• Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

    The AVID mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

    AVID is...

    • A program found in more than 4,500 schools in 45 states and 15 countries.
    • A class available to middle and high school students.
    • A college preparatory system that:
      • teaches students organization skills (both physical and mental).
      • helps students develop writing, inquiry and reading strategies to be successful.
      • builds collaboration skills.
      • prepares students to access rigorous courses that will prepare them for success in 4-year colleges and universities.

    Who is an AVID student?

    AVID students generally are in the academic middle--in the range of 2.0 to 3.5--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. They may be the first in their families to attend college, and/or from low-income or minority families. Some AVID students may have special circumstances impacting their success and receive support from the AVID program to get back on track.

    What do AVID students do in class?

    A Sample Week in the AVID Elective







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    • Binder Evaluations
    • Field Trips
    • Guest Speakers
    • Motivational and Team-Building Activities


    Curriculum includes:Tutorials include:
    • Writing
    • Critical Reading
    • Organizational Strategies for Success
    • Inquiry and Questioning Skills
    • College and Career Exploration
    • Collaborative Study Groups (Tutorials)
    • Writing Groups
    • Socratic Seminars
    • Philosophical Chairs

    What are the goals of an AVID student?

    1. Academic success in college-preparatory courses.

    2. Enrollment in college-prep courses throughout high school to ensure enrollment in a four-year college or university upon graduation.

    What are the expectations of an AVID student?

    1. I will maintain appropriate academic standing and satisfactory citizenship and attendance in all classes.

    2. I will participate in community service opportunities.

    3. I will maintain enrollment in rigorous, college-preparatory classes.

    4. I will maintain an AVID three-ring binder with:

      • Planner.
      • Cornell notes.
      • Assignments in all classes.
      • Tutorial Request Forms.

    5. I will be an active learner, prepared for all classes with all assigned work completed, take Cornell notes daily and be an active participant in all activities.

    6. I will complete all homework assignments (commit to at least two hours of homework every night).

    7. I will participate in AVID tutorials at least twice a week. I will come to AVID class prepared for tutorial session with:

    • The completed TRF pre-work.
    • My AVID binder with Cornell notes and textbooks.

    8. I will use critical thinking, inquiry and collaboration with my classmates to create greater understanding about my point of confusion.

    9. I will participate in AVID field trips and activities.

    Who can I talk to about enrolling in the AVID program?

    Students with a desire to be in the AVID elective class must first go through an application and interview process. This process typically occurs in the Spring semester, with placement in the AVID elective beginning the following school year.  For more information, contact your counselor.