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Empire AVID Program

about 1 year ago

Empire Elementary is in the process of creating a college – bound culture in all classrooms. An important part of that culture, especially in the upper grades, includes AVID.

The Mission of AVID:

The mission of AVID is to ensure that ALL students, and most especially the least served students who are in the middle:

  • will succeed in rigorous curriculum,
  • will complete a college preparatory path,
  • will enter mainstream activities of the school,
  • will increase their enrollment in four-year colleges, and
  • will become educated, responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.

What is AVID?

  • AVID is an acronym that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination
  • AVID is an in-school academic support program currently for 7-8 grades that prepares students for college eligibility and success.
  • AVID places academically average students in advanced classes with support.
  • AVID levels the playing field for minority, rural, and other students without a college-going tradition in their families.
  • AVID is for all students, but it targets the at-risk population in the academic middle. Who is an AVID student?
  • At Empire Elementary, we began the implementation of AVID in the 7th and 8th grades. Eventually, AVID will be implemented in the lower grades in the form of learning how to take notes and ask higher level questions.

AVID Facts: Click Here

  • AVID, in 2010, will be celebrating its 30th Anniverary.
  • AVID’s approach to learning is to raise expectation and provide support for students and educators.

What AVID isn’t . . . .

  • AVID isn’t a remedial program
  • AVID isn’t a free ride
  • AVID isn’t a niche program.

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Empire ASES Program

11 months ago

After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program

The mission of the EUSD After School Education and Safety (ASES) program is to provide academic and social success for participating families by establishing a safe and motivating environment that supports the instructional day.

The ASES program operates every regular school day during the regular school year (180 days).  The program starts immediately upon the conclusion of the school day and operates until 6pm.  A daily nutritious snack is provided.  The program operates with a student/staff ratio no greater than 20 to 1.  ASES currently provides priority registration to students grades 3rd-6th.

Program elements of ASES include the following:

  1. Education and Literacy Element

Provides homework time and homework assistance.This portion is done the first 45-60 minutes.All students participating in ASES must participate in this portion.Students picked up before the end of this segment on more than three occasions may be terminated from the program.While time is provided to work on homework, it is not necessarily checked for completeness or accuracy by program staff.

  1. Education Enrichment Element

The educational enrichment element offers an array of programs and activities that reinforce and complement the regular day academic program.Educational enrichment may include, but is not limited to, positive youth development strategies and recreation activities including visual and performing arts, physical activity, health/nutrition promotion, community service-learning projects, science related activities, and garden clubs.Please contact the Site Coordinator for specific program enrichment offerings.


If you have questions, please contact

Site Coordinator Contact Info

Alma Sloan –

District Cell:  380-7925

District Contact Info

Elisabeth Wilson - ASES District Program Coordinator


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CAASPP test Information

about 1 year ago

CAASP Testing Information

How to understand your student's scores

Guides to understanding

Below you will find links to help you understand your student's score on the CAASPP, or state test. Each grade level has explanations in English and Spanish.

3rd Grade, English

3rd Grade, Spanish

4th and 6th Grade, English

4th and 6th Grade, Spanish

5th Grade, English

5th Grade, Spanish

By Tyler Buer