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Academic Programs Overview

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

Run by Mrs. Levy and Mr. Cameron, 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.

Ensign's Music Program

Composed of advanced and beginning bands and choir (along with a guitar class), 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. 

Zeroes Are not Permitted (Z.A.P.)

At Ensign, we expect all students to come to school each day prepared to learn.  This includes having their required materials and completing all of their homework assignments.

If students are struggling academically, they may be required to call home and stay after school for one hour of tutoring with their teacher.

The easiest way not to get ZAPPED...come to school with your assignments done.