Department - AVID

We are excited to have the AVID program in our school!  What a great opportunity for our students to excel in ways they might not excel in a normal situation.  This program encompasses all grade levels, and teachers, students, and parents are combining their efforts to make this program a resounding success!

A Brief Overview

  • AVID is an acronym that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.

  • 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 it targets those in the academic middle.

  • AVID is implemented school-wide and district-wide.

AVID Students

AVID is aimed at students that are in the academic middle.  This includes B, C, and even D students who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard.  These students are capable of completing a rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential.  On average, they will be the first in their families to go to college.  Many are from low-income or minority families.  AVID takes these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track.

AVID Elective

The AVID Elective consists of one period a day in which students 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.

AVID Curriculum

The AVID curriculum incorporates the WICR method for instruction.  WICR stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading.  This curriculum is used in both elective and content-area classes.  

Results in AVID

Research has determined that the AVID college-readiness system works.  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, with about three quarters getting into four-year universities.  AVID also helps ensure students, once accepted to college, possess the higher-level skills they need for college success. 

For more information about AVID, please visit 

the AVID Web-site at http://www.avidonline.org/