AVID's Mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.
What AVID is...
- AVID is an acronym that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.
- AVID is an in-school academic support program for grades 4-12 that prepares students for college eligibility and success.
- AVID places academically average students in advanced classes.
- AVID levels the playing field for minority, rural, low-income and other students without a college-going tradition in their families.
- AVID is for all students, but it targets those in the academic middle.
- AVID is implemented school-wide and district-wide.
What AVID isn't...
- AVID isn't a remedial program.
- AVID isn't a free ride.
- AVID isn't a niche program.
- AVID isn't a college outreach program.
AVID Student Profile
The AVID student is a student with academic potential:
- Average-to-high test scores
- 2.0-3.5 GPA
- College potential with support
- Desire and determination
The AVID student meets one or more of the following criteria:
- First in family to attend college
- Historically least served in four-year colleges (e.g., underrepresented as a racial or ethnic group)
- Low income
- Special circumstances
As an AVID student, you must commit to a challenging and rigorous curriculum. This college track will help you excel in your academics, making college an attainable goal. As an AVID student, you will:
- Take individual responsibility for your own success.
- Want to succeed.
- Believe you can succeed.
- Exhibit positive attitudes toward yourself and others.
- Be open to new experiences in all phases of the program.
- Want to become an independent learner.
- Come to class prepared.
- Serve as a role model for other students.
- Share your work for the purpose of improving it.
- Be willing to study in groups.
- Keep your parents informed of your progress.
- Become involved in campus activities.
As an AVID parent, there are things you can do to support your childâs academic success. As an AVID parent, you will:
- Support the academic goals of your student.
- Show interest in your studentâs schoolwork.
- Provide your student a time and place to study.
- Be insistent and supportive that your student completes homework assignments.
The California Department of Education (CDE) has many resources for how you can become more involved in your childâs education. Visit CDE Parent/Family for more information.
The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program targets students in the academic middle â B, C, and even D students â who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. AVID places academically average students in advanced classes and provides them with an elective class that prepares them to succeed in rigorous curricula, enter mainstream activities in school, and increase their opportunities to enroll in four-year colleges.
AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. The AVID program levels the playing field for minority, rural, low-income, and other students without a college-going tradition in their families. Developed in 1980 by Mary Catherine Swanson, AVID has seen steady growth throughout California, nationally, and internationally in the last 30 years.
- More than 3,386 schools in 48 states and 15 foreign countries offer the AVID program.
- More than 220,000 students have graduated from AVID programs.
- 77 percent of AVID students were accepted to a four year college in 2008.
- Approximately 14.8 percent of AVID students in California plan to attend a University of California (UC) campus.
- Approximately 41.4 percent of AVID students in California plan to attend a California State University (CSU) campus.
- Approximately 88 percent of AVID students complete the a-g requirements for UC and CSU.
The purpose of AVID is to prepare students for college eligibility and success. As AVID expands to a school-wide and district-wide program, it impacts educators by increasing best practices for engaging all students and increasing college readiness across the school and district. The California Department of Education (CDE) works with the AVID regional offices and the AVID Center to expand and support the AVID program in local middle and high schools.
AVID regional offices also encourage (1) improved student access to rigorous academic curriculum, including honors, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate courses; (2) effective articulation and feeder patterns that enable students to be served by AVID programs in grades 6 through 12; and (3) increased adoption of AVID strategies on a school-wide and district-wide basis.
AVID Key Strategies
The key strategies that are used in AVID classrooms and that have helped to make the program so successful are Cornell Notes, Critical Reading, Inquiry - Costaâs Signal Words and Definitions, Philosophical Chairs, Socratic Seminars, Transition Words, and Tutorial.