What is AVID?
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a fourth- through twelfth-grade system to prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students, and in closing the achievement gap. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.
The AVID Student
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. As well as the high achiever. AVID is open to ALL students. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential.
The AVID Elective
Not only are students enrolled in the toughest classes, such as honors and Advanced Placement, but also in the AVID elective. For one period every other day, they learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. Their self-images improve, and they become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.
The AVID Curriculum
The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and senior high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is driven by the WICR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading. AVID curriculum is used in AVID elective classes, in content-area classes in AVID schools, and even in schools where the AVID elective is not offered.
Does AVID work?
State-funded, independent research, together with AVID’s own data, validate that the AVID college-readiness system works. Consider: AVID students are more likely to take AP classes, complete their college eligibility requirements, and get into four-year colleges than students who don’t take AVID. Almost all AVID students who participate for at least three years are accepted to college, and all of our students complete their A-G requirements. AVID also helps ensure students, once accepted to college, possess the higher-level skills they need for college success. We help students beyond academic support by focusing on financial aid and scholarships.