- an acronym that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.
- an in-school academic support program for grades 7-12 that prepares students for college eligibility and success
- an elective class that meets during the regular school day
- for all students, but it targets those in the academic middle
- implemented both school-wide and district-wide
AVID is not:
- a remedial program
- a study hall
What is AVID's mission? to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.
Who is an AVID student? Students are in the academic middle, capable of completing a college preparatory path with support. These students often are not realizing this full potential academically. In the identification process, a number of criteria are considered, including:
- Standardized Test Scores
- Desire and Determination
While other criteria are considered for acceptance into the program, no single criteria will necessarily eliminate a student from consideration. AVID should reflect the demographics of the school. Students participating in special education, EEE and ELL will be considered for AVID based on the criteria listed above as well.
If selected for AVID, what are the student responsibilities?
- take the AVID elective class each year
- maintain satisfactory citizenship and attendance in all classes
- maintain the AVID binder
- commit to studying at least one hour every night
What does the AVID curriculum contain?
- using writing as a learning tool
- using writing as a communication tool
- using writing as a record of your thinking
- asking critical questions
- engaging in thinking, learning and discussion
- teamwork with shared responsibility
- sharing of ideas, information and opinions
- formal and informal discussion
- managing materials
- learning methodical study habits
- planning and prioritizing school, work and social tasks
- engaged in mental preparation and goal-setting
- strategically and intentionally taking responsibility for one's own learning
- strategically gaining understanding and knowledge from print and other media
- purpose-driven and interactive
- College research
- Class sizes
- School enrollment
- Cost of attendance
- Degree programs available
- Acceptance requirements
- Career explorations
- what do i like to do?
- what am I good at?
- what career would I like to explore?
- College-entry skills
- Test-taking strategies (PLAN, ACT, SAT)
- Application process
- Essay writing