Advancement Via Individual Determination
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college‐readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four‐year colleges. Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least served 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. The AVID system has been adopted by thousands of schools representing almost every state, as well as many other countries and territories. Also, AVID is beginning to spread to elementary campuses, as well as postsecondary institutions. Schools and districts have taken AVID’s methodologies and WICOR strategies (writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading) from the elective course and implemented them schoolwide and districtwide to impact student learning.
The AVID Faculty
One key to a successful AVID program is a site coordinator/teacher who is a respected site instructional leader, who works well with secondary school personnel and college students and faculty, who can organize curriculum as well as activities, and who is committed to serving the needs of target students. The coordinator also works with colleagues to implement AVID methodologies schoolwide, to place students in college preparatory curriculum, and to work with counselors to guide students through the college application process.
AVID Secondary Coordinators