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“Our vision for AVID at South High School…”
  • South High School will be a model AVID school for the Denver Public School District.
  • South High School will be a school with a dedicated staff and committed students where growth, nurturing and support will occur every day for every student
  • South High School AVID students will be the model student for the entire school and student body.
  • South High School is a school where learning and succeeding is contagious
  • South High School AVID students will be valuable, contributing members of their community through service, action, and attitude.

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What is AVID?

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) was developed by Mary Catherine Swanson at Clairemont High School in 1980 in response to San Diego Unified School District’s court-ordered integration of the city;s schools. The program began as an elective class taken during the regular school day. Mary Catherine held her students accountable to the highest standards and provided them with academic and social support. She believed they would rise to the challenge. And have they ever!

In 1992 AVID Center was established as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization and the program has evolved into a fourth through twelfth-grade system that successfully prepares students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. Beginning with one high school and 32 students the AVID system is now on the march toward 4,369 schools in 2010.

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JROTC Course Content: Our program of instruction is standardized throughout the 1650 Army JROTC programs nationwide. The Army provides the curriculum, books, and instructional materials. This curriculum focuses primarily on individual selfassessment and self-development. Uniforms are provided to the student at no charge. The course consists of two primary components:

Classroom Component: Students cover such subjects as Character Development, Leadership Theory, Foundations for Success, Wellness, Fitness and First Aid; and Citizenship. Programs such as Winning Colors, You the People, and Understanding Your Potential are also used to enhance classroom instruction and attain training objectives.

Leadership Lab Component: Upper classmen in leadership positions (under instructor supervision) conduct weekly inspections of students in uniform and perform instruction in drill. These activities are used to teach leadership, discipline, teamwork and individual responsibility.

Grading: We used the district grading scale. Our grades are weighted as follows:
40% – Class Academic Performance
30% – Inspection Score (Wear and care of the uniform)
30% – Class Participation
Note: A student who misses a uniform inspection day must make up that inspection on another day.

JROTC Extra Curricular Activities: The JROTC Department sponsors the following additional activities:

Rifle Team(s)– Men’s and Women’s team compete in Olympic marksmanship training and competition. Restricted to JROTC students. Season starts in August and concludes in December with the state rifle match at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Drill Team(s)- Drill team (drill with drill rifles) and Honor Platoon (all women’s organization drills without drill rifles) compete in regulation and student-developed drill routines. Restricted to JROTC students. Competitions include city, state and multi-state regional starting in February and ending in April. Practices are year-round.

Color Guard- Team that presents that National, State and School flags at school and community functions. Restricted to JROTC students. Team also competes in city, state and multi-state regional competitions. Practices and events are year-round.

About Advanced Placement

AP can change your life. Through college-level AP courses, you enter a universe of knowledge that might otherwise remain unexplored in high school; through AP Exams, you have the opportunity to earn credit or advanced standing at most of the nation’s colleges and universities. Advanced Placement courses give you a head start on college while you’re still in the supportive environment of a high school classroom. Taking the end-of-course AP Exam sends a powerful message to colleges and universities that you’re ready for them, and can enable you to gain admission, college credit, and placement into advanced courses.

Why Participate?

With 21 AP Courses offered across 7 subject areas, AP offers something for everyone. The only requirements are a strong curiosity about the subject you plan to study and the willingness to work hard. Here are just a few reasons to sign up:

Gain the Edge in College Preparation

  • Get a head start on college-level work.
  • Improve your writing skills and sharpen your problem-solving techniques.
  • Develop the study habits necessary for tackling rigorous course work.

Stand Out in the College Admissions Process

  • Demonstrate your maturity and readiness for college.
  • Show your willingness to push yourself to the limit.
  • Emphasize your commitment to academic excellence.

Broaden Your Intellectual Horizons

  • Explore the world from a variety of perspectives, most importantly your own.
  • Study subjects in greater depth and detail.
  • Assume the responsibility of reasoning, analyzing, and understanding for yourself.

What Classes are Offered?

  • Studio Art: 2-D Design Portfolio
  • Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio
  • Studio Art: 3-D Design Portfolio
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • United States Government and Politics
  • European History
  • Human Geography
  • Psychology
  • United States History
  • World History
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Statistics
  • Computer Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Physics 1
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • French Language and Culture

How Do I Enroll?

South High School is committed to equitable access as a guiding principle for enrollment in AP courses. We firmly believe that all students should have an opportunity to participate in rigorous and academically challenging courses and programs.

Once you’ve decided to take the AP challenge it’s easy to enroll

  • Talk to an AP teacher, Counselor or Mr. Jake Jacoby, the AP Coordinator at South High School about the course(s) you want to take. Discuss the course’s workload and any preparation you might need.
  • Attend the annual AP Night meeting held each May and sign your AP contract, meet with your instructors, and get a jump start on your AP courses.

What if I Struggle In My AP Course(s)?

South High School has built in academic support periods in the master schedule. AP teachers are available to provide support to help your AP experience be successful. Talk with your AP teachers or counselor about these academic support periods.


About Concurrent Enrollment

Another college credit bearing program, Concurrent Enrollment (CE) allows students to earn high school credits toward graduation as well as transferable college credits at the same time. Students receive 3 college credits per semester through the Community College of Denver (CCD) or the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) in courses designated as Guaranteed Transfer to all public colleges in Colorado. CE courses are available both on-campus at South and offsite at Auraria. Concurrent Enrollment courses are paid for by DPS, saving both time and money and easing the transition to college.

On-Campus offerings:

  • Civil War History
  • College English Composition
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Political Science

In addition, students can take any course, for which they qualify, off-campus at our CE partners, CCD and CU Denver. South Counselors work with students to adjust their schedule as needed to support travel to Auraria and enrollment in CE classes.

How do I enroll?

See your Counselor to complete the required paperwork, apply to the college through which you’d like to take classes, and get registered!


About Honors Classes

Accelerated (Honors) classes are designed to enrich students’ knowledge and understanding of course content. To gain this enrichment, students are required to complete certain assignments in addition to those given as part of the regular coursework.

Students who take Honors courses stand out in the college admissions process. By engaging in these courses, students demonstrate maturity and readiness for college and emphasize their commitment to academic excellence.


Seal of Biliteracy

Opportunity for students to get a seal on both their transcript and on their diploma. They get a cord at graduation and there is a district-wide awards ceremony. It is available in ANY world language demonstrating bi-literate and bi-lingual.


Contact Marisa Vasquez for more information.

Welcome to Edgenuity Credit Recovery!

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Edgenuity credit recovery is an option for students who need to recover credits from classes they have failed. This is an online program. Students have a period built into their schedules to work on the class with a content area teacher and the Edgenuity coordinator in the room for support.  Students may work outside of class as well to get ahead, or catch up. Tests and quizzes must be taken in the Edgenuity lab.

If you have any questions regarding the Edgenuity Credit Recovery program, please do not hesitate to contact the Coordinator.

Paul Grubesic
(720) 423-6282 (preferred)