Advancement Via Individual Determination
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What is AVID?
- AVID is a college and career readiness program designed for "middle to upper middle" academic students. These students have the potential for Honors and Advanced Placement work at the high school level, but need academic and developmental support paired with rigor.
- AVID combines rigor with support that includes the student's own individual determination and the support of teachers , other AVID students, the AVID teacher, and university tutors.
Some Requirements to be Accepted into AVID:
- GPA must fall into the range of a 2.0 to a 3.5
- Must be able to complete four-year university requirements prior to high school graduation. (Earn HS credits, pass End of Course exams, pass the HSAP exam, etc.)
- Must be a hard worker, have a positive attitude, and be collaborative in nature.
- Must be willing to devote extended time to study and improve academically.
- Must be willing to develop a routine for organizing school workload responsibilities.
- Must be willing to utilize structured note-taking and inquiry-based skills such as Cornell notes.
- Must be willing to seek assistance in classes when experiencing difficulty.
- Must be willing to actively participate in class tutorials.
What AVID is Not:
- AVID is not an "at-risk" youth program. It is a program designed to support students who would otherwise not attend a four-year university.
- AVID is not a remediation or special education class.
- AVID is not for students who do not complete their homework.
- AVID is not for the consistently "D" or "F" student.
- AVID is not a program for unmotivated students. They must have individual determination.
- AVID is not a study hall or study skills class.
- AVID is not a program for students needing help only with organization.
- AVID is not a program for Gifted and Talented students who consistently earn "A's."
Statistically and Historically Speaking...
It is much more challenging for students with one or more of the following to gain acceptance into a four-year university as a freshman:
- Students who come from a low-income family.
- Students who come from a single-parent family.
- Students with parents who are not college graduates.
- Students who are under-represented racially, culturally, or economically in colleges and universities.