AVID is for all students but targets those in the academic middle and who are usually under-served. Its systematic approach is designed to support students and educators as they increase school-wide/district-wide learning and performance. AVID is not a remedial, niche or college outreach program. It is not a free ride nor is it a study hall. Students must learn and apply the skills they are taught in their AVID elective class as well as do the academically rigorous and challenging work required.
AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. It is designed to ensure all students, especially the least served students who are in the academic middle to succeed in rigorous curriculum.
- Complete a rigorous college preparatory path
- Enter mainstream activities of the school
- Enrollment in four-year colleges
- Become educated and responsible participants and leaders in their communities and our society
Basic Requirements for AVID Acceptance
- GPA of 2.0 to 3.5
- Must be a hard worker, have a positive attitude and work collaboratively with others
- Must be able to complete four-year university requirements prior to graduation
- Must take at least one honors course while in AVID
- Typically underrepresented in colleges and four-year universities
AVID @ AHS
AVID @ AHS has a local mission. In our AVID classrooms, we help to "build bridges over" achievement gaps. We understand that sometimes it's not enough to simply say "close the gap". Some of our students need to see "how" to close a gap. One way is to build another route to your goal, taking the focus off of the gap and placing it on the destination.
AVID was introduced in AHS in the fall 2012 with one class. In 2014, we added two sections in 9th grade and have our first 12th grade graduating class. As of this fall, we currently have a combined total of more than 100 AVID students. Our students are selected based on the above criteria and are given the choice whether or not they would like to participate in the program. AVID is voluntary.
AVID is an elective class held five days a week. AVID students are required to take at least one honors class and through AVID, they learn valuable skills, such as writing, note taking, reading, inquiry, collaboration, organization, critical thinking and more, that will help them succeed in more rigorous courses. AVID-trained tutors facilitate small group student tutorial sessions twice a week, usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Through our program, AVID students visit colleges and universities to learn about academic requirements, classes, programs, opportunities and collegiate life. They also attend career fairs, college fairs and participate in team building activities. Guest speakers, including professionals in various career fields, are invited to come in and inspire our students. We also believe in the power of support. AVID hosts special events such as Family Night and AVID student activities to reinforce team building efforts.
Why AVID Works
- Places AVID students in rigorous curriculum and gives them the support to achieve
- Provides a team of students for positive peer identification
- Redefines the teacher’s role as that of student advocate
- Transforms schools by creating a college-going culture throughout an entire school, impacting all students
AVID's Success Rate
Since it was established in California more than 30 years ago, AVID has become the most successful college preparatory program for underserved students. * 92% plan to enroll in a college or university
- 60% plan to enroll in a four-year university
- 32% plan to enroll in a two-year college
- 83% of parents have less than a four-year college degree