Southwest AVID

AVID Seniors, Class of 2020 share the benefits of AVID

What is AVID?

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a nationally recognized college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college. AVID is designed to increase overall academic performance, success in rigorous curriculum, and participation in activities at school. Throughout their four years together, AVID students develop a community of support for one another as they navigate AP and IB classes and participate in extracurricular and leadership opportunities. Students gain academic skills and are supported by the AVID teacher, AVID tutors and their AVID peers. AVID coursework emphasizes writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading.


AVID is an elective class that meets each day. Students stay in AVID throughout high school. AVID students spend two class hours per week building skills necessary for success in college including writing, note taking, research and study skills. Another two class hours each week consist of tutor-led study groups designed to support AVID students in college prep coursework including Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) classes. One class hour a week is focused on team building, motivational activities and career and college exploration.

AVID students at Southwest are expected to:

  • participate positively and fully in the AVID course and requirements,

  • successfully complete a rigorous college preparatory path including AP and IB coursework,

  • participate in school activities and step up as student leaders.

  • apply to and attend a four-year university after graduating high school,

  • demonstrate individual determination and commitment to success.

From AVID students can expect:

  • instruction and guidance in developing the skills and behaviors for academic success in high school and beyond,

  • intensive support through tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships,

  • a positive peer group,

  • opportunities for experiences and leadership outside of the academic school day,

  • a sense of personal pride and achievement gained through hard work and determination.

AVID student profile

  • average to high test scores

  • 2.0 - 3.5 GPA

  • good attendance

  • demonstrates college potential

  • capable of completing a rigorous academic curriculum

  • demonstrates the motivation and determination to succeed

AVID students must meet one or more of the criteria below

  • will be the first in their family to attend college

  • identify as a member of a racial/ethnic group that is under-represented on college campuses

  • free/reduced lunch

  • special circumstances that may be obstacles to success

How do students join AVID?

AVID seeks academically promising students (GPA of 2.0-3.5) and places them in advanced college prep course work (AP, IB) courses while supporting them through the AVID elective. AVID addresses the needs of students who will be first generation college students and/or students belonging to demographic groups that are underrepresented on four-year college campuses.

AVID prerequisites: Middle School AVID and/or application, interview and selection process; application process is open to students grades 9-11.