, Academic Planner and more!

Click below to see a comparison of the requirements between the UC and Cal State systems:

UC vs. Cal State

Plan for College Today!



The University of California has created a search engine to see whether a course satisfies the A - G requirements!  So, if you're wondering if the classes you are taking will count on your college application, check out the link below:

A - G Course Lists