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AVID overview

AVID at the elementary level



Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a college-readiness system that prepares students in kindergarten through 12th grade for college eligibility and success. Since AVID began in 1980 in California, more than 4,800 schools and 41 institutions of higher education in 45 states and 16 countries have adopted the program. This has provided training for more than 30,000 educators each year and made a difference in the lives of more than 700,000 students. AVID is for all students but targets those who are in the academic middle and have historically been underserved. It supports students and educators as they increase school-wide/district-wide learning and performance. 

AVID is not a remedial, niche or college outreach program. It is not a free ride or a study hall. Students must learn and apply the skills they are taught in their AVID elective class as well as do the academically rigorous work required.

AVID's Mission 

AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. It is designed to make sure all students, especially the least served students who are in the academic middle, are able to: 

  • Succeed in rigorous curriculum
  • Complete a rigorous college preparatory path
  • Enter mainstream activities of the school
  • Enroll in college
  • Become educated and responsible participants and leaders in their communities and our society

What AVID is

  • AVID is a program for middle- to upper middle- academic students. These students have the potential for honors level and Advanced Placement (AP) course work but may need to develop the skills needed to be successful in those rigorous courses
  • AVID combines rigor with support that includes the student's individual determination and the support of teachers, administrators, other AVID students, their families, and AVID tutors
  • Students must maintain 2.0 or higher grade-point average (GPA) throughout the school year

What AVID is not

  • AVID is not a program for students at risk of not graduating 
  • AVID is not for students who don't do any of their homework
  • AVID is not for the consistently D or F student
  • AVID is not for unmotivated students who do not have the individual determination needed for success


  • Average to above average GPA
  • Must be a hard worker, have a positive attitude and the desire to work collaboratively with others
  • Must be willing to complete four-year university requirements prior to graduation
  • Must take at least one AP course while in AVID
  • Historically underrepresented in colleges and four-year universities

AVID Schoolwide Domains

  • Instruction promotes:
    • WICOR Strategies
    • 21st Century Skills
    • Student Leadership Skills
    • Goal-Setting/Monitoring
    • Rigor for All
  • Systems support:
      • AVID Site/District Teams
      • Professional Learning
      • Secondary AVID Elective Classes
      • Equity and Access to Rigorous Courses
      • Data Collection and Analysis
    •  Leadership ensures:
      • Strategic Planing
      • Modeling of Expetations
      • College Readiness Mission and Vision
      • Career Readiness
      • Distributed Leadership Approach
    •  Culture fosters:
        • College Awareness and Preparation
        • Common Belief in Student Success
        • Family and Community Involvement
        • High Expectations for All
        • Positive and Safe Learning Environment

      • AVID Student Profile
        • In the academic middle with average to above-average GPA
        • Average to above average test scores
        • College potential with support
        • Good attendance
        • Has the desire and individual determination to work hard and succeed
        • May be first generation in family to attend college
        • Historically undeserved in four-year colleges and universities
        • Special circumstances
        • Demonstrates good citizenship
        • Has good school attendance
        • Able to work well with others

        • Being in AVID is voluntary. AVID students sign the AVID Student Agreement indicating their commitment to the program and to their success. Students are highly encouraged to continue in AVID as they progress through junior high school and high school. According to AVID's research, students experience the best results after being in the class for at least three years. AVID students usually choose to stay in AVID until they graduate from high school.

          WHY AVID WORKS

          Places AVID students in rigorous curriculum and gives them the support to achieve
          Provides a team of students for positive peer identification
          Redefines the teacher’s role as that of student advocate
          Transforms schools by creating a college-going culture throughout an entire school, impacting all students


          Families of students who are being offered an opportunity to be in the AVID class receive a letter inviting them to the AVID Family Information Night. A student information session is also held during the school day for students who receive the invitation letter. Students who receive the invitation and who are interested in being in AVID must complete the AVID Student Application and be interviewed by AVID staff. Students can also be nominated by a teacher or counselor. Attending the Family Information Night or a teacher/counselor nomination does not guarantee selection. All students who would like to apply to be in AVID must complete and submit the AVID Student Application and be interviewed to be considered for possible selection.

          Our AVID parents/guardians are an important part of our AVID team. Parents are provided information and support through various means so they can encourage and support their children to succeed. This way, the learning doesn't stop at school at the end of the school day but continues at home. We communicate with our AVID parents and guardians regularly. Family events and other opportunities for parent involvement are also offered throughout the year.