The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
AVID program is a fourth- through 12th-grade system to prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. AVID has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students, and in closing the achievement gap.
AVID targets students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. Typically, AVID students will be the first in their families to attend college. AVID pulls these students out of unchallenging courses and places them on the college track: Acceleration instead of Remediation.
Not only are students enrolled in their school’s toughest classes, such as honors and Advanced Placement, but also in the AVID elective. For one period a day, they learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, receive academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. AVID students’ self-images improve, and they become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.
The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and senior high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is driven by the WICR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading. AVID curriculum is used in AVID elective classes, in content-area classes in AVID schools, and even in schools where the AVID elective is not offered.