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AVID: Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a school wide instructional system for students in 9th thru12th 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 is simple and has worked for more than 30 years. "Raise expectations of students and with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge."

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 is for motivated individuals who are seemingly “stuck” in the middle and can’t seem to get out. 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:
  • SED
  • 1st generation (college graduation)
  • Underrepresented
  • Family issues: divorce, single family, moved
  • 504/IEP
  • Other

    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.

AVID College Readiness System

The AVID College Readiness System believes that all students are capable of completing rigorous curriculum given the appropriate skills and support to do so. The AVID Elective class serves students in middle and high school. AVID Elementary is implemented in kindergarten through sixth grade in all classes beginning in Pinedale. At the heart of the system are proven AVID methodologies based on WICOR: Writing to learn; emphasis on Inquiry; Collaborative approach; Organizational skills, and critical Reading.

School wide achievement results from the professional learning experienced by teachers, counselors, administrators, and district administrators, and through the success of the AVID students. “School wide” AVID reflects systemic changes in attitude; a strong AVID system transforms the leadership, systems, instruction, and culture of a school, ensuring college readiness for all students.
Director Advisors: Ruth Anderson and Kathy Brandes
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