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Academic Programs Overview

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

Run by Mrs. Tucker and Mrs. Dorian, AVID targets students in the academic middle - B, C, and even D students - who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard.  These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential.  Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families.  AVID pulls these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track: acceleration instead of remediation.

(From AVIDonline)


The Newport Mesa Unified School District offers a Gifted and Talented Education Program for eligible students in grades 4 – 12. The programs are designed to meet the needs of high ability and intellectually gifted students. Classroom instruction begins with the grade level core curriculum and is differentiated based upon student need and ability. The development of critical thinking is emphasized.

Music Program

Composed of advanced and beginning bands, choir and an orchestra, Ensign's music program is led by Mrs. Sarah Grenier.

Renaissance Program

The Renaissance program looks to reward academic excellence and promote positive behaviors on campus.