AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a school wide instructional system for students in 9- 12th grade. The AVID College Readiness System is designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges and succeed in higher education. The schoolwide system creates or enhances a college-going culture at the school to meet the needs of all students. The formula, Raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge, is simple and has worked for more than 30 years.
The mission of AVID is to help close the achievement gap and prepare students for success in a global society. Improving students’ critical thinking, reading, and writing abilities allows them to participate and succeed in courses of high rigor and better prepares them for post-secondary access and success. Building cultures of college and career readiness and confidence in the ability of all students to achieve their dreams creates a momentum to transform schools and that is exponentially powerful and positive. AVID closes the expectation and opportunity gaps that students face, and in doing so, transforms lives, transforms campuses, and transforms our community.
AVID teaches motivated kids how to achieve academic and personal goals through reading, writing, inquiry, collaboration and organization. We also go on field trips and have guest speakers to enhance the learning process.
AVID is for motivated individuals who are seemingly “stuck” in the middle and can’t seem to get out. There should not be a behavior issue. If anything, they’re usually the shy/quiet one who doesn’t think they are the right kid for this class. Students can earn anywhere from Cs-As. Students who take AVID may not know how to work within the academic system due to organizational issues. AVID helps students navigate both in academic and professional skills. Despite any issue they may be dealing with, they must be motivated!
Here are some possible reasons kids are stuck in the middle:
- 1st generation (college graduation)
- Family issues: divorce, single family, moved
Benefits of AVID:
- Small class size
- Individual and group tutoring and instruction weekly
- Hands on learning
- Organizational help
- Research skills
- College visitation
- Community outreach
- Networking skills
*Students who do not fulfill the AVID requirements may be reassigned to a different elective class.