AVIDAdvancement Via Individual Determination

AVID  is an elementary through post-secondary college readiness system that is designed to increase school wide learning and performance. The AVID system accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional development, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change. The mission of AVID is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID can be found in 44 states and 16 countries around the world.

AVID Snapshot

AVID Elementary:  AVID elementary has been implemented in six elementary schools in our district. (Berlyn, Corona, El Camino, Moreno, Vineyard STEM, and Vista Grande).  At these sites, AVID strategies for organization, using an agenda or planner, note-taking strategies and increasing levels of thinking are infused throughout the day. In addition, those sites offer school wide activities and awareness to inspire students to go to college.  There are also periodic parent meetings scheduled to assist parents in supporting their students academically.

AVID Secondary:  There are currently 39 ‘sections’ of the AVID elective being offered throughout all six middle schools in our district. Oaks Middle School and Serrano Middle School have been recognized as an AVID National Demonstration site.  

The AVID Student:   AVID targets students in the academic middle range, 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. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. AVID helps students get on a college bound track: acceleration instead of remediation.

The AVID Student Selection Process:  Each year students must apply to be in the AVID middle school program.  Recruitment starts in January with district wide parent meetings.  Students must complete an application and go through an oral interview process. Once accepted, students and their parents are asked to sign a contract for a one-year commitment.

The AVID Elective:  Once accepted into the AVID program, students are enrolled in the AVID elective. For one period a day, they learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. Their self-images improve, and they become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.  They also visit local universities and listen to guest speakers share their college and career experiences. 100% of our 8th grade AVID students are recommended to take college prep sequence courses in high school.