Our Mission: To close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

AVID is a college readiness system for elementary through higher education that is designed to increase school-wide learning and performance. The AVID College Readiness System (ACRS) accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional learning, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change. AVID enables students to become competitively eligible for entrance to and success in four-year colleges and universities.

AVID Activities:

    • Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Reading (WICR) methodologies are the basis for curriculum instruction
    • Students participate in field trips to colleges/universities
    • College students act as role models and facilitate academic discussion in regularly scheduled tutorial groups
    • Students develop academic and social skills for success in all subject areas
    • Guest speakers motivate students and provide college and professional career information
    • AVID teacher facilitates and assists as students complete college applications, search for scholarships, and secure financial aid
    • AVID students participate in extracurricular and community events

Definitions for the AVID School-wide Domains:

    • AVID School-wide Leadership: sets the vision and the tone that promotes college readiness and high expectations for all students in the school.
    • AVID School-wide Systems: when systems are in place that support governance, curriculum & instruction, data collection & analysis, professional learning, and student & parent outreach to ensure college readiness.
    • AVID School-wide Instruction: when the entire instructional staff utilizes AVID strategies, other best instructional practices, and 21st Century tools to ensure college readiness for all students.
    • AVID School-wide Culture: when the AVID philosophy progressively shifts the system of beliefs and behaviors thus increasing all students meeting college readiness requirements.

Highlights from AVID Graduate Research:

    • AVID sends one third more students to 4-year colleges than the local and national average.
    • African American AVID students, whether they participate in AVID for one or three years, are enrolling in college at rates which are considerably higher than the local and national average.
    • Students who participate in AVID enroll more often than students who don't participate, and the longer students enroll in AVID, the better is their college enrollment record.
    • AVID students are staying in college once they enroll; 89% of those who started are in college two years later.
    • In short, the capital that students bring with them into the program does not seem to be as important as the capital that the students accrue while they are in the program.
    • More than twice the percentage of students with two years of middle school AVID took three or more AP classes than those with only one year or no AVID experience in middle school.

AVID Student Profile:

The AVID student is a student with academic potential:

    • Desire and determination to enter a 4 year university
    • Average to high test scores
    • 2.0-3.5 GPA (or higher)
    • College potential with support
    • Has average or above average citizenship grades and regular attendance

The AVID student meets one or more of the following criteria:

    • First generation in their family to attend college
    • Historically “least served” in 4-year colleges/universities
    • Students in the academic middle seeking additional support in a rigorous curriculum
    • Special circumstances