Public Schools

AVID is not just another program…

at its heart,

AVID is a philosophy

Hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support,

and they will rise to the challenge.

AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. Established more than 35 years ago with one teacher in one classroom, AVID today impacts nearly 1.5 million students in 46 states and 16 other countries/territories. View our AVID Snapshot.


  • Teaches skills and behaviors for academic success
  • Provides intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships
  • Creates a positive peer group for students
  • Develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination

As a result, policymakers and educators now consider AVID's mission to be an essential strategy for closing the achievement gap, making college access and success available to all students.

AVID District Director:

Lesley Merritt, Director of AVID

300 S. Ray Ave; Fayetteville, AR 72701 479-973-8617

Woodland Coordinator:

Julie Agler, AVID Elective teacher

1 E Poplar St, Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-444-3067

Ramay Coordinators:

Kristen Stout, 7th Grade coordinator

Heather Bottoms, 8th Grade coordinator

401 S Sang; Fayetteville, AR 72701 479-444-3064

Fayetteville High Coordinator:

Renee Cole, AVID Elective teacher

994 M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Fayetteville, AR 72701 479-444-3050

AVID Secondary (grades 7-12) develops learning, study and academic behavioral skills that are essential to success in rigorous coursework. It acts as a catalyst for schools to develop a culture of college readiness for all students across the campus. In the AVID Elective class, students receive daily instruction and support to prepare them for college from a trained AVID Elective teacher. AVID impacts students schoolwide as academic strategies like writing to learn, inquiry, collaboration, organizational skills, and critical reading (WICOR ) are taught in all classes by teachers who have been trained to use AVID strategies in their specific content areas.

Career Readiness It is estimated that by the year 2020, two-thirds of all jobs will require some level of postsecondary education. AVID prepares students for 21st century careers each day by providing the academic and behavioral skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. Organization, time management, critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving are strong components of the AVID System. AVID includes career exploration in its secondary curriculum, develops partnerships with organizations to help students find pathways to careers, and supports and prepares students in degree and certificate programs to be successful in the workforce.