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What is AVID?

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a series of academic, regularly scheduled elective classes that uses writing as a tool for learning, inquiry, and collaboration. The three main components of the AVID program are academic instruction (AVID curriculum), tutorial support, and motivational activities. The mission of the AVID program is to ensure that all students, especially those in the middle who are capable of completing a college‐preparatory path, have a chance to succeed and to increase enrollment of these students in four‐year colleges and universities. Students will receive two hours of instruction per week in college entry level skills, two hours per week in tutor‐led study groups, and one hour per week in motivational activities and academic survival skills. AVID is not designed as a study hall or for students who have a discipline problem. This course supplements the student’s progress through a college prep curriculum.

The AVID Student

AVID targets students in the academic middle - B, C, and even D students with a GPA range of 2.0-3.5 - 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. Often times, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. AVID pulls these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track: acceleration instead of remediation.


Gayle McKee
AVID Coordinator



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