• What is the Mission of AVID?

    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.


    What happens in the AVID elective class?

    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, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable.  Their self-images improve, and they become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.


    Who is the AVID student?

    AVID targets students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard.  These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential.  Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families.  AVID redirects these students from their unchallenging courses towards a college-readiness path: acceleration instead of remediation.


     How do I get my student into AVID?

    You and your student will fill out the AVID application, and deliver it to the school site.  Generally, the school sites interview all applicants in the spring.  School site coordinators can provide more details and information.


    Who may become an AVID Tutor?

    Students enrolled or attending college or university, and in good standing, are eligible to interview for an AVID tutor position.


    What is AVID Schoolwide?

    AVID schoolwide is bringing together instruction, systems, leadership, and the culture of a school to ensure the college readiness of not only AVID elective students but the academic performance of all students.


    Instruction in classes is based on best instructional practices and 21st Century learning tools to ensure college readiness for not only AVID elective students but the academic improvement of all.


    Systems are in place to support implementation of curriculum and instruction, data collection and analysis, as well as professional learning to ensure college readiness for AVID elective students and academic improvement for all.


    School leadership teams set the vision promoting college readiness and high expectations for all students in the school.


    Schools beliefs and actions reflect and demonstrate increases in the number of students meeting college readiness requirements.


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