AVID – Advancement Via Individual Determination – is a rigorous academic program aimed at closing opportunity gaps and preparing all students for college, careers and success in a global society.
The goal is for AVID students to be supported academically and emotionally on their journey to college. By establishing a framework and culture of college readiness, the program accelerates underachieving students into more rigorous courses, creates a positive peer group for students and provides intensive support with in-class tutorials and strong student-teacher relationships.
93% of middle school students report that their goal is to attend college. However, only 44% enroll in college, and only 26% graduate with a college diploma within six years of enrolling (Conley, 2012a; Conley, 2012b). In the workplace, 85% of current jobs and 90% of new jobs require some or more college or post-secondary education.
Roughly half of the students who enter a 4-year school will receive a bachelor’s degree within 6 years.
How AVID Works:
- Teaches academic skills and behaviors not targeted in other classes
- Provides intensive support with in-class tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships
- Accelerates underachieving students into more rigorous courses
- Creates a positive peer group for students
- Develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination
- Establishes a schoolwide structure focusing on college readiness and college success
The AVID College Readiness System:
- Provides a schoolwide system to impact all students
- Raises student achievement
- Transforms a school’s culture to a college readiness culture
- Closes the achievement gap
- Increases the number of students enrolled in higher-level courses (Pre-AP and AP)
Dr. Jamal Doggett
Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Curriculum and Instruction and Administration