AVID: Advancement Via Individual Determination
What is AVID?
AVID is a college readiness system designed to increasethe number of students who enroll in and persist in four-year colleges. The AVIDCollege Readiness System (ACRS) incorporates three distinct components - AVID Elementary, AVID Secondary (Elective) and AVID Postsecondary. Each component addressesthe needs of students to help bridge the path from elementary schoolthrough postsecondary
completion. For over 30 yearsAVID Secondary has accelerated student learning, used research based methods of effective instruction,provided meaningful and motivational professional development, and acted as acatalyst for systemic reform and change.
At the secondary grade levels (6th-12th grades), AVID isan approved elective course taken during the school day. Students are usuallyselected to enroll in an AVID class after an application process. For one classperiod a day, they learn organizational and study skills, work on criticalthinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and collegetutors, and participate in
enrichment and motivational activities that make collegeseem attainable. Students enrolled in AVID are typically required to enroll in atleast one of their school's toughest classes, such as honors or Advanced Placement®,in addition to the AVID elective. As students progress in AVID, their self-imagesimprove, and they become academically successful leaders and role models for otherstudents.
The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developedby middle and senior high school teachers in collaboration with collegeprofessors. It is driven by the WICOR method, which stands for writing, inquiry,collaboration, organization and reading. AVID curriculum is used in AVID electiveclasses and in content-area classes (English language arts, math, science, and socialstudies) in AVID schools.
The AVID Student
AVID targets students in the academic middle, who havethe desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students whoare capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of theirpotential. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many arefrom low-income or minority families. AVID pulls these students out of theirunchallenging courses and puts them on the college track: acceleration instead ofremediation.
The AVID Curriculum
The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, wasdeveloped by middle and senior high school teachers in collaboration with collegeprofessors. It is driven by the WICOR method, which stands for writing, inquiry,collaboration, organization, and reading. AVID curriculum is used in AVID electiveclasses and in content-area classes in AVID schools.
The AVID Site Team
One key to a successful AVID program is a sitecoordinator/teacher who is a respected site instructional leader who works well withsecondary school personnel and college students and faculty, who can organizecurriculum as well as activities, and who is committed to serving the needs of targetstudents. The coordinator also works with colleagues to implement AVID methodologiesschoolwide, to place
students in college preparatory curriculum, and to workwith counselors to guide students through the college application process. Aninterdisciplinary site team helps support the implementation of AVID on the campus.An AVID district director coaches and supports the AVID site team to ensurefidelity and quality of AVID on the site.