What is AVID?
AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination; meaning only you can make it happen. AVID focuses on students in the middle with academic potential. AVID motivates students to seek higher education while providing support and tools to empower them to succeed in rigorous academic curriculum, college, and other post-secondary opportunities.
AVID is a philosophy and culture that is researched based with proven results of student achievement in college, career, and life. Through intentional instruction of key skills, AVID develops students as readers and writers. AVID also teaches specific strategies for critical thinking and higher level inquiry. AVID has a proven track record of thirty years in bringing out the best in students and closing the achievement gap.
While AVID strategies are taught at the elementary level, AVID at the secondary level is an elective class and the curriculum includes instruction in organization, studying, and communication skills; along with development in writing, test-taking strategies, preparedness, personal development and team building/collaborative learning skills.
It is a privilege to be in the AVID elective class and AVID students must commit themselves to improvement and preparation for college. Students must be an active learner, attentive, commit to taking notes, and are expected to maintain satisfactory grades and behavior.