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AVID 101

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.

One of the most impressive and consistent indicators of AVID's success is the rate at which it sends students to four-year colleges. Seventy-eight percent of 2008 AVID graduates were accepted to a four-year college.
The graph shows the national percentages of AVID students.

The AVID Student

AVID targets students in the academic middle - B, C, and even D students - who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard.  These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential.  Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families.  AVID pulls these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track: acceleration instead of remediation. This year at Heritage, AVID is offered as an elective course to all 9th and 10th grade students who applied and were accepted to the program.  All AVID students in the 2013-2014 school year have been involved in a student-led service learning project, including fundraising for supplies needed at the Golden Valley Animal Humane Society and toys and goods needed for children at the Minneapolis Children's Hospital.

Quick Facts

What AVID is...
• AVID is an acronym that 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.


AVID online website
Information about Cornell Notes
Information about the AVID binder