Advancement Via Indivudual Determination
AVID is a fourth- through twelfth-grade system to prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students, and in closing the achievement gap. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.
AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.
|AVID's mission is...|
Our mission is student-focused, but our work transforms the behaviors
and expectations of the teachers who support the AVID student. Our
mission centers on the goals our students set out to achieve.
|...to close the achievement gap|
At AVID, we seek to close the achievement gap by improving the
performance of all students, especially those who have not traditionally
succeeded in completing college entrance requirements: students who are
underrepresented in four-year colleges and universities, students in
the academic middle, students who are the first in their family to go to
|...by preparing all students|
A common misconception about AVID is that we focus solely on minority
and low-income students. Not at all! AVID is a college readiness system
that starts in elementary school. We have a schoolwide approach for
elementary grades where AVID is available to ALL students. In middle and
high school, we target a core population of students who enroll in an
AVID elective class. As the system takes root in secondary schools, AVID
gradually expands schoolwide to serve all students. AVID Postsecondary
continues to support students in their efforts to earn a college degree
by developing the skills needed to persist in college.
|...for college readiness|
Because AVID provides students with a clearly defined and delineated road map, they gain the confidence needed to pursue their dreams of college. AVID prepares students for the rigors of college, and provides them with academic skills, content knowledge, and social adaptability needed for college success.
|...and success in a global society.|
The AVID system empowers students by instilling in them the academic and social skills needed to successfully complete college and become responsible participants and leaders in our global society.
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|This two-minute piece provides a quick overview of the AVID program. It is meant to be a short introduction. We encourage you to watch additional videos or read more about the program on the AVID website for more in-depth information. (2 min. 6 sec.)|
|Seniors of the L. V. Berkner High School Class of 2009 reflected on their journey toward graduation by creating a personal cardboard confessional. The intent of this project was to bid farewell to high school and to the faculty who mentored them. (11 min. 24 sec.)|
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page updated 10/12/10