AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college. The program places special emphasis on growing writing, critical thinking, teamwork, organization and reading skills.
The class is now offered in more than 2,000 U.S. high schools. Students in the AVID program usually take it throughout their high school career, some beginning at the Junior High Level.
Enrollment in the AVID class is limited. Parents can use these questions to determine if their child would benefit from the class.
1. Is AVID a good choice for my child?
The best students for the AVID elective class are usually the B or C students who have shown potential in academics. The AVID elective is best for students who are self-motivated to learn and strive to do better in their academic classes. The AVID elective at the Junior High Level is not for students who already receive high grades in their academic classes. These students may benefit from High School AVID.
2. What will my child learn?
The AVID curriculum is centered around building skills and developing behaviors that lead to success in both academics and in college readiness.
Since the class is an elective, students may miss out on participating in other elective courses. The curriculum in AVID is made to push students towards honors and Advanced Placement classes in high school.
Students participate in weekly tutorials with college students, practice their research and writing skills while preparing for discussions about current events and are taught how to take notes.
Students also have the opportunity to explore different careers and learn about colleges through the AVID elective.