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AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.
It an elective and school-wide system that promotes increased college eligibility and access to rigorous curriculum.
The AVID elective offers students a clear-cut path to college, beginning in their middle school years.
Trained tutors, participation in rigorous academic classes, the AVID elective curriculum, and the AVID elective social support structure prepare students for academic success.
The school-wide system restructures the teaching methodology of the school to make college preparatory curricula accessible to almost all students.
AVID supports staff with an articulated professional development program including quarterly workshops, summer institute training, coaching, mentoring and technical support.
Part of AVID’s foundation is supporting students both inside and outside the classroom for continued success.
AVID is a proven college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll and persist in post-secondary education.
At the secondary grade levels (7th-12th grades), AVID is an approved elective course taken during the school day.
Students are usually selected to enroll in an AVID class after an application process.
The formula is simple: raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge.
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 W.I.C.O.R. method, which stands for Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Crganization and Reading.
AVID curriculum is used in AVID elective classes and in content-area classes (English/language arts, math, science, and history) in AVID schools.
What differentiates AVID from other educational reform programs is its astounding success rate.
Of the 2011 AVID Seniors reporting, 98.8% graduated and 91% intended to attend a postsecondary institution; 58% in four-year institutions and 33% in two-year institutions
Who are AVID students?
AVID Students are students "in the middle" with four-year college potential.
It 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.
AVID places these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track: acceleration instead of remediation.
They receive academic support,their self-images improve, and they become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.
Students learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable.
What do AVID parent do?
AVID parents encourage their students to achieve academically, participate on an advisory board, in AVID parents, and site team meetings, and maintain regular telephone contact with the AVID coordinator.
How does the community support AVID?
Colleges demonstrate their support of AVID programs in many ways.
They may provide class speakers, offer college credit courses to AVID high school students, include AVID students in residential, academically-oriented summer bridge programs, and follow and support the progress of AVID students during their college careers.
The community supports AVID by providing speakers and summer apprenticeships for AVID students.