Advancement Via Individual Determination
AVID is a college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges. It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students, and in closing the achievement gap.
AVID targets students in the academic middle 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.
Not only are students enrolled in their school's toughest classes, but also in the AVID elective. For one period a 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.
For more information about the AVID program, please visit the AVID website. If you wish to participate in AVID, please contact your guidance counselor.