What is AVID: Advancement Via Individual Determination
AVID trains educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
AVID brings research‐based strategies and curriculum to educational institutions in elementary, secondary, and higher education. The AVID System annually provides more than 30,000 educators with training and methodologies that develop students’ critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas throughout the entire campus, in what we call Schoolwide AVID.
AVID is schoolwide when a strong AVID system transforms the Instruction, Systems, Leadership, and Culture of a school, ensuring college readiness for all AVID Elective students and improved academic performance for all students based on increased opportunities.
What AVID Is:
AVID is an in-school academic support program that prepares students for college eligibility and success.
AVID places academically average students in advanced classes.
AVID levels the playing field for minority, rural, low-income, and other students without a college-going tradition in their families.
AVID is for ALL students, but targets those in the academic middle.
AVID is implemented school-wide and district-wide.
What AVID Is Not:
AVID is NOT a remedial program.
AVID is NOT a free ride.
AVID is NOT a niche program.
AVID is NOT a college outreach program.
AVID students are students in the academic middle, capable of completing a college preparatory path with support. These students often are not realizing their full potential academically. In the identification process a number of criteria are considered, including:
- Desire and Determination
- First in Family to Attend College
- Historically Underrepresented ethnicity in 4-year Colleges
- Economically Disadvantaged
- Other Special Circumstances
While all of the criteria are considered for acceptance into the program, no single criteria will necessarily eliminate a student from consideration. The AVID program should reflect the demographics of the school it is serving. Students participating in special education, gifted and talented programs, and ELL will be considered for AVID based on the criteria listed above. Currently, there are a number of students from these groups successfully participating in the AVID program.
Once selected for AVID what are the
AVID students must:
- attend an AVID elective class
- enroll in one or more advanced academic class each semester
- maintain satisfactory citizenship and attendance in all classes
- maintain the AVID binder with assignment/grade record sheets and daily notes in all classes
- complete all homework assignments and commit to studying every night