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AVID Program

Who Participates in AVID?

Students who have the potential and desire to attend a four-year college and. . .

Have appropriate classroom behavior.

Have a grade-point average between 2.0 and a 3.7.

Have good study habits.

Are willing to commit themselves to a minimum of two hours of homework each night.

Are willing to commit to enrollment in a rigorous college-preparatory sequence of courses.

Juarez, V (310) 914-3500 ex.566 History Teacher

Phear, N (310) 914-3500 ex.754 Teacher



AVID Objectives

  • To provide academic instruction and other support to students, and to prepare them for entrance into four-year colleges and universities.
  • To give students college entry skills by helping them get organized and improving their academic performance
  • To increase the ‘coping skills’ of program participants by giving them support while guiding their educational path with academic advice and full awareness of college requirements
  • To motivate students to seek a college education
  • To increase the participants’ levels of career awareness

AVID Activities

Learning with college tutors twice a week to improve grades in other classes

Writing skills for all classes: vocabulary, proofreading skills, essays, timed writing for standardized tests, note-taking skills, research skills, and speaking skills

Developing success strategies through note-taking skills, organization and time management strategies

Participating in extra curricular activities and community activities to prepare for college applications and to gain awareness of diverse career paths

Visiting college campuses on field trips and listening to guest speakers

About AVID

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges. Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least served students in the academic middle. The formula is simple - raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge.

Today, AVID has been adopted by nearly 4,500 schools in 47 states, the District of Columbia and 16 countries/territories, and serves approximately 400,000 students, grades 4-12 (as of school year 2009-2010). Schools and districts have taken methodologies and strategies from the elective course and implemented them schoolwide and districtwide to impact their entire communities and create articulated programs for college success.

At the high school and middle level, AVID students are enrolled in their school's toughest classes, such as Advanced Placement®, and receive support in an academic elective class - called AVID - taught within the school day by a trained AVID teacher. In the accelerated elective class, AVID students receive support through a rigorous curriculum and ongoing, structured tutorials. AVID elective teachers support AVID students by providing academic training, managing their tutorials, working with faculty and parents, and by helping students develop long-range academic and personal plans.

Schoolwide achievement results from the professional development received by subject area teachers, counselors, administrators, district administrators, and especially through the success of the students targeted for the AVID elective. Use of AVID methodologies, such as Cornell note-taking and group collaboration, in all classes helps create a college-going culture across the campus.

What differentiates AVID from other educational reform programs is its astounding success rate. Since 1990, more than 65,300 AVID students have graduated from high school and planned to attend college. Of the 2009 AVID graduates, 92 percent planned to attend college; 60 percent to a four-year college and 32 percent to a two-year college.