About AVID

AVID enrolls its students in rigorous classes such as honors and Advanced Placement, and provides support through an academic elective class taught within the school day by trained AVID teachers.

You can find out even more about the program by visiting the national AVID website.

Academic Support 

Our academic support for students includes:
  • writing, reading and inquiry-based curriculum that helps students understand content that is complex, ambiguous, provocative and personally or emotionally challenging.
  • individual and collaborative instruction.
  • PSAT/SAT preparation.
  • college planning and preparation.
  • inquiry-based tutorials
  • study skills: organization, time management, test taking, note-taking and vocabulary building.
  • close monitoring of students' academic progress in all classes.

Social Support

In addition to providing academic assistance, AVID has many social supports in place for students:
  • peer groups motivated toward high academic success.
  • AVID teachers who consistently communicate high expectations for all students, advocate for them, and communicate with school staff and parents in their behalf.
  • attention to students' personal, social and emotional needs.
  • AVID Site Teams that support AVID students and promote the program school-wide.
  • study trips, guest speakers, family workshops and motivational activities.

Program Standards

To ensure quality, all AVID Programs operate under 11 certification standards known as the AVID Essentials.

1) AVID student selection must focus on students who are "in the middle", with academic potential, who would benefit from AVID support to improve their academic record and begin college preparation.

2) AVID program participants, both students and staff, must be voluntary participants.

3) The school must be committed to full implementation of the AVID program, with the AVID elective class available during the regular academic school day.

4) AVID students must be enrolled in a rigorous course of study that will enable them to meet requirements for university enrollment.

5) A strong, relevant writing and reading curriculum must provide the basis for instruction in the AVID elective class.

6) Inquiry must be used as a basis for instruction in the AVID classroom.  

7) Collaboration must be used as a basis for instruction in the AVID classroom.  

8) A sufficient number of trained tutors must be available in the AVID class to facilitate student access to rigorous curriculum.

9) AVID program implementation and student progress must be monitored through the AVID Data System, and results must be analyzed to ensure success.

10) The school and district must identify resources for program costs, agree to participate in the AVID Certification process and commit to ongoing participation in AVID staff development.

11) An active interdisciplinary site team must collaborate on issues of students' access to and success in rigorous college-preparatory courses.