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


AVID = Advancement Via Individual Determination

A direct support structure for students’ academic and career success.

A structured, college preparatory system working directly with schools and districts.

A schoolwide approach to curriculum and rigor adopted by nearly 4,500 schools in 45 states and 15 countries.

A professional development program providing training throughout the world.

AVID strategies support the Common Core State Standards.


What AVID Isn’t


AVID isn’t a remedial program

AVID isn’t a free ride

AVID isn’t a niche program

AVID isn’t a college outreach program


The AVID Student Profile


Students With Academic Potential:

Average to high test scores

2.0-3.5 GPA (the “academic middle”) 

College potential with support

Desire and determination


Meets One or More of the Following Criteria:

First to attend college

Historically underserved in four-year colleges

Low income

Special circumstances


AVID Program Essentials


AVID student selection

Voluntary participation

AVID elective class offered during the school day

Rigorous course and study

Writing and reading curriculum

Inquiry to promote critical reading


Trained tutors

Data collection and analysis

District and school commitment

Active and interdisciplinary site team


AVID Tutorials Include:


Collaborative Study Groups

Writing Groups

Socratic Seminars


AVID Curriculum Includes:


Writing Curriculum

College and Careers

Strategies for Success

Critical Reading


Meeting the Challenge


To help all students do rigorous work and meet or exceed high standards in each content area we must help students:


Develop as readers and writers.

Develop deep content knowledge.

Know content specific strategies for reading, writing, thinking and talking.

Develop habits, skills, and behaviors to use knowledge and skills. 


What is Academic Rigor


Rigor is the goal of helping students develop the capacity to understand content that is complex, ambiguous, provocative, and personally or emotionally challenging.


Taking rigorous courses opens doors!


Source: Teaching What Matters Most; Standards and Strategies for Raising Student Achievement by Strong, Silver and Perini, ASCD, 2001.


Why AVID Works


Places AVID students in rigorous curriculum and gives them the support 

to achieve;

Provides the explicit “hidden curriculum” of schools;

Provides a team of students for positive 

peer identification; and

Redefines teacher’s role as that of 

student advocate.