Española Public School District


Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a college-readiness system that prepares students in kindergarten through 12th grade for college eligibility and success. Established more than 35 years ago with one teacher in one classroom, AVID today impacts more than 1.2 million students in 44 states and 16 other countries/territories. AVID is for all students but targets those who are in the academic middle. It supports students and educators as they increase school-wide/district-wide learning and performance.

AVID's Mission

AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. It is designed to make sure all students, especially the least served students who are in the academic middle, are able to:

Succeed in rigorous curriculum

Complete a rigorous college preparatory path

Enter mainstream activities of the school

Enroll in college

Become educated and responsible participants and leaders in their communities and our society

What AVID is

AVID is a program for middle- to upper middle- academic students. These students have the potential for honors level and Advanced Placement (AP) course work but may need to develop the skills needed to be successful in those rigorous courses

AVID combines rigor with support that includes the student's individual determination and the support of teachers, administrators, other AVID students, their families, and AVID tutors

Students must maintain 2.0 or higher grade-point average (GPA) throughout the school year

What AVID is not

AVID is not a program for students at risk of not graduating

AVID is not for students who don't do any of their homework

AVID is not for the consistently D or F student

AVID is not for unmotivated students who do not have the individual determination needed for success


Average to above average GPA

Must be a hard worker, have a positive attitude and the desire to work collaboratively with others

Must be willing to complete four-year university requirements prior to graduation

Must take at least one AP course while in AVID

Historically underrepresented in colleges and four-year universities

AVID Student Profile:

    • In the academic middle with average to above-average GPA

    • Average to above average test scores

    • College potential with support

    • Good attendance

    • Has the desire and individual determination to work hard and succeed

    • May be first generation in family to attend college

    • Historically undeserved in four-year colleges and universities

    • Special circumstances

    • Demonstrates good citizenship

    • Has good school attendance

    • Able to work well with others

Being in AVID is voluntary

AVID students sign the AVID Student Agreement indicating their commitment to the program and to their success. Students are highly encouraged to continue in AVID as they progress through junior high school and high school. According to AVID's research, students experience the best results after being in the class for at least three years. AVID students usually choose to stay in AVID until they graduate from high school.


Families of students who are being offered an opportunity to be in the AVID class receive a letter inviting them to the AVID Family Information Night. A student information session is also held during the school day for students who receive the invitation letter. Students who receive the invitation and who are interested in being in AVID must complete the AVID Student Application and be interviewed by AVID staff. Students can also be nominated by a teacher or counselor. Attending the Family Information Night or a teacher/counselor nomination does not guarantee selection. All students who would like to apply to be in AVID must complete and submit the AVID Student Application and be interviewed to be considered for possible selection.

Our AVID parents/guardians are an important part of our AVID team. Parents are provided information and support through various means so they can encourage and support their children to succeed. This way, the learning doesn't stop at school at the end of the school day but continues at home. We communicate with our AVID parents and guardians regularly. Family events and other opportunities for parent involvement are also offered throughout the year.