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AVID – Advancement Via Individual Determination – is a rigorous academic program aimed at closing opportunity gaps and preparing all students for college, careers and success in a global society. 

The goal is for AVID students to be supported academically and emotionally on their journey to college. By establishing a framework and culture of college readiness, the program accelerates underachieving students into more rigorous courses, creates a positive peer group for students and provides intensive support with in-class tutorials and strong student-teacher relationships. 

93% of middle school students report that their goal is to attend college. However, only 44% enroll in college, and only 26% graduate with a college diploma within six years of enrolling (Conley, 2012a; Conley, 2012b).  In the workplace, 85% of current jobs and 90% of new jobs require some or more college or post-secondary education.

Roughly half of the students who enter a 4-year school will receive a bachelor’s degree within 6 years.

How AVID Works:

  • Teaches academic skills and behaviors not targeted in other classes
  • Provides intensive support with in-class tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships
  • Accelerates underachieving students into more rigorous courses
  • Creates a positive peer group for students
  • Develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination
  • Establishes a schoolwide structure focusing on college readiness and college success

The AVID College Readiness System:

  • Provides a schoolwide system to impact all students
  • Raises student achievement
  • Transforms a school’s culture to a college readiness culture
  • Closes the achievement gap
  • Increases the number of students enrolled in higher-level courses (Pre-AP and AP)

Contact Info

Dr. Jamal Doggett
Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Curriculum and Instruction and Administration