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Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID)

What is AVID? Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a global nonprofit organization that operates with one guiding principle: Hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge. AVID’s kindergarten through higher education system brings research-based curriculum and strategies to students each day that develop critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas.  AVID: 


  • Teaches skills and behaviors for academic success
  • Provides intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships
  • Creates a positive peer group for students
  • Develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination


Learn more about AVID at www.avid.org or here!

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A typical AVID student:

  • has a GPA between 2.0-3.5
  • may become the first in their family to go to college
  • may be on free or reduced lunch
  • May be traditionally underserved in four-year colleges

What are the expectations of AVID students?

  • Take responsibility for their own learning
  • Take an active part in developing academic strength, personal pride, and self-advocacy
  • Maintain a grade of “C” or above in all courses
  • Show exceptional citizenship and attendance
  • Establish and maintain organizational and study skills necessary to succeed in a rigorous academic environment
  • Actively participate in weekly tutorials
  • Write, question, collaborate, take notes, and read
  • Enroll in college-prep courses, including honors and Advanced Placement (AP)
  • Prepare for and take college entrance exams such as the PSAT, SAT and ACT at various grade levels
  • Apply to several four-year colleges
  • Participate in extracurricular activities, field trips, fundraising and community service
  • Communicate effectively with their teachers, tutors, and other students

What are the expectations for an AVID parents and guardians?

  • Encourage their student to achieve academically
  • Monitor student progress in all classes
  • Become involved in the activities of the AVID program
  • Communicate with teachers


  • A remediation program
  • A program for dropout prevention or intervention
  • For students who consistently earn D's and F's
  • A program for unmotivated students
  • A free ride
  • A school within a school
  • A quick fix

What happens in the AVID program?

  • Students receive academic instruction in critical reading and writing, note-taking, studying, test-taking, organizing, and more
  • Students receive academic support from college tutors through collaborative, weekly tutorial groups and peer counseling
  • Students are motivated to pursue academic excellence through goal setting, rigorous classes, cultural and collegiate field trips, classroom speakers, and team-building activities
  • Students are held accountable to taking structured notes and maintaining organized materials through weekly binder and note checks 

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Recruitment for the 2017-18 school year has ended.  If you need more information about our AVID program, please contact your student's counselor or Mr. Hood.