Antelope Valley School District


We Want to Hear From You -- Take Our Survey By April 30!

We want to know what you think about the programs and services we offer to your student.

Our schools are provided with federal funding (formally named Title 1) to help students who struggle in meeting challenging state standards or who have achievement gaps in their education. The primary purpose of this funding is to bridge the gap between low-income students and other students, however, ALL our students benefit from the programs associated with this funding. 

Please take 5 minutes to give us your feedback by clicking here before April 30, 2019.

Thank You!

Girl in lab coat pouring water, view of water reservoirs, men working on water plumbing equipment

Palmdale Water District is launching its first JUNIOR Water Ambassadors Academy to give interested high school 10th & 11th grade students an opportunity to learn all about Palmdale Water District’s history, infrastructure, facilities, water sources, and related career opportunities. The session will take place Thursday, May 16 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are no fees to participate but space is limited. Lunch is provided and a certificate will be given to those who complete the academy. To submit your application, please visit

Kaiser Permanente Mediacal Explorers in optometrist office practicing technique on doctor

Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley is now accepting Medical Exploring applications from 9th-12th grade AVUHSD students for the 2019-2020 school year!

Exploring is a career education program for students who are between 14 and 20-years-old. Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley physicians and employees volunteer their time to provide real-world career experiences for the explorers and help them gain practical knowledge in the medical field through a variety of activities. As a youth-led program, students organize monthly meetings including hands-on learning presentations, a tour of the Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley Medical Offices and Kaiser Permanente Regional Lab, community service projects, CPR training, and a final educational field trip.

Applications are due May 17 and can be downloaded at If you are interested in health care careers, apply today!


Elizabeth McKinstry headshot title awards

Dr. Elizabeth McKinstry, AVUHSD Director of Career Technical Education (CTE), who oversees the District's career academies and pathways that prepare students for a wide range of future college and career options, was recently awarded two state honors for her support and work with staff, students and the community in providing local youth advanced learning and tools, as well as the knowledge and skills necessary for the jobs of tomorrow. 

CTE is an educational approach that integrates rigorous academics with curriculum relevant to pursuing high-wage, high-skill and high-demand careers in various fields including health care, digital media, engineering, technology and public service. The AVUHSD is committed to providing its students a rigorous curriculum that enables them to develop the necessary academic, technical and work-related skills need to achieve their goals. CTE coursework is important in this mission as it provides hands-on, real-world experience.

McKinstry received the 2019 California Career Technical Education Administrator of the Year award from the California Association for Career Technical Education (CAACTE). The CAACTE organization is comprised of administrators, teachers, counselors, industry professionals, community and government representatives who facilitate all aspects of CTE that lead to preparing today's youth for future careers.

She also received the California HOSA Administrator of the Year award for her support of health career preparation. The Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) organization's mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. The District's 250 student and teacher members of HOSA includes the Health Career Academy at Palmdale High School, the Biomedical Science Academy at Eastside High School, the Biomedical Science Pathway at Littlerock High School, and the Dental Pathway at Antelope Valley High School. 

"I am honored to receive these awards," said Dr. McKinstry. "I share these recognitions with the many dedicated educators, industry representatives and other members of the Antelope Valley community who support the ongoing work of our District to ensure all of our students are prepared for the ever-changing workforce of the 21st Century."


3rd Annual Spring Break Army Bootcamp Completed

Congratulations to our more than 100 students who completed the Army Boot Camp event held at Antelope Valley High School this week. We commend you for spending your Spring Break trying new things and looking toward the future! The students slept in tents, participated in military physical training and competitions, team building, and life saving training. Yesterday, our Boot Camp participants proudly ran down Lancaster Blvd. to showcase their efforts. Special thanks to our staff, US Army partners and volunteers who made this event possible! #AVHS #USArmy #AVFindYourPath