What is AVID?
AVID is an academic, regularly scheduled elective class, during the school day, based on writing as a tool of learning, the inquiry method, and collaborative grouping. The three main components of the program are:
- academic instruction,
- tutorial support, and
- motivational activities
AVID is offered in grades seven through twelve. AVID is a state approved innovative course, and students in grades nine through twelve receive an elective credit for the course each year.
Who is an AVID student?
AVID students are students in the middle, capable of completing a college preparatory path with support. These students often are not realizing their full potential academically. In the identification process a number of criteria are considered, including:
- State test scores
- Desire and Determination
- First in Family to Attend College
- Historically Underrepresented in 4-year Colleges
- Economically Disadvantaged
- Other Special Circumstances
While all of the criteria are considered for acceptance into the program, no single criteria will necessarily eliminate a student from consideration. The AVID program should reflect the demographics of the school it is serving.
Students participating in special education, gifted and talented programs, and ESL will be considered for AVID based on the criteria listed above. Currently, there are a number of students from these groups successfully participating in the AVID program.
Once selected for AVID, what are the student requirements?
AVID students must:
- attend an AVID elective class,
- enroll in one or more advanced academic class (Pre-AP or AP) each semester,
- maintain satisfactory citizenship and attendance in all classes,
- maintain the AVID binder with assignment/grade record sheets and daily notes in all classes, and
- complete all homework assignments and commit to studying every night.