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AVID = Advancement Via Individual Determination

What is AVID?

The AVID System (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is designed to increase school-wide learning and performance.  AVID is an academic, regularly scheduled elective class during the school day, based on writing as a tool of learning, the inquiry method, and collaborative grouping.  The three main components of the program are:

  • Þ Academic instruction
  • Þ Tutorial support
  • Þ Motivational activities

Who is an AVID student?

AVID students are students in the middle, capable of completing a college preparatory path with support.  These students often are not realizing their full potential academically.  In the identification process, a number of criteria are considered, including:

  • * State Scores
  • * 2.0 – 3.5 GPA
  • * Citizenship
  • * Attendance
  • * Desire and Determination
  • * First in the Family to Attend College
  • * Historically Underrepresented in 4-year colleges/universities
  • * Economically Disadvantaged
  • * Other Special Circumstances

AVID Academic Benefits

  • ¨ curricular support
  • ¨ exposure to rigor
  • ¨ structured tutorials
  • ¨ redefined academic peer group
  • ¨ emphasis on study skills, organization, goal setting, time management, connected to academic accountability

The AVID Tutor

Tutors are essential to the success of the AVID elective class, where they facilitate student access to rigorous curriculum.  As students from colleges and universities, tutors receive formal training and also serve as role models.  Tutorials are held on Tuesday and Thursday’s during the AVID Elective hour.

The AVID Parent

AVID parents encourage their students to achieve academically, may participate in site team meetings,  chaperone on field trips, and maintain regular contact with the AVID staff. 

AVID Mission Statement

AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.


Contact Information

High School AVID Elective Teacher
9th-12th Grade
Mr. Josh Smith

AVID District Director 
Mrs. Barb Mader