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Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a college readiness program designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges. The formula is simple: raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge. AVID is a 4th-12th grade system that prepares 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. 

About AVID

Today, AVID has been adopted in 45 states and serves approximately 700,000 students, grades 4-12. Schools and districts have taken methodologies and strategies from the elective AVID course and implemented them school wide and district wide to impact their entire communities and create articulated programs for college success.

School-wide achievement results from the professional development received by subject area teachers, counselors, administrators, district administrators, and especially through the success of the students targeted for the AVID elective. Use of AVID methodologies, such as Cornell note-taking, use of a binder, Socratic seminars, and group collaboration, in all classes helps create a college-going culture across the campus.


What differentiates AVID from other educational reform programs is its astounding success rate. Since 1990, more than 65,300 AVID students have graduated from high school and planned to attend college. Of the 2009 AVID graduates, 92 percent planned to attend college; 60 percent to a four-year college and 32 percent to a two-year college.

As a result, policy makers and educators now consider AVID's mission to be an essential strategy for closing the achievement gap, making college access and success available to all students.

All parents have aspirations that their child will do better than they have in life. While some parents may have the financial means to send their child to college, others may think college is out of reach.  PVSchools is helping to make the reach to college a reality for many elementary, middle and high school students with the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program.

AVID is a college readiness program designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges and to close the achievement gap. The program is intended for students in the academic middle - B, C and D students - who are often under-represented and will be the first generation college students. “These students are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their academic potential. Often times, they will be the first in their families to attend college and many are from socioeconomically disadvantaged families,” said Laura Anderson, coordinator for AVID Elementary and Secondary.


AVID trains teachers to use proven practices in order to prepare students for successes in high school, college and career. The intent is for teachers to prepare and encourage students to take Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses and move on to be successful in college. AVID elective teachers and core content area teachers use AVID resources aligned with the curriculum standards in their subject areas. All of the students in an AVID school benefit from the training received by the teachers, counselors and administrators.

At the elementary level, AVID strategies are embedded throughout the school day rather than a separate class. Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading to Learn (WICOR) strategies are taught. “When students advance to the middle school, they are prepared and well organized, take Cornell notes and have a mindset to attend college,” said Ms. Anderson.

At the middle and high school levels, the AVID College Readiness System works to ensure students are college ready by equipping them with skills, academic behaviors and college knowledge necessary to succeed at every level. “AVID help students develop a vision for their future, gain confidence in their abilities and take ownership for their learning and AVID elective classes specifically address these skills,” said Ms. Anderson.


In 2005, PVSchools implemented the AVID program at four schools. Today, the AVID program has expanded to seven schools, including Palomino Intermediate, Greenway Middle, Shea Middle, Vista Verde Middle, North Canyon High and Shadow Mountain High. North Canyon is also an AVID National Demonstration School, which less than 2 percent of the 4,500 AVID schools receive this designation.

A Snapshot of PVSchools AVID Statistics:

  • 97 percent of students who have taken an AVID elective for three years graduate high school
  • 95 percent of students who take AVID apply to a four-year college or university
  • 85 percent of those students who apply to a four-year college or university are accepted
  • 71 percent of students have submitted applications for FAFSA or State Financial Aid
  • 100 percent of AVID student complete the high school requirements for college entrance requirements

What AVID is..

  • AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.
  • AVID is an in-school academic support program for grades 4-12 that prepares students for college eligibility and success.
  • AVID places academically average students in advanced classes.
  • AVID levels the playing field for minority, rural, low-income and other students without a college-going tradition in their families.
  • AVID is for all students, but it targets those in the academic middle.
  • AVID is implemented schoolwide and districtwide.

What AVID isn't..

  • AVID isn't a remedial program.
  • AVID isn't a free ride.
  • AVID isn't a niche program.
  • AVID isn't a college outreach program.