AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a school-wide transformation effort focused on leadership, systems, instruction, and culture, and is designed to increase the number of students who enroll and succeed in higher education and in their lives beyond high school. The AVID College Readiness System is the only elementary through higher education instructional system (K–16), which allows for regional alignment that strengthens student potential for completion. AVID-trained educators teach students academic and social skills to help them develop the habits and behaviors needed to succeed in rigorous curriculum. The AVID College Readiness System is a catalyst for developing a school culture that closes the achievement, expectation, and opportunity gaps many students face, and it prepares all students for success in a global society.
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What is AVID?
AVID students show promise and have the potential for Advanced Placement and Honors work in junior high and high school, but can benefit from the academic and emotional support of this special program.
In Junior High, AVID is an elective class that students attend daily. AVID combines the student’s hard work and individual determination with a support system of teachers, college tutors, parents and other AVID students. Twice a week, students engage in tutorials in the AVID elective classroom.
Developed at San Diego’s Clairemont High School in 1980, AVID is now fulfilling college dreams in over 2,700 schools nationally and throughout the world.
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-five percent of 2006 AVID graduates were accepted to four-year colleges
AVID Supports College and Career Readiness and Common Core State Standards
* Information provided by the MPS College and Career Readiness department.
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What can we do to help low-income kids graduate from college?
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Getting kids to college is only a starting point. Helping them complete a degree program is the end goal. AVID has its priorities straight.
For the first, time it seems possible that we’re figuring out how to accomplish an agonizingly elusive goal: ensuring that low-income students not just enter college but complete college.
The latest evidence emerged this week when Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), a national college readiness nonprofit found in many high-poverty schools, released its college success numbers. AVID, which works with teachers to guide low-income, minority students into college-prep pathways — and give them the tools to succeed — was able to track its 82,807 alumni from three graduating classes.
Bottom line: 42% of its alumni earned four-year degrees, compared with 11% of similar students. That’s striking, considering the students AVID targets: So-so students who at some point, in some class or on some test, showed a glimmer of college potential.