What is AVID?
AVID is an elementary through post-secondary college readiness system designed to increase school-wide learning and performance. Now implemented around the world, the AVID system of teaching accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional development, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change.
How does AVID work?
AVID focuses on students in the academic middle. The formula is simple - raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge. What makes AVID different from other educational programs is its success rate. Since 1990, more than 85,500 AVID students have graduated from high school and planned to attend college. Of the 22,210 AVID 2010 seniors who reported their plans, 91.3% intended to attend a post-secondary institution; 58.3% in four-year institutions and 33.0% in two-year institutions. (2012 Data)
Why is AVID successful?
AVID places students in rigorous curriculum but gives them the support do so through the help of tutorial sessions two days a week, a peer support group, and a group of AVID teacher advocates. The AVID curriculum is focused around five essential skills that are crucial to lifelong learning. These skills are Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading - WICOR. Throughout the school year AVID students develop and advance these skills essentially helping them to be more successful in all of their academic classes.