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Academic Programs Overview

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

The Ensign AVID program provides the foundations of writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading skills to support students who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These skills provide scaffolds for students to meet their individual potential and provide opportunities.  Students develop study skills and explore colleges and carer interests.  Students in AVID can continue at Newport Harbor High School. 

GATE

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.