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Academic Support Programs Fuel Student Success

To ensure all students graduate college and career ready, Whittier Union has implemented a culture of high expectations and academic rigor, strengthened by several academic support and peer mentorship programs.
District schools host Future Frosh Night to introduce incoming freshmen to the academic and extra-curricular opportunities available on campus and also host summer bridge programs.
Freshman First Day, held ahead of the first day of school, eases students’ transition to high school by enabling freshmen to tour their respective schools, attend abbreviated class sessions, meet their teachers and classmates and bond with upperclassmen, known as Link Crew members.
Students may join Puente, sponsored by the University of California, or Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), which are college-readiness systems designed to close the achievement gap and increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges. Two Whittier Union campuses have earned AVID National Demonstration School status for their exemplary programs.
Students in both programs work with counselors and teachers to prepare and adhere to an academic plan that focuses on college readiness. They tour colleges, visit with counselors, receive scholarship and financial aid information, and participate in advanced academic programs.
Puente students have earned the prestigious Regents’ and Chancellor’s scholarships to UC Berkeley. Over the last three years, 11 Whittier Union AVID students have been named Dell Scholars, collectively earning $220,000 in college scholarships, with one graduate receiving a $40,000 Edison Scholarship.
Data shows that Class of 2019 seniors enrolled in AVID outperformed their peers nationally in taking AP exams. Of these graduates, 92% met four-year college entrance requirements and 82% took at least one AP course.
Whittier Union celebrates its college-bound seniors with College Signing Day ceremonies, recognizing their commitment to four-year universities, community colleges, the military or vocational schools.

Learn more in our 2020 Report to the Community.

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