Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
AVID is at work in over 4,500 schools in every state of the Union (except Maine, Montana, and Rhode Island) as well as the District of Columbia. It is also implemented in 16 countries/territories throughout the world. AVID is a middle school and high school program designed to prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students and in closing the achievement gap. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination
The AVID Student
We pride ourselves in recruiting a diverse group on students who are enthusiastic about college entrance and who feel that the AVID class will help them reach their college dreams. AVID targets students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are sometimes falling short of their potential. AVID pulls these students out of unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track: acceleration instead of remediation.
The AVID Elective
Not only are students enrolled in their school's toughest classes, such as honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment courses, but also in the AVID elective. For one period a day, they learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. Their self-images improve, and they become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.
The AVID Curriculum
The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and senior high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is driven by the WICR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading. AVID curriculum is used in AVID elective classes, in content-area classes throughout the entire school.
The AVID Faculty
One key to a successful AVID program is a site coordinator and elective teachers who are respected site instructional leaders who work well with secondary school personnel and college students and faculty, who can organize curriculum as well as activities, and who are committed to serving the needs of target students. The coordinator also works with colleagues to implement AVID methodologies schoolwide, to place students in college preparatory curriculum, and to work with counselors to guide students through the college application process.
The AVID Tutor
Tutors are essential to the success of the AVID elective class, where they facilitate student access to rigorous curriculum. As students from colleges and universities or college graduates, tutors receive formal training and also serve as role models. Sandalwood has a unique partnership with UNF that provides a steady flow of quality education majors from their university.
The AVID Parent
AVID parents encourage their students to achieve academically, participate in AVID parent and site team meetings, and maintain regular contact with the AVID coordinator. Many parents and students participate in AVID Family Workshops. Parents can also be a part of the newly developing AVID Booster Club.
Education programs sometimes suffer from being warm and fuzzy, full of good intentions but without hard data to support their claims. By contrast, AVID is a proven, data-driven program with decades of measurable results. Independent research, together with AVID's own data, validate that the AVID college-readiness system works. Consider: AVID students are more likely to take AP classes, complete their college eligibility requirements, and get into four-year colleges than students who don't take AVID. Almost all AVID students who participate for at least three years are accepted to college, with roughly three quarters enrolling in four-year universities. AVID also helps ensure students, once accepted to college, possess the higher-level skills they need for college success. The elective class also encourages and provides opportunities for community service and scholarship opportunities.
What AVID is...
- AVID is an acronym that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.
- AVID is an in-school academic support program that prepares students for college eligibility and success.
- AVID is for all students, but it targets those in the academic middle.
- AVID is implemented school-wide and district-wide.
- AVID is a program that allows for participation in dual-enrollment classes.
What AVID isn't...
- AVID isn't a remedial program.
- AVID isn't a free ride.
- AVID isn't a niche program.
- AVID isn't a college outreach program.
- AVID isn’t a pass/fail class.