AVID Overview

Advancement Via Individual Determination

[L. avidus]: eager for knowledge

What is AVID?

  • A schoolwide college readiness system
  • A structured approach to rigorous curriculum
  • Direct support structure for first-generation college students and students performing in the middle
  • Professional development for all educators

Why AVID Works

  • Raises student achievement
  • Ensures college access and success
  • Closes opportunity and expectation gaps
  • Offers meaningful and lasting professional development

Expected Impact from schoolwide AVID

Schoolwide AVID will...

  • Increase in completion of college entrance requirements
  • Increase in school's offerings of rigorous courses
  • Increase in student enrollment in rigorous courses
  • Increase in student attendance
  • Increase in teaching/instructional efficacy
  • Decrease in negative disciplinary referrals
  • Transform the school culture from college-eligible to college-ready

The AVID Impact on Schools

  • Increases enrollment in advanced academic courses (Pre-AP/Honors) and increases the rigor of all courses
  • Implements instructional best practices for all students in the school
  • Creates a college-going culture throughout the school

Schoolwide AVID

  • AVID is schoolwide when strong AVID system transforms the
    Leadership, Instruction, Systems and Culture of a school ensuring college readiness for all students.

The AVID elective student profile

Has academic potential

  • Average to high test scores
  • 0-3.5 GPA
  • College potential with support
  • Desire and determination

AVID is transformational

  • The AVID System transforms individuals: teachers, administrators, and students.
  • AVID transforms campuses: leadership, systems, instruction, and culture.
  • AVID transforms communities: One student, impacted by AVID, can create a positive ripple effect throughout their family and community, forever changing the course of their lives.

AVID prepares students to...

  • Develop as readers and writers
  • Develop deep content knowledge
  • Know content specific strategies for reading, writing, thinking, and speaking
  • Develop habits, skills, and behaviors to use knowledge and skills


  • Writing: Cornell Note-Taking, Learning Logs, Quickwrites and Reflections, Process Writing, Peer Evaluation, Authentic Writing
  • Inquiry: Skilled Questioning Techniques, Costa's Levels of Thinking, Socratic Seminars, Tutorials, Investigations, Questions that Guide Research
  • Collaboration: Socratic Seminars, Tutorials, Philosophical Chairs, Group Activities and Projects, Peer Editing Groups, Service Learning Projects
  • Organization: Binders and organizational tools, Calendars, planners and agendas, Graphic Organizers, A focused note-taking system, Tutorials and study groups, project planning and SMART goals
  • Reading: Deep Reading Strategies, Note-Taking, Graphic Organizers, Vocabulary Building, Summarizing, Reciprocal Teaching
  • WICOR=Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading
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