AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a proven college readiness system, established over 35 years ago, that uses research-based strategies and curriculum to help close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID is a school-wide approach to curriculum and rigor. The Boise School District first implemented AVID at Fairmont Junior High in 2006. Since then, the AVID system has been implemented in every junior high and high school in the Boise School District. In addition, elementary students are being exposed to AVID strategies such as focused note-taking, binder organization and WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading) strategies.
AVID is a system for “academic middle to upper academic middle” students. However, AVID students must be hard working, have a positive attitude, and be collaborative in nature. They must also have a strong desire to attend school beyond high school and have the individual determination to do what it takes to get there. AVID students are placed into college preparatory classes, designed to fulfill the requirements needed for entry into college. AVID students have the potential for academic success in these courses, with the support from teachers, AVID students and university tutors. The true motivation to succeed in AVID, as well as in all classes, comes from students themselves.