Advancement Via Individualized Determination, or AVID, is a national, nonprofit college readiness system offered to students of all academic levels in grades K-12. The system is designed to equip students with the necessary intellectual skills and behaviors for academic success in rigorous coursework. AVID empowers students with critical thinking skills to navigate the educational landscape through an explicit focus on high expectations, while emphasizing the development and refinement of student competence in writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading, or WICOR.
Students in middle school experience best practices and proven methodologies through AVID Schoolwide and the AVID Elective.
Schoolwide AVID transforms teaching and learning in all classrooms through a focus on the following components:Instruction: The full instructional staff uses AVID strategies, other best instructional practices, and 21st century tools to promote improved academic performance for all students.
Systems: Systems are in place that support governance, curriculum and instruction, data collection and analysis, professional learning, and student and parent outreach to promote improved academic performance for all students.
Leadership: School leadership sets the vision and tone to promote college readiness and high expectations for all students in the school.
Culture: The school’s beliefs and behaviors reflect and demonstrate an increase in the number of students meeting college readiness benchmarks.
The AVID Elective course is offered to students in grades 7 and 8. Students who are selected and recruited for participation in the AVID Elective class have aspirations to attend college and possess the individual determination to work hard to achieve their goals. The AVID Elective class provides students with academic tools, access to resources, and the structure to thrive with their rigorous coursework, leading to success in any postsecondary endeavor.