What is AVID?

AVID is a college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills needed to be successful in college. AVID targets students in the academic middle that have a strong desire to go to college and a willingness to work hard. The AVID elective is a rigorous curriculum focusing on writing, inquiry, collaboration and reading skills. Here at Foothills, these strategies are implemented school-wide for all students.

In middle school, our task is to prepare our students to succeed in middle school and college preparatory high school classes.

Why AVID in Middle School?

Middle school students should begin planning their academic path that will carry into high school. Here at Foothills, AVID students have the opportunity to earn high school credit in math and be a part of rigorous courses to prepare for high school and beyond. These math classes are required to take more advanced math classes in high school and to take science classes like chemistry and physics. In addition to taking math every year in middle school, your child should take:

  • English: Every year.
  • History (including geography) and science: As many classes as possible.
  • Foreign language: Many colleges require at least two years of a language, which your child can begin in middle school.

What does AVID offer?

AVID offers

  • Formal Tutorials twice weekly
  • Peer Collaboration
  • College Visitation
  • Goal Development
  • Organizational Skills
  • Guest Speakers
  • AVID Night