What is AVID?
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a program designed to increase student learning and performance school-wide, through participation and success in rigorous curricula. The AVID method increases enrollment and success in nationally standardized pre-AP and AP classes, thus improving student application and acceptance rates to four-year colleges. AVID specifically focuses on supporting and encouraging students “in the middle” or those who would be first generation college–bound, helping them to complete college-preparatory academic paths. Students attend an AVID academic elective course whose educators are specially trained through AVID‘s professional development and team planning. AVID students also enjoy the benefits of outside enrichment activities.
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,
- will complete a college preparatory path,
- will enter mainstream activities of the school,
- will increase their enrollment in four-year colleges, and
- will become educated, responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.
AVID's systemic approach is designed to support students and educators as they increase schoolwide/districtwide learning and performance.
- enroll in at least one advanced academic class per semester (AP, Pre-AP, Pre-determined rigorous course);
- attend an AVID elective class (earns 1.0 academic high school credit, grades 9-12);
- graduate on the Texas Recommended or Distinguished plan.
Students apply to the AVID Program. Acceptance is based on criteria such as TAKS scores, grades, attendance, behavior, Pre-AP and AP enrollment, course enrollment and special circumstances. AVID focuses on students who are, or may be capable of completing a college-preparatory academic path with extra support and guidance, including first generation, college-bound students.
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