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What is AVID?

What does AVID
stand for?
AVID: A dvancement V ia
I ndividual D etermination
AVID is a national program and
curriculum designed to support
students in a challenging
college preparatory course of
study.
Created in 1980 by a single
classroom teacher in San
Diego, CA.: Mary Catherine
Swanson.
Example AVID 6th gr. Schedule
RELA
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies
P.E. / Fine Arts
AVID
The AVID Curriculum
The AVID Elective class features:
Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration,
Reading, Notetaking, and Study
Skills
AVID activities include a focus on
college, career, citizenship,
leadership and motivation
Students travel throughout the
year to visit area colleges and
universities
Writing
Inquiry
Collaboration
Reading
The AVID Curriculum
The elective class features
tutoring twice a week in all
subjects, led by college students.
AVID students are expected to
enroll in at least one
Honors/Pre AP course each
semester
AVID students maintain an AVID
binder and take notes in all
their subject area classes
2 ½ Inches of
“Love & Organization.”
An AVID nominee should:
Currently be an average student making
mostly B’s and C’s in REGULAR courses
Potential to be a successful in honors and
Pre-AP courses with AVID SUPPORT
(extra time, tutoring and AVID elective)
Show the ability or tendency to be
SELF-MOTIVATED
Have APPROPRIATE classroom behavior
An AVID nominee should:
Have GOOD attendance (fewer than 5
absences/semester)
Show the desire to WORK HARD and
prepare themselves for high school
graduation
Express an INTEREST and WILLINGNESS
to work to be admitted to college
One or more of the following
should apply to the student:
First in the family to attend college
Low income/ economically disadvantaged
Underserved ethnicity in four-year
colleges
Other special circumstances

If you are unsure of student
circumstances…that’s okay!!
Once nominated…

A student’s grades and behavior/attendance
reports are compiled in preparation for their
interview.
Then each nominee is interviewed.

Please carefully consider these
issues before recommending that the
committee initiates this process for a
student.
If you see a potentially successful
match, DEFINITELY nominate the
student!
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