Advancement Via Individual Determination
AVID embraces the philosophy that “effort creates ability.” Thus, it is referred to as Advancement Via Individual Determination or AVID from the Latin root word “avidus” meaning “eager for knowledge.”
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a sixth through twelfth grade system to prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility and success. It has a proven record in bringing out the best in students and closing the achievement gap.
The goal of AVID is to provide students with high expectations, encouragement, day-to-day help through the AVID elective class, and a vision of college as an attainable goal.
AVID’s Mission Statement and Focus:
To close the achievement gap and to ensure that students who are “in the middle” academically and are not performing to their potential receive the intensive support needed to:
- Succeed in rigorous curriculum
- Complete a rigorous college preparatory path
- Engage in extracurricular activities at the school
- Increase their enrollment in four-year colleges and graduate
- Become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society
AVID students are students in the academic middle who have not previously succeeded in a rigorous college preparatory path but are capable of doing so. AVID program participants must choose to participate and demonstrate this choice by completing an application and interview process. If selected, AVID students enroll in rigorous academic classes, e.g., honors, Advanced Placement and AVID elective classes, where they receive academic support.
AVID Selection Criteria
AVID targets C average students who have the potential to succeed in a rigorous academic course of study if given both the opportunity and support. Students are accepted to the program through an application and interview process.
Candidates for AVID are identified according to the following criteria:
- Ability—academic potential to succeed in college preparatory courses (GPA of 2.0-3.5).
- Desire and determination—desire to attend college, have a good attendance record and willingness to undertake demanding preparation for college.
- Membership in an underserved group—students “in the middle.” This includes students who would be the first in their family to attend college and are a member of a group underrepresented in college, i.e., African Americans, Latinos, low income, English learners, and foster children