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Advancement Via
Individual  Determination

The purpose of the AVID program is to prepare underachieving students for four-year college eligibility and to restructure the teaching methodologies of an entire school to make college preparatory curricula accessible to almost all students.

AVID recognizes that the only way students can get in to or through college is by perseverance, hard, work, and, as the program's name reveals, "individual determination."  AVID students get no special breaks--only one chance.  AVID provides what first generation college students may lack, what advantaged students receive from their parents and community: high expectations, encouragement, day to day help, a vision of college as attainable, an advocate, and guidance in how to negotiate the system.  Avid involves students in a strong group of peers and adults who share a commitment to academic achievement.

Ultimately, AVID provides a scaffolding, a social and academic structure to support students as they work to succeed.

AVID targets students of mid-range ability who have the potential to succeed in a rigorous academic program but who would not succeed without support.  It is not a remedial program for students who are failing, and it is not for gifted students who are already performing well.  It serves the students in the middle, who are capable of success but are not performing up to their potential.  AVID is, at heart, a program that equips ordinary students to accomplish extraordinary things.


The mission of AVID is to ensure that all students, and most especially students in the middle capable of completing a college preparatory path:

  • will succeed in the most rigorous curriculum,

  • will enter mainstream activities of the school,

  • will increase their enrollment in four-year colleges, and

  • will become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society

To provide academic instruction and other support to students and prepare them for eligibility to four year colleges and universities.

To give students college level success.

To increase the "coping skills" of program participants

To motivate program students to seek a college education

To increase the participants' levels of career awareness

Learning with college tutors

Writing for all classes 

Developing success strategies

Applying for college and financial aid

Preparing for a professional career

Visiting college campuses

Interacting with guest speakers

Participating in extra curricular and community activities

Students who have the potential and desire to attend a four year college and...

.....have appropriate classroom behavior.

.....have 2.0 or above grade point average.

.....are willing to commit themselves to a minimum of two hours of homework each night.

......are willing to commit to enrollment in a rigorous college preparatory sequence of courses.

Last Modified on August 9, 2014
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