What is AVID?
Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college and career readiness system for middle school through post-secondary students, which is designed to increase school-wide learning and academic performance.
AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society, which directly supports Lake County Schools' goal to provide every student with individual opportunities to excel.
The AVID College Readiness System accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful professional learning, and acts as a catalyst for school wide change. At its core at the secondary level is the AVID elective class' curriculum, which builds critical skills and supports student success.
The AVID Elective Class
The AVID Elective is the core of AVID Secondary. It targets students in the academic middle with the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. Often, AVID Elective students will be the first in their families to attend college, and come from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum with the support of the AVID Elective class.
The AVID Elective class places these students on the college track, requiring students to enroll in the most rigorous courses that are appropriate for them, such as Honors and Advanced Placement®. To support them in the rigorous coursework, AVID students learn organizational and study skills, develop critical thinking, learn to ask probing questions, receive academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities to make their college dreams reality.
The AVID Curriculum
The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is based on best teaching practices in writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading, and it is supported by state and national content standards. AVID curriculum is used in the AVID Elective and content-area classes in AVID schools to guide teachers and students, while planning strategies for success, by focusing on time management and study skills.