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AVID prepares students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. AVID is based on the idea that “effort creates ability” and it has proven to bring out the best in students and in closing the achievement gap.

The mission of AVID is to ensure that ALL students and most especially the least served students who are in the middle will: succeed in rigorous curriculum; complete a rigorous college preparatory path; increase their enrollment in four-year colleges; and become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.

The AVID Student

AVID targets students in the academic middle — B, C, and even D students — 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 falling short of their potential. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. AVID pulls these students out of their less challenging 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 and advanced placement, 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 college 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 high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is driven by the WICOR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading.

The AVID Tutor

Tutors are essential to the success of the AVID elective class, where they facilitate student access to rigorous curriculum. Our tutors are local colleges students, along with some of our top EC Juniors and Seniors, and they receive formal training to support our AVID students during tutorials.

 For more information, see Ms. Tyler in room 33, or send an email: